Katie Yamasaki at the AADL

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 6:00pm

Children's book author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki comes to AADL to discuss her newest book about the work of her grandfather, famed architect Minoru Yamasaki.

Literati will be present to sell books. A signing will follow.

About the book: 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.

Katie Yamasaki works primarily as a muralist and picture book creator. She has painted more than 80 murals round the world, and her most recent book is Dad Bakes. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughter.

Event address: 
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather's American Journey By Katie Yamasaki Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324017011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - October 18th, 2022