You’re invited to the launch of Gently to Nagasaki, a new memoir by one of Canada’s most celebrated authors, Joy Kogawa.

Please note the venue has changed!

WHERE: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

WHEN: Thursday, September 22
Doors open at 6:00pm
Presentation 6:30 to 9:00pm

Free admission. Books available for sale and signing.
This launch is presented by LiterAsian 2016: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing. Introduced by Jim Wong-Chu.

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Gently to Nagasaki is a spiritual pilgrimage, an exploration both communal and intensely personal. Set in Vancouver and Toronto, the outposts of Slocan and Coaldale, the streets of Nagasaki, and the high mountains of Shikoku, Japan, it is also an account of a remarkable life. As a child during WWII, Joy Kogawa was interned with her family and thousands of other Japanese Canadians by the Canadian government. Her acclaimed novel Obasan, based on that experience, brought her literary recognition and played a critical role in the movement for redress.

“One of the most important memoirs in recent Canadian literature.” — Mary Jo Leddy, CM, Canadian writer, speaker, theologian, and social activist

Gently to Nagasaki ultimately offers a sobering treatise on the nature of some wounds: we can carry them with us long after their surface has healed and the pain they cause might never fully disappear.” — Macleans