Katie Yamasaki at BPL

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Live at The Brooklyn Public Library 
Saturday, October 1, 1:00PM ET
Katie Yamasaki presents
Shapes, Lines, and Light

Katie Yamasaki’s newest picture book celebrates the life of her grandfather, the acclaimed Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki. Minoru Yamasaki described the feeling he sought to create in his buildings as “serenity, surprise, and delight.” Here, Katie Yamasaki charts his life and work: his childhood in Seattle’s Japanese immigrant community, paying his way through college working in Alaska’s notorious salmon canneries, his success in architectural school, and the transformative structures he imagined and built. A Japanese American man who faced brutal anti-Asian racism in post–World War II America and an outsider to the architectural establishment, he nonetheless left his mark on the world, from the American Midwest to New York City, Asia, and the Middle East. This striking picture book renders one artist’s work through the eyes of another, and tells a story of a man whose vision, hard work, and humanity led him to the pinnacle of his field. Join us for a reading, signing, and activity at Brooklyn Public Library!

Event location: Youth Wing, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 1:00pm

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10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather's American Journey By Katie Yamasaki Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324017011
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Norton Young Readers - October 18th, 2022

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