2022 Festival
October 17–23

Grace Eiko Thomson

GRACE EIKO THOMSON for Chiru Sakura—Falling Cherry Blossoms (Caitlin Press): A vital memoir by two Japanese Canadian women reflecting on their family history, cultural heritage, generational trauma, and the meaning of home. At eight years old, Grace Eiko Nishikihama was forcibly removed from her Vancouver home and interned with her parents and siblings in the BC Interior. This is a moving and politically outspoken memoir written by Grace, now a grandmother, with passages from a journal kept by her late mother, Sawae Nishikihama.