Story Time: Katie Yamasaki

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Katie Yamasaki
Dad Bakes, Thursday, October 21 | virtual


Katie Yamasaki is a muralist and children’s book artist. She has traveled widely, painting over eighty murals with diverse communities around the world that explore local issues of social justice. Her children’s book work focuses on similar themes of social justice and stories from underrepresented communities. Most recently, Yamasaki co-authored Everything Naomi Loved with Ian Lendlers. It tells the story of Naomi, and how she faces the hard changes gentrification brings to her beloved community. Some of her other books, especially When the Cousins Came and Fish for Jimmy, recount personal family stories about the internment camps of WWII and growing up in a multiracial family. Dad Bakes, her newest book, tells the story of a father and daughter reconnecting after a separation caused by the father’s incarceration. Yamasaki earned her BA from Earlham College and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she served on the faculty for several years. She worked for fourteen years as a public school Spanish and art teacher in both the Detroit and NYC public schools. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.


We’re pleased to welcome author, artist, and muralist Katie Yamasaki back to the Boston Book Festival. This year, you can tune online in to watch a short Story Time with Katie about her new picture book Dad Bakes. Then head to Nubian Square in Roxbury, where you and your family can explore the neighborhood while discovering the story of Dad Bakes on our StoryWalk there, developed in partnership with the Boston Public Library! Sponsored by Simmons University.

Donations made during registration or during the session will go to support the Boston Book Festival's Shelf Help Partnership, providing brand-new books and an author/illustrator visit to Boston-area public schools. This year's recipient schools are Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown and Chelsea High School in Chelsea. Thank you for your support!

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