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Forgiveness: A Conversation with Mark & Jeanne

Sunday, October 14, 2:00 PM
The Pavilion at The Water Tower Inn
360 Great Northern Rd.

Adults $29, Students $19 (plus HST and/or Box Office fees where applicable)

Join journalist Jeanne Beker in conversation with author Mark Sakamoto about his family memoire Forgiveness, winner of CBC Canada Reads 2018

"SHIKATA-GA-NAI"  "If you can't help it, you have to survive it."

Despite the ravages of war, both Mitsue Sakamoto and Ralph MacLean maintained their dignity in the face of tragedy and injustice.  They opted to view life through the lens of forgiveness.  They rose from the ashes, rebuilt their shattered lives, and raised children with compassionate hearts, who, in turn, went on to raise their own loving families.  It's this precious legacy of Mitsue and Ralph that this book celebrates--a road map to inner piece, that shows us that by letting go, rising above anger and resentment, and keeping open hearts and minds, we can be healed.

"Forgiveness" sheds light on a shameful chapter in Canadian history and at the same time, is an eye-opening testament to courage, acceptance and living in love.  Most importantly, this book is an ode to the power of telling personal stories, to inspire future generations and help heal the world.  Jeanne Beker

Mark Sakamoto, a lawyer by training, has enjoyed a rich and varied career. He began by promoting live music, which led to work with several international acts. He has worked at a Canadian broadcaster and served as a senior political advisor. Both an entrepreneur and an investor in digital health and media, he chairs the board of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Sakamoto’s family memoir Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents won CBC Canada Reads 2018 and once again became a number one national bestseller. Mark lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Television, along with what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

A seasoned newspaper columnist and features writer, Jeanne is a founding member of MuchMusic, launched the legendary Fashion Television and was editor-in-chief of FQ and SIRmagazines from 2003 to 2008; she has authored five books; and she is a frequent guest on myriad lifestyle shows.

Active with several charitable organizations, Jeanne received an honourary doctorate from St. Mary’s University, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Special Achievement Award from the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, a Crystal Award from Toronto Women in Film and Television, the Order of Canada and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2016.

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