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Amendment to UWeekly: A ticketed reception will be held at Nikka Yuko at 4:30, THEN a free event at the U of L PE250 at 6:45.
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, this book's author, Mark Sakamoto, would never have existed. Forgiveness is a national bestseller and has won CBC Canada Reads, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and the OLA Evergreen Award.
The question and answer segment of the evening will be hosted by Dr. John Harding and David Tanaka. Dr. Harding is a professor of East Asian religions at the University of Lethbridge and the founding coordinator of the University’s Asian Studies program. David Tanaka spent a 30-year career in journalism working as a writer, editor, and executive publisher. He has lectured at Lethbridge College and he has a keen interest and deep knowledge of Japanese culture and Japanese– Canadian history.
Itinerary of the Evening:
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Reception at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, and refreshments, and will enjoy the debut exhibition of art, calligraphy, and poetry by Dr. Junichi Saga. This portion of the evening is by invitation or reception ticket.
6:45 p.m. | The evening speaking event at the University of Lethbridge's 1st Choice Savings Centre, room PE250 is free and everyone is welcome. Advanced tickets for premium seating are available for purchase through Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. The event will begin with greetings from dignitaries.
7:00 p.m. | Mark Sakamoto Presentation
7:50 p.m. | Question and Answer session hosted by Dr. John Harding and David Tanaka.
8:20 p.m. | Mix and mingle and book signing
Complete Reception Tickets - Includes the debut of the Dr. Saga exhibition at the Garden and features food, beverages, refreshments, and premium seating to Mark Sakamoto’s speaking event at the University of Lethbridge. Cost is $50 and guests will receive a $25 charitable organization tax receipt.
The evening speaking event at the University of Lethbridge's 1st Choice Savings Centre, room PE250 is free and everyone is welcome.
Advanced tickets ($10) for premium seating are available for purchase through Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. Call 403-328-3511 or purchase at the Garden’s Visitors Centre.