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‘Sense of an Ending’ wins Man Booker 2011 Prize

On Tuesday, Julian’s Barnes’ Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape) was awarded the 2011 Man Booker Prize. This year saw many debut novelist make it on to the prestigious Man Booker Shortlist but Barnes, a literary vetren and heavy-weight as long been the favorite. London-based Barnes has been the bookies’ favourite to win since the shortlist announcement […]

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The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2012 Design Competition

Call for designers, artists, drawers, doodlers! Each year we work with local designers and illustrators to create the image of the festival, which will be used as part of our print program, tickets, posters and more. Your design will be seen all over Beijing, Suzhou, Chengdu and at our partner festivals around the world! If […]

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Han Han’s 文化大国

A big thanks to James Brodie, Xioaying Wang, Danni Zheng and English Trackers for making last night’s Translation Slam a success. If you missed the event – or would like to delve more deeply into the translations – English Trackers has all three versions of Han Han’s文化大国 on their blog.

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Between the Stacks: Sinologist & linguist Edward McDonald

This Thursday, October 20, Sinologist and linguist Edward McDonald will be at The Bookworm to give a talk about his latest book Learning Chinese, Turning Chinese: Challenges to Becoming Sinophone in a Globalised World. McDonald, a Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Auckland, explores links between language and culture, from the classroom to real-life […]

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The Ultimate X-Man: The Beijinger, CityWeekend on Douglas Coupland

In preparation for Canadian artists and writer Douglas Coupland’s event here at The Bookworm Tuesday, October 18th 7:30pm, check out a great interview with Coupland on The Beijinger and CityWeekend.

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Amped: Blackwater

Beijing-based Blackwater joined us on Saturday for a rousing gig with gigs, reels and more. With Desmond McGarry (vocals), Daniel Brustman (guitar), Zoe Wang (accordion) and Nico Torrese (tenor banjo and mandolin). Before the event, guitarist Daniel Brustman spoke with us about Who is Blackwater? Can you tell us more about the members of the […]

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The Art of Translation

With Google translate easily at everyone’s fingertips, is the art and trade of translation on it’s way out? David Bellos’ new book, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? takes the debate of robot v human translation head on – and comes out firmly on team human. Will automation completely replace human translation? Are we […]

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2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The 2011 National Book Award Finalists were announced this week. Each of the four categories – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young adult – long lists five books. Winner to be announced November 16th. We’ll thrilled that a lot of our favorite reads, including The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, made it on the list this […]

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Between the Stacks: Li’Er

Renown Chinese writer Li’Er recently joined us at The Bookworm for the launch of the English translation of his work The Magician of 1919. He talked about his unique approach to history in his writing and the symbolism of a magician. When asked why he chose to write about a magician in 1919, in the dawn of the […]

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Between the Stacks: Yoram Bauman, stand-up economist

Economics may be the dismal science, but economist/comedian Yoram Bauman is anything but. On October 27, Bauman, an environmental economist at the University of Washington and the co-author of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume 1: Microeconomics, will bring his new show “Return to the Gold Standard” to The Bookworm. Here Bauman explains how he […]

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