Cozy Fest: Keiko Honda + Accidental Blooms

Joining us on Cozy Fest is a writer who wears many hats: scientist, community organizer, and painter, Keiko Honda reads a heartwarming passage from her debut memoir Accidental Blooms (Caitlin Press) in which a chance encounter begins a lifelong friendship.


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Keiko Honda reads from Accidental Blooms (Caitlin Press)

About our reader

Keiko Honda is a scientist, writer, community organizer and painter. She holds a PhD in international community health from New York University, but when she suddenly contracted a rare autoimmune disease that confined her to a wheelchair for life, she had to leave her career in research at Columbia University inNew York. After moving to Vancouver in 2009, Keiko started hosting artist salons, for which she was awarded the City of Vancouver’s Remarkable Women award in 2014. Shortly thereafter, she founded the VancouverArts Colloquium Society to bridge generations and cultures through the arts and to offer members of marginalized communities in Vancouver opportunities for artistic self-discovery. She teaches the aesthetics of co-creation in the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program at Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and enjoys watercolour painting and hosting her salons.

Photo credit Kim Bellavance

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Thanks to Keiko for reading from her memoir for All Lit Up’s second-annual Cozy Fest! You can learn more about Accidental Blooms, and order from ALU or your fave local bookstore (via the Shop Local button), right here.

For more to come, or to catch up on the series, click here.