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National Book Award Nominee Caren Stelson discusses "Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story"


This event is cosponsored by The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee and by World Citizen. Leo B. Hansen will be perform traditional Japanese flute music .


“Books about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for young people are plentiful, but very few focus on the hibakusha, survivors of the bombings, and this important biography notably fills that gap.”--Kirkus Reviews

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. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson shares the true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and chronicles her long journey to find peace. This special book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath.


Leo B. Hansen performs Japanese flute music on the shakuhachi,  providing an opportunity to enjoy this unusual instrumental music. Hansen’s first recording of “shakuhachi honkyoku” and folk songs will be released soon. Learn more at

The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) is committed to cultural understanding and appreciation, through both public and members-only events, and the continual development of our sister city relationship with Nagasaki, Japan. The committee connects Japanese and American cultures through grass-roots ambassadorship and promotes Japanese culture in the greater Twin Cities metro area. Formed in 1955, Saint Paul and Nagasaki is the oldest sister city relationship between a U.S. city and an Asian city. Learn more at

World Citizen is a nonprofit organization based in Saint Paul, MN with a mission to empower communities to educate for a just and peaceful world. Five peace actions guide World Citizen:(1) Seek peace within yourself and others; (2) Reach out in service; (3) Protect the environment; (4) Respect diversity; (5) Be a responsible citizen of the world. More information is available at


Caren Stelson has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467789035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books - October 1st, 2016