By (author): Mark Sakamoto

Illustrated by: Hiro Kanagawa

Mitsue Sakamoto and Ralph MacLean both suffered tremendous loss during WWII: Mitsue as a survivor of a Japanese Canadian internment camp, and Ralph as a prisoner in a Japanese POW camp. In order to rebuild their lives and their families after the war, Ralph and Mitsue must find the grace and generosity necessary to forgive those who have wronged them. Their paths eventually cross in 1968 when Mitsue’s son and Ralph’s daughter begin dating, and Ralph is invited to Mitsue’s home for dinner.

This soaring adaptation of Mark Sakamoto’s award-winning memoir affirms the power of forgiveness and shows us that in our challenging times characterized by political divisiveness, xenophobia, and race hatred, the story of Mitsue and Ralph’s personal triumphs over hatred, injustice, violence, and bigotry remains vitally relevant and urgently necessary.


Hiro Kanagawa

Cindy Mochizuki’s illustrative work has appeared in West Coast Line, Front magazine and Alternatives Journal. Her short films and exhibitions, including AIR 475 (2014), have been screened both domestically and internationally. She currently lives in Vancouver, where received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.


Mark Sakamoto

A lawyer by training, Mark Sakamoto has enjoyed a rich and varied career, having worked at a national law firm, a national broadcaster, and served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. He is Executive Vice President of Think Research, a leading global digital health company with over five hundred employees operating on four continents. In 2014, Mark authored his first book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, which went on to be a #1 national bestseller, winning CBC Canada Reads in 2018, and hitting #1 again for a second time. In 2020, Mark hosted and was an executive producer on Good People, a five-part documentary series that explores humanity’s biggest problems, co-produced by Vice Media and CBC. He lives in Toronto and Prince Edward County with his wife and their two daughters.


“Hiro has truly brought Forgiveness to life with a wondrous grace. This promises to be theatre that will stay with you for a very long time.”


  • Governor General’s Literary Awards 2023, Short-listed
  • Calgary Theatre Critic’s Awards – Outstanding New Play 2023, Winner
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    216 Pages
    8.30in * 5.30in * .60in


    January 10, 2023



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