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Kerri Sakamoto believes Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear is 'essential reading' for creative people

The author of the novel The Floating City talks about why she loved reading Kyo Maclear's memoir.
Kerri Sakamoto recommends reading Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear. (Daniel Tisch/Anchor Canada)
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Kerri Sakamoto is the author of the novel Floating Citythe story of a young man who, after surviving Japanese internment in Canada, follows his architectural dreams in Toronto.

Below, she shares why she recommends reading Kyo Maclear's Birds Art Lifea finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize in 2017, for anyone interested in the creative process.

"The book I go back to and turn the pages down again and again is Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear. I think it's essential reading for anyone involved in an artistic, creative endeavour. I think it uncovers these dark facets of self-doubt around the creative process and tilts you toward the light in a beautiful gentle way. It's full of wisdom and insight."

Kerri Sakamoto's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

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