Books at Bowers: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

For Bowers Members Only: A Book Club Experience

"Books at Bowers: Touring Through the Pages" is a Bowers Docent Guild-sponsored book club that pairs a topical book with the museum’s newest exhibitions. An optional docent-led tour will follow the book discussion. All book selections are available for purchase in the museum store.

The next book selection is Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, which will be read in conjunction with the new featured exhibit, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.

Thursday, April 18: 1 - 2 PM
Saturday, April 20: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
*Please note that both sessions will review the same content.

Ticketed Event: Free with RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Space is limited to 25 Bowers Museum members. A confirmation email will be sent to participants. Please check in at the Visitor Services desk upon arrival to receive your free general admission sticker. 

Guo Pei has said that most things she learned came from books and they played a vital role in shaping her career as a fashion designer. Written by Dai Sijie who was himself “re-educated” during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, award-winning Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress has now been published in 19 countries. This novel tells the story of two young men who weather years of banishment by reading, emphasizing the power of literature to free the mind. According to a reviewer for the The Guardian, this 184-page book is ‘infused with the magic and spark of myth and fable” as “Sijie reminds us how precious intellectual liberty is.”

Event details

April 20, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am