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Kerri Sakamoto was born in Toronto to a Japanese Canadian family. Her first novel, The Electrical Field, was a finalist for a slew of awards, including a Governor General’s Literary Award, and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. She has since published two additional novels: One Hundred Million Hearts and The Floating City, which won the Canada-Japan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards. In 2021, she received the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.


Interview with Kerri Sakamoto, 2020 Engel Findley Award winner

Award History

Jury Citation

“Kerri Sakamoto is a writer of many gifts. In each of the novelistic worlds that Sakamoto has created, she brings to bear both an elegant lyricism and an unwavering gaze. Her characters are compelling, often coming to hard self-insights to which readers will relate. These are meticulous excavations of the human heart and of dilemmas of personal history. We’re lucky to have this writer in Canada. Her prose contributes richly to our literary conversation.”

— 2020 WT Engel Findley Award Jury (Timothy Taylor, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Kathleen Winter)

Works recognized by WT

The Electrical Field

Floating City

One Hundred Million Hearts