Kate T. Williamson

Img: Kate T. WilliamsonAbout the Author

Kate T. Williamson grew up in Berks County and attended Wyomissing Area High School. She graduated from Harvard University, where she studied filmmaking, and then received a post-graduate fellowship to study art in Japan, where she lived for a year.

Williamson is the author and illustrator of A Year in Japan, a book highlighting aspects of Japan that she found beautiful, surprising, and inspiring. She also wrote and illustrated At a Crossroads: Between a Rock and My Parents’ Place, a graphic memoir of a 23-month extended stay at her parents’ house here in Pennsylvania. (This book features the Pagoda as well as some other local venues, such as Fantasy Skating and Goodnites Lounge.)

She also wrote Hello Kitty–themed haiku for Hello Kitty Everywhere! and Hello Kitty Through the Seasons! and wrote haiku in the voice of Domo (another Japanese character) for Domo in the World, published this fall.

Williamson works as a freelance writer, illustrator, and editor in New York City and is currently working on a children’s book. You can see her illustrations on her website.

This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

Start Date: 10/24/2011 12:30 pm
End Date: 10/24/2011 2:00 pm
Location: Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall
Price: Free
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