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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'll be reading my book, Adventures of the Treasure Fleet, this weekend at the St. Louis Art Muesum.

Here are the details:
Your family is invited by the Emperor and Empress of the Forbidden City to a two-day festival being held at the St. Louis Art Museum celebrating the glory of the Ming dynasty. Each day will feature classical Chinese music and dance, artist demonstrations, storytellers, art projects, treats, and tours.

Please join us for a reading of The Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers the World, in Grigg Gallery on Saturday at 1:00 and on Sunday at 12:30.

Chinese history comes alive in this fascinating account of Ming-era discovery! Ann Martin Bowler, author and educator, joins us for a lively reading and signing of her children's book, The Adventures of the Treasure Fleet, which will be on sale in the Museum Shop.

The St. Louis Art Museum is hosting the landmark exhibition,Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty. The show is the first to showcase a full spectrum of extraordinary works made during the reign of an imperial house that ruled China from 1368 to 1644. A representative range of architectural fragments, archaeological materials, and decorative arts are featured in the exhibition, as well as paintings; ceramics; jade, gold and silver jewelry; metalwork; lacquerware; textiles; musical instruments; and woodblock printing. Many of the works have never been shown in the United States before.

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