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Literary Links: Cat Fights, Drag Queens and Gatsby

Tom Carter, author of Unsavory Elements, on cat fights over copycat books.

Alex Jung in the LA Times Review of Books on the confluence of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Virgina Woolf: “I have often thought that if I were ever a drag queen, and more specifically that if I were ever a drag queen who was a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I would play Virginia Woolf – or rather, Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf.”

A British illustrator and Hunter S. Thompson walk into the Kentucky Derby. What happens next?

So, what books might have set Jay Gatsby on a better path (or at least entertained him during the long lonely evenings)? Flavorwire picks a reading list for Gatz 2.0.

Why the “perpetual turmoil” of being an immigrant be good for your writing career.

Literary Links

Are these the best translated books of the year? No Chinese-language ones featured…but perhaps that will soon change? Who do you think should make the list?

Taiye Selasi, author of the excellent Ghana Must Go, shares her writing playlist.

Were loving this app concept from Literature Across Frontiers. Gimbal allows you to navigate a city via its fiction. What books would you include for the Beijing-version?

A great loss for the literary world. E.L. Konigsburg passed away this week. “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler” is one of our favorite books. Period. Who doesn’t want to spend the night in the Museum of Natural History?!


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EWWC goes to Siberia

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference is a unique series of events that will bring writers together around the world to create an historic picture of the role of literature today. The conversation begins at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where 50 world renowned writers will join members of the public every afternoon from 17-21 August 2012 to discuss the five topics that almost brought writers to blows during the infamous Writers’ Conference of 1962. The World Writers’ Conference will go on to visit 15 different cities – including Beijing for BLF 2013 – over the following 12 months giving writers in different countries the chance to add their voice to the growing debate about writing and its relationship to contemporary life. You can also continue the conversation online at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference website, which will feature live broadcasts of the events in Edinburgh and videos of the international events.

Another week, another continent visited by the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference. Following a packed 5 days in Toronto EWWC is now heading to Siberia at the Krasnoyarsk Book Fair.

Schedule of Events

Day 1: Thursday, November 1 –  Melvin Burgess will discuss with fellow author Andrei Astvatsaturov UK and Russian perspectives on the universal question ‘Should Literature be Political’?

Day 2: Friday, November 2 –   UK writer Tibor Fischer and the Russian author and critic Konstantin Milchin.explore ‘The Future of the Novel.’

Day 3: Saturday, November 3 – Theresa Breslin will bring the Scottish view to the question of ‘A National Literature?’ drawing comparison and contrast with a country the size of Russia, represented by Kirill Kobrin.

Browse full details here. A livestream will be embedded at  here. Join in the conversation!

BLF 2013: We’re hiring!

Interested in being a part of one of China’s premier cultural events? Join our team! We are hiring a few positions for BLF 2013.

Logistics Coordinator (part time)
Touring Program Coordinator (part time)
Junior Designer (project-based)

Email us to find out more about this positions.

BLF & JUE Showcase

BLF and JUE are teaming up for a very riotious and raucous night of spoken word, hip-hop, dance pop and live visual installations. Luka Lesson, Omar Musa and Bohdan Piasecki join forces with Beijing’s own cool kids, Residence A. Plus, Electric Shadows provide a visual installation evoking different poetic personalities. Join us for this genre defying night of the best of Beijing.

Saturday, October 20 9pm
2 Kolegas
Tickets: 100 rmb

This event is brought to you by BLF and JUE, and co-sponsored by The Beijinger and Electric Shadows.


The Poetry Project

The Bookworm’s Poetry Project is a celebration of the art of contemporary spoken word. From school workshops and an inter-school battle, to public performances at The Bookworm and genre-defying showcases at venues around Beijing, The Poetry Project is a two-week immersion into performance poetry for all ages.

The following events are at The Bookworm. Tickets are 50rmb.

Tuesday, October 23 8pm
Word Rain
Bodhan Piasecki

Bodhan Piasecki is a poet from Poland currently based in the UK. He has featured at some of the country’s most exciting spoken word nights and festivals and has completed several international poetry tours. Piasecki is Poland’s first Slam poet and launched the first Poetry Slams in the Cultural Palace in Warsaw. Piasecki writes and performs in English and Polish. Piasecki’s performances deliver a mix of languages, cultures, rhythms and mediums. Don’t miss his ‘multilingual circus show of poetry.”

Wednesday, October 24 8pm
Danger, Danger
Omar Musa

Malaysian-Australia rapper and poet Omar Musa is on a mission is to “introduce a new level of poetry to Australian hip- hop”. Musa has won numerous awards for poetry and music, including the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released a book of poetry and three hip-hop albums recorded in the USA and has toured throughout Asia, Europe and Australia, for writers festivals and hip-hop shows, including tour support for Gil Scott-Heron. Join us to as Musa delivers a trademark powerful performance, tackling social issues with depth, compassion, humor and swagger.


Friday, October 26 8pm
Amber Lights/ Please Resist Me
Luka Lesson

An Australian writer whose work blends hip-hop, poetry and music, Luka Lesson brings his dynamic and powerful spoken word performance to our stage. Blending roof-raising hip-hop bravado with social consciousness, Lesson creates an unforgettable experience for every audience. The winner of the 2011 Australian National Slam Championship, Lesson is the cofounder and co-director of The Centre for Poetics and Justice, an organization that uses poetry for community engagement and development. He has spent years conducting hip-hop or poetry workshops with Indigenous, Islander, African and other marginalized communities in Australia. Don’t miss this exciting performance of new poems from his latest work Amber Lights.

The Poetry Project is brought to in part by the Australian Embassy and the Polish Embassy.

New to Beijing? Check out Beijing Basics

Are you new to Beijing? Join YCIS at The Bookworm. on Monday, September 3 from 9:30am-11am for two informative presentations including ‘Cultural Adjustment for Kids’ and ‘Fun Activities for Parents and Children in Beijing’! This is a fantastic opportunity if you are new to Beijing to find out more about your new home!

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Art, Design and Culture: the History of Penguin by Design

The Bookworm is thrilled to be co-hosting two author talks with Penguin as part of a landmark travelling exhibition. First displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the history of paperback design is in Asia for the first time, visiting Beijing, Hangzhou, and Seoul, South Korea. Featuring hundreds of original and rare book jackets and artwork, the exhibition is a celebration of British history, design, literature, and culture. Author events, designer talks and children’s sessions will take place around the central exhibition at The Temple Hotel.

The Bookworm and Penguin will be hosting two booktalks together for this event

Sunday, September 2 2:30pm
Hanging Devils – He Jiahong in conversation
Legal expert and thriller writer He Jiahong talks about his writing, miscarriages of justice, and writing what you know at the official launch event for the English edition of his novel Hanging Devils.

Saturday, September 8 2:30pm
Northern Girls and China’s Migrant Workers – Sheng Keyi in conversation
Sheng Keyi talks ‘in conversation’ on her novel Northern Girls which looks at the lives of Chinese women who make their way from small rural villages to China’s ever-expanding metropolises to play their part in the country’s insatiable economic growth.

The exhibition and events will be held at the Gallery at The Temple Hotel
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