BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.6869@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20240513T000000Z DTEND:20240513T000000Z DESCRIPTION:“Keiko Honda is sharing much more than a memoir. She is shari ng a philosophy of love and care in a time of anxiety and uncertainty. She shares a journey of possibilities when adversity strikes with life-alteri ng challenges. This book is both an evocation as well as an example of ‘ seeing with the heart.’ Our world is a better place for Keiko Honda’s generous gift(s).”\n\n—Bernard Perley\, associate professor for Critic al Indigenous Studies\, UBC\n\nKeiko Honda is living a successful\, busy l ife as a scientist of cancer epidemiology at Columbia University in New Yo rk City when one morning she abruptly loses all strength in her legs. She phones a friend to care for her twenty-month-old daughter and rushes to th e hospital. Within hours\, she can barely breathe. She soon discovers she is permanently paralyzed from the chest down due to a rare autoimmune dise ase with a frequency of approximately one case per million per year. Sudde nly\, she’s that one. As Keiko struggles for life\, she learns through l ived experience the importance of community to healing\, one of her prior research interests at Columbia. \n\nSeeking a wheelchair-accessible home closer to nature in which to raise her daughter\, Keiko moves to Vancouver \, Canada. She starts hosting informal artist salons\, forms a mutually su pportive group of artists and art-loving neighbours and then\, surprisingl y\, becomes an artist herself. While her illness forced her departure from a career she spent twelve years building\, it would ultimately provide th e opportunity to live a life dedicated to community\, friendship and art\, as well as the continually evolving process of self-discovery as a mother \, Japanese immigrant\, survivor and artist.\n\nWhen painting with waterco lours\, artists sometimes produce unintentional\, unpredictable eruptions of colour that flow from one region to another across a too-wet surface. K eiko feels a camaraderie with these “accidental blooms\,” as she calls them\, because she\, too\, has had to plunge across unfamiliar borders an d discovered beauty along the way. <em>Accidental Blooms</em> is a story of profound transformation that demonstrates how tragedy can teach one to see anew.\n\nKeiko Honda's Accidental Blooms is among the 46 works of Can adian nonfiction selected to be read in fall 2023 by the CBC.\n\nFree Regi stration: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/join-us-for-the-launch-of-a ccidental-blooms-by-keiko-honda-at-flying-books-tickets-838038775537?aff=o ddtdtcreator" target="_blank">https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/join-us-for-the- launch-of-accidental-blooms-by-keiko-honda-at-flying-books-tickets-8380387 75537?aff=oddtdtcreator</a> DTSTAMP:20240619T030110Z SUMMARY:Toronto Book Launch: Accidental Blooms URL:/en/events/2024/05/13/toronto-book-launch-accidental-blooms/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR