5 days to launch. 9 days to party!
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Leo van Gestel

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 Shanghai Lady

This lovely lady was painted in 1912 by the Dutch modernist Leo van Gestel. I saw her at the Singer Laren Museum last week. Don't you like the blue tones and the steely gaze? That's the kind of concentration I'll need as the days count down to my book launch.

I've made a slideshow of about 90 photos of Old Shanghai and related topics. That collection includes some family portraits you haven't yet seen plus all the other forms of visual inspiration I keep on my mood board these days. This collection of eye candy will run as a photo loop throughout the book launch.

There will be music, too! I've put together a playlist of 90+ jazz tunes from the 1930's. This was the kind of music Song Anyi would have danced to while she worked at the Metropole Gardens. There'e enough music on my playlist to run for 5 hours. Get out your dancing shoes!

Not coming to the launch? Boo hoo hoo. Here's something to amuse you. My review of Flesh and Wires, a novel of dystopian science fiction written by my friend Jackie Hatton. Or, if you prefer, some highly speculative observations about the borders among Korea, Japan and China in my blog post for this week: Korea.

And in case that's not enough, here are some more:

Politically Correct
Shame Is a Useless Emotion
Old House
The Sense of an Ending

P.s. Did you know you can order my book from any independent bookseller in the US? And elsewhere too!
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