The Bookworm’s library provides the perfect setting for readings, talks, discussions and debates, book launches, performances, and music. Audiences are enlightened by well respected novelists, journalists and travel writers; enraptured by impromptu homespun musical soirees hatched round the piano; and transported to lands far away by lilting lines of poetry. Whether your penchant is for the hottest new Chinese writers, Asia’s most illustrious entrepreneurs, or the most risque documentaries, you’ll be able to indulge it at The Bookworm.
Tickets for all events are 40 RMB for members of The Bookworm and 50 RMB for non-members unless otherwise specified. Tickets go on sale at The Bookworm two weeks before an event. To make an advance booking, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the start of the event. All seating is first-come, first-served.
Ian Mote will share travel stories depicting his time in China. It is about the places he has been and the experiences he has had. For instance, he has been hosted in first-class establishments in Shanghai, been drunk with miners in Inner Mongolia, wandered out in the Gobi desert, and nearly been sick on the embalmed body of Chairman Mao. This book is about being a Western expat adjusting to life in Asia, first in Hong Kong and then in Shanghai. It is about negotiating with local people on whether prostitutes are required after dinner, singing Chinese songs in the middle of meetings, and finding the only quiet spot in the country when one billion people go on holiday in the same week.
Ian wishes to share travel and living stories from Hong Kong and every province in China, through the eyes of one fascinated, curious, worried, reckless, adventurous, queasy, stunned, and quite tired English expat.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
For the final film of our Animation month, we will be showing a film from one of Japan's modern masters of anime, the late Satoshi Kon. It tells the story of a documentary filmmaker investigating the life of an elderly actress in which reality and cinema become blurred. It is based on the life of Setsuko Hara and Hideko Takamine.
Beijing Improv is China’s oldest and largest Improvised Theater organization. Its members come from around the world and have been trained in the best improv schools from New York, Chicago, California, the UK, France, New Zealand and more. Script-less, long-form is a popular type of improv that uses audience suggestions to create an extended scene. Attendees never know what is in store but there is always the guarantee of a laugh and a good time. Don’t miss this hilarious event!
Beijing Improv is a non-profit organization, so they donate all of their proceeds to a local charity Hua Dan which benefits migrant workers and children through the performance arts.
Tickets: 75RMB (65 RMB for members)
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The ensemble has a really exciting program that includes music from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, and even music from Michael Jackson, Disney movies and the Beatles! The ensemble is well known for their entertaining and comical performances that include audience participation, games, and even a pink trumpet and a hose pipe tuba!
The Wisemann Brass Ensemble is a professional brass ensemble directed by tuba artist John Samuel Wood (UK) and is joined by Louisiana Philharmonic Principal Trumpet, Adrian Speyrer (USA) as well as former Principal Trombone of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Alejandro Espino (Spain).
100RMB (includes one free drink), 50RMB for Children under 12 years old
“The True Cost” is a 2015 documentary which explores the true cost of fashion on people and the planet. Filmed around the world, from fashion runaways to slums, this documentary by Andrew Morgan describes how the human and environmental cost of the clothes we wear has been increasing dramatically over the past decades, at the same time as their price has decreased. Big thanks to Green Initiative for helping in obtaining this documentary.
50RMB， 40RMB (members)
Lulu Galore is performing at The Bookworm on Thursday, August 6th. That means it's time to sit back and relax this Friday night and soak in her trademark breathtaking singing voice, which combines the best of the jazz era with her own sensuous twists. Miss Lulu Galore and her numerous collaborative projects promise to once again set the town on fire with sultry and swingin’ sounds, blended with engaging dance routines and all sorts of other surprises!
Westerners tend to divide the political world into "good" democracies and "bad" authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category. Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as "political meritocracy."The China Model seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this unique political system. How do the ideals of political meritocracy set the standard for evaluating political progress (and regress) in China? How can China avoid the disadvantages of political meritocracy? And how can political meritocracy best be combined with democracy? In this talk, Daniel Bellanswers these questions and more.
Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁) is Chair Professor of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and director of the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture. His books include Spirit of Cities, China’s New Confucianism, Beyond Liberal Democracy, and East Meets West (all Princeton University Press), and he is the editor of the Princeton-China Series. He writes frequently for leading media outlets in China and the West. He has taught at Tsinghua for eleven years, and this will be his fourth book talk at the Bookworm.
50RMB, 40RMB (members)
This month’s book club selection is the “multi-layered and masterful” (The Guardian) The Incarnations by Susan Barker. This tale of a Beijing taxi driver’s relationship with a persistent stalker over thousand years of China’s history is a must read work of Beijing fiction (The Independent proclaimed it China’s Midnight’s Children). Grab your copy and join us on August 19th at 7.30pm to enjoy a free drink and free-wheeling discussion.
Welcome to our regular event Word of Mouth at The Bookworm, Beijing'spremier poetry open mic night.Free verse, rhyming, spoken word: any subject, any theme, there are no limits! If you wish to perform, please sign up in advance by emailing Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org If you'd like to just watch, that's also okay -- spectating is encouraged