Joy Kogawa

British Columbia
Joy Kogawa is the award-winning author of three novels, seven collections of poetry, and two books for children. Born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese-Canadian parents, Kogawa was forced to move to Slocan, BC during World War II, an injustice she addresses in her acclaimed novel Obasan. Kogawa has worked tirelessly to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese-Canadians and is a long-time activist in the areas of peace and reconciliation. In 2010, the Japanese government honoured her with the Order of the Rising Sun. Gently to Nagasaki is her long-awaited memoir.