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Book Club March

Our March 18 book is The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China, in which author Huan Hsu becomes a detective in a real-life mystery story. In 1938, as the Japanese army approached Xingang, in northern China, Huan Hsu’s great-great-grandfather, Liu Fengshu (pictured), prepared to flee the city with his family. First, however, he dug a deep hole in the garden and buried his most prized possessions, including a vast collection of porcelain. Almost 80 years later, Huan Hsu, an American-born journalist who doesn’t speak Chinese, travels to China to search for this treasure trove. On his idiosyncratic journey, he learns not just the language but a great deal about the history of his family—and of China, too. Read a review here.

The White Rabbit Book Club meets in the Library on the third floor of the Gallery on the second Sunday of each month. Under the broad headings of China and art, we discuss novels, memoirs, history books, current affairs and even cookery. Whether or not you’ve read the nominated book, you are welcome to join us.

When: Second Sunday of every month, 2 p.m. (March is an exception.)

Where: Library, 3rd floor

How much: FREE

Contact: Phyllis Rowlinson: prowlinson[at]whiterabbitcollection.org, tel. (02) 8399 2867


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