Oct

01

Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather's American Journey

Date

Sat

,

Oct 1

Time

1:00 pm

-

2:00 pm

How

In-Person

Type

Family

Location

BPL Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Partner(s)

Brooklyn Public Library

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.

Shapes, Lines and Light: My Grandfather's American Journey will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Greenlight Bookstore.

Date

Sat

,

Oct 1

Time

1:00 pm

-

2:00 pm

How

In-Person

Type

Family

Location

BPL Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Partner(s)

Brooklyn Public Library

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