Canada Reads 2018: a discussion with author Mark Sakamoto

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CBC, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), and the Ottawa Writers Festival invite you to a discussion of Canada Reads 2018 contender Forgiveness, with its author, Mark Sakamoto, in conversation with the host Alan Neal.

Monday, March 19, 2018
At 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada
Pellan Room
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Free admission

Canada Reads is CBC’s annual “Battle of the Books,” and features five celebrity champions defending five Canadian books. Each day on the program, a book is voted “off the shelf”, until one book is ultimately chosen as the title the whole country should read this year. The Canada Reads 2018 debates feature singer-songwriter Mozhdah Jamalzadah, defending Sharon Bala’s The Boat People; actor Tahmoh Penikett, defending Omar El Akkad’s American War; tornado hunter Greg Johnson, defending Craig Davidson’s Precious Cargo; fashion icon Jeanne Beker, defending Mark Sakamoto’s Forgiveness and singer-songwriter Jully Black, defending Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto is the true story of how the author’s grandparents survived the Second World War. A young Canadian soldier deployed to Hong Kong, Mark’s maternal grandfather was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war, enduring brutal conditions in captivity. His paternal grandmother, meanwhile, was forced from her home in Vancouver and interned in Alberta, along with many other Japanese-Canadian families. Forgiveness tells their stories, and the story of how they learned to forgive and move forward for the sake of their children.

Seating is limited, so please register by March 18, 2018. For more information about this event, please email


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