Literary Gallery: Author Min Jin Lee's Book + Art Pairings April 15 2017



Our full-fledged book lovefest in honor of National Library Week wouldn't be complete without the second installment of our Literary Gallery series.

Today we pass the pencil to bestselling novelist Min Jin Lee, who's masterfully matched ten of her favorite tomes with ten 20x200 editions. Presented without comment, the invisible connections between each paired text + print speak for themselves. See below to peruse all of Lee's insightful pairings. 

In the summer before college, I worked in the bookshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When I wasn't standing behind my register, I spent every moment I could walking through the vast halls of the grand museum. It was a quiet and joyous time—a wondrous moment between adolescence and young adulthood. I have spent most of my life devoted to books and visual art, and I cannot imagine a world without either. – Min Jin Lee


Farewell to Manzanar & I Am an American, Oakland, CA, March 1942


Torus Interior AC75-2621 5718 & Gravity


Bread Givers & Court of First Model Tenement House in New York, 1936


Blossom Restaurant, The Bowery & Call It Sleep


Evening & Summer in Maine


Ideal Bookshelf 506: Cooking & Consider the Oyster


The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen & Victorian Interior II


Columbus Circle, Manhattan, 1938 & U.S.A.


Crowds and Power & Bonfire


Signs in the windows of a Marcus Garvey club in the Harlem area & Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee (A Reader's Companion)


The 411 on Min Jin Lee
Min Jin Lee is the author of national bestselling novels Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires. Her short fiction has appeared on NPR's Selected Shorts and her writings have been published in The New York Times, The Times (London), Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Traveler.