Minnesota author Caren Stelson was at the Red Balloon Bookshop
in Saint Paul for reading, discussion, and activities surrounding her book Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
. This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Inspired by Sachiko’s commitment to nonviolence, Red Balloon rededicated their World Citizen Peace Site and invited guests to help fold 1,000 paper cranes in addition to the reading and book signing.
Saturn Returns performed a couple of peace songs and Caren introduced her book, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story. She told of her research efforts to make everything as authentic as possible and how her book came to be written. Keiko Kawakami translated some beginning Japanese phrases from Sachiko’s own words while Caren read some dramatic sections from the story so the audience would understand the full meaning of what happened and how Sachiko wanted her story told. Martha Roberts gave a short review of World Citizen, our mission, and our five Peace Actions.
Saturn Returns sang another song as the audience followed them outside to the Peace Site where everyone hung up a string of multi-colored paper cranes on Red Balloon’s peace tree. After that we all went back in and the audience joined Saturn Returns in a lovely peace song entitled “One Voice.” We ended by joining in fellowship with delicious Nagasaki cake.