Friday, April 23, 2010

Details for the Rick Riordan Event!

Little Shop of Stories and the Michael C. Carlos Museum are thrilled to be hosting the return of Rick Riordan on Friday, May 7th, 2010.

Rick Riordan, the author of the incredible Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, has just finished writing The Red Pyramid, the first book in the Kane Chronicles series.  Siblings Carter and Sadie Kane must cross the globe in a battle against the ancient gods of Egypt.

Rick will be speaking at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University Campus at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m.; first come, first seated.  There is no charge to attend the event.

Glenn Memorial Auditorium is located at 1615 North Decatur Road (near the corner of Dowman Drive), Atlanta, Georgia 30307.  Parking is available in the Fishburne Deck, and alternative parking is available in the Peavine Lot.  Here's a link to a map of the Emory Campus.

Rick will sign books following his presentation.  To be in the signing line you MUST purchase a copy of The Red Pyramid from either Little Shop of Stories or the bookstore at the Carlos Museum.  Books go on sale May 4th, but you can pre-purchase your book in person or over the phone from Little Shop of Stories (404-373-6300) or the Carlos Museum and pick up your book at the store or at the will-call table at the event.  Books will also be available for purchase at the event.  Rick will personalize one book.  He will also sign copies of his other books (limit: 5).

Win A Special Tour with Rick Riordan
Visit the Carlos Museum Bookshop or the Little Shop of Stories before the close of business on May 4th to enter a raffle for a tour of the Carlos Museum galleries with Rick Riordan.  Ten winners will be selected, and each may be accompanied by one adult.  Winners will also receive special reserved seating for their families at the talk.  Names will be drawn on Wednesday, May 5th and winners will be notified by phone and/or email. The tour will take place on Friday, May 7th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No purchase is necessary to enter.

About the Michael C. Carlos Museum
Truly one of Atlanta's hidden gems, the Carlos Museum has a phenominal collection of both ancient Greek and Egyptian artifacts. Here is some information from the museum's web site:

The collections of Greek and Roman Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum span over four millennia. The earliest, Neolithic pieces are approximately 4000 BC; the latest, Roman, fourth-fifth centuries AD. Works in many media are represented, including gold, silver, electrum, bronze, lead, ivory and bone, marbles of many kinds including colored ones, semi-precious stones (carnelian, rock-crystal, garnet), glass, and clay. Since 1983, the generosity of Michael C. and Thalia Carlos has enabled the collection to grow astonishingly, both in extent and quality, and has attracted widespread support and acclaim.

The objects featured here are only a selection. One of the earliest bathtubs in the world, the Minoan larnax offers fresh, direct contact with Bronze Age Greece. The architectural pithos would have stored water for a family in seventh century BC; it is from a vessel of this shape, not a box, that Pandora removed the lid. The fifth century marble grave relief of an athlete and the Roman sarcophagus exemplify monuments to the deceased, while the symposion cup, made in Athens around 480 BC depicts a lively drinking party. The splendid depiction of the death of Aktaion on a vessel made to mix wine with water shortly after the Parthenon was completed, opens the rich world of Greek mythology. The bronze hydria may have been made as a bride's dowry. Portraiture, one of the greatest achievements of the classical world, is represented by the exquisite garnet head of Berenike II and the over life-size portrait of Tiberius. Idealizing beauty, another element of classical art at its best, is sensitively captured in the statue of the muse of dance, Terpsichore.

The collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities at the Michael C. Carlos Museum covers the full spectrum of Nile Valley civilization, from the earliest Prehistoric times, to the period of Roman domination. At the core of the collection are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton, who traveled to Egypt in 1920, including the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas. The collection experienced tremendous growth, beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Egyptian antiquities from a small, private museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. The objects from the Niagara Falls Museum had been purchased in Egypt during the early 1860s, and include ten mummies, nine coffins, and a variety of other artifacts. The Niagara collection consists primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC–395 AD), a time of great achievement in the funerary arts.

Included in the 1999 purchase was a previously unidentified male mummy. Through research and collaboration with Emory University medical experts, Carlos Museum scholars determined it to be most probably that of the lost pharaoh, Ramesses I. The museum returned the mummy to Egypt in 2003 as a gift of goodwill and international cultural cooperation.

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