Mark Sakamoto’s 2017 memoir, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, beautifully chronicles the stories of his grandparents and their struggles during the war years. Forgiveness intertwines the compelling stories of Ralph MacLean and the Sakamotos as the war rips their lives and their humanity out of their grasp. But somehow, despite facing such enormous transgressions against them, the two families learned to forgive.
Without the depth of their forgiveness, the book’s author, Mark Sakamoto, would never have existed. Forgiveness is a national best seller and has won the CBC Canada Reads and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the OLA Evergreen Award.
Speaker: Mark Sakamoto
Mark Sakamoto, a lawyer by training, has enjoyed a rich and varied career. He began his professional career in live music, working with several international acts. He has worked at a national law firm, a national broadcaster and has served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. He is an entrepreneur and investor in digital health, digital media and real estate. He sits on the Board of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Sakamoto lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
Moderators: David Tanaka and John Harding
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 Time: 6:45 – 9 pm Location: Room PE250, 1st ChoiceSavings Centre, University of Lethbridge Cost: Free lecture and free parking, everyone welcome, please register at: Eventbrite
Many thanks to Ron and Joyce Sakamoto, Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, University of Lethbridge, Wesbridge Construction, Lethbridge Herald and SACPA for making this event possible.
The University of Lethbridge Book Store will be on hand selling Mark Sakamoto’s award winning book Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents