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Important Announcement / 重要通知

It is with heavy hearts that we are forced to announce the impending closure of The Bookworm Beijing after 14 wonderful years in Courtyard No. 4 off SouthSanlitun Road. Despite our best efforts, we appear to have fallen prey to the ongoing cleanup of “illegal structures”, and we have not been able to secure an […]

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The Bookworm wins That’s Beijing 2019 Lifestyle Award “Cultural Center of the Year”

The fifth annual That’s Beijing Lifestyle Awards took place on Wednesday, July 17 at the ultra-modern Unico gastrolounge in Sanlitun. That’s Beijing editors handed out over 30 awards in categories ranging from health to nightlife to style. It was an unforgettable evening filled with good food, free-flow drinks and great company. Cultural Center of the Year: The Bookworm (Readers’ Choice)  Thank you for all of  your […]

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Neocha: Finding Room for Debate

From Neocha Not just a bookstore, not quite a library, more than a restaurant or bar: what exactly is the Beijing Bookworm? Its motto, “Eat, Drink, Read,” offers a straightforward set of principles, but even a quick stop by this legendary institution makes clear that it’s more than just a place to — in either sense — get lit. The […]

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Podcast: Women and Chinese Sci-Fi: NüVoices Live at the Bookworm

By NüVoices Recorded live at the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival, this week’s episode of the NüVoices podcast features a discussion with two prominent science fiction authors, Tang Fei and Ji Shaoting. The episode was recorded as part of a series of five live SupChina events at this year’s festival. Tang Fei and Ji Shaoting are both titans in […]

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Bookworm Festival Pulse: Ginkgo – The Tree That Time Forgot

Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane has explored the history of the ginkgo from its origin, proliferation and spread across the planet, to its decline, near extinction and ultimate resurgence Crane notes, in a presentation of his latest book Ginkgo, at this […]

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Bookworm Festival Pulse: ‘Inspector Chen’

‘Inspector Chen’ novelist says Chinese society crumbling under materialism A repost from the news agency efe-epa Chinese crime novelist Qiu Xiaolong at BLF session: “Becoming Inspector Chen”.  Novelist Qiu Xiaolong, best known for famous crime fiction series of “Inspector Chen”, says the Chinese society, including himself, has lost all its ideals and is morally collapsing under the weight of […]

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Bookworm Festival Pulse : A Fitting Close to an Inspirational Festival

A Fitting Close to an Inspirational Festival It’s eight o’clock at night, and The Bookworm is teeming with excitement. This is the last night of the Beijing Literary Festival, and what better way to cap off two and a half weeks of creative energy and intense conversation than this: A Pub Quiz!! People mill about […]

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Bookworm Festival Pulse : Jade Life: In Conversation with Andrew Shaw

“I arrived with my suitcase in one hand and my ignorance in the other” – this is how English-born Andrew Shaw describes his first arrival in China. From this humorous beginning, he has since gone on to become China’s only foreign master carver of jade. Over the course of an hour, he discusses his personal […]

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Bookworm Festival Pulse : Addressing Sexism in Fantasy, with Samantha Shannon

Why is so hard for us to imagine, even within the blurred boundaries of fantasy, a world that is equal? This is a question Samantha Shannon, one of the youngest fantasy writers of our time, poses to her audience at the Bookworm. Why do we keep recreating the same mistakes of the real world, even […]

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Bookworm Festival Pulse : The Art of Creating a Collective

It’s 6pm at the Bookworm, and on stage before a packed audience is a collection of spirited expats who, if you are into art and have lived in Beijing for more than a few weeks, you have almost certainly rubbed shoulders with. Each of them has the artful glow of people whose days are breathed […]

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