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Books on Tap

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

2024-05-15 19:30:00 2024-05-15 20:30:00 America/New_York Books on Tap Talk books, socialize, and relax with a cold one at Patron Saints Brewery, located at 4730 W Bancroft St #8, Toledo, OH 43615. 21 and over only. Library in the Community - Patron Saints Brewery

Wednesday, May 15
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-15 19:30:00 2024-05-15 20:30:00 America/New_York Books on Tap Talk books, socialize, and relax with a cold one at Patron Saints Brewery, located at 4730 W Bancroft St #8, Toledo, OH 43615. 21 and over only. Library in the Community - Patron Saints Brewery

Library in the Community

Patron Saints Brewery

Talk books, socialize, and relax with a cold one at Patron Saints Brewery, located at 4730 W Bancroft St #8, Toledo, OH 43615. 21 and over only.

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

eBook | eAudiobook

History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now. Will Chen plans to steal them back.

A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son who has always been his parents' American Dream. But when a mysterious Chinese benefactor reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago. 

His crew is every heist archetype one can imag­ine—or at least, the closest he can get. A con artist: Irene Chen, a public policy major at Duke who can talk her way out of anything. A thief: Daniel Liang, a premed student with steady hands just as capable of lockpicking as suturing. A getaway driver: Lily Wu, an engineering major who races cars in her free time. A hacker: Alex Huang, an MIT dropout turned Silicon Valley software engineer. Each member of his crew has their own complicated relationship with China and the identity they've cultivated as Chinese Americans, but when Will asks, none of them can turn him down. 
Because if they succeed? They earn fifty million dollars—and a chance to make history. But if they fail, it will mean not just the loss of everything they've dreamed for themselves but yet another thwarted at­tempt to take back what colonialism has stolen.

Equal parts beautiful, thoughtful, and thrilling, Portrait of a Thief is a cultural heist and an examination of Chinese American identity, as well as a necessary cri­tique of the lingering effects of colonialism.

Patron Saints Brewery is a West Toledo nano-brewery crafting a wide variety of beer styles. The brewery is a small, 2 man operation founded after countless late nights home brewing in the driveway.

Books on Tap is presented in partnership by Toledo Lucas County Public LibraryDestination Toledo419 Ale Trail, and host breweries.

AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Groups |

TAGS: | booksontap |

Library in the Community

Phone: 4192595200
Branch manager
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Hours
Mon, Jul 15 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Tue, Jul 16 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Wed, Jul 17 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Thu, Jul 18 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Fri, Jul 19 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jul 20 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jul 21 Closed

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