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 (become a member!) 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.
The Bookworm's food menu is getting a serious upgrade thanks to chef Ivan Arroyo from Mexico, and we hope you'll swing by to check it out. How's this for a little incentive? On Wednesday, May 4 from 5:00pm to 10 pm, all dishes come with a free glass of wine. Try new dishes such as The Bookworm's Poutine and Sautéed Garlic Shrimps, and a variety of food boards featuring salmon, camembert cheese, bruschetta, and more. There'll be old favorites too! Come find something you like.
Join The Bookworm's weekly SciFi Book Club to talk about your favorite science fiction short stories! Each meeting we choose a short story to read and discuss. Authors we've talked about so far include Greg Egan, Iain M. Banks, Cory Doctorow, Andy Weir, Liu Cixin, Peter Watts, Neal Stephenson, Ted Chiang, and many others. The club meets every Thursday at 8pm. Add Olga on WeChat @Merukaba for more information.
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)
Order your tickets at: email@example.com
This month we are thrilled to welcome The New Waves Trio, featuring award-winning musicians Chih-Huan Wu (Saxophone), Jeanne Yi-Chuan Lin (Flute) and Michelle Yip (Piano) playing a pan-Asian programme of contemporary music from Korea, Hong Kong and China. Between them, these celebrated musicians hold faculty positions in Taiwan and China, have won national competitions and international scholarships, co-founded contemporary ensembles , premiered new music and played in a myriad of national orchestras. Don’t miss this very special Sunday Salon.
50RMB, 40RMB for The Bookworm members or with the April issue of Time Out Beijing.
BJ Green Drinks is a casual networking event that draws a steady crowd, which includes green-collar professionals, government, academia, media, and NGOs. BJ Green Drinks aims to provide a fun and casual atmosphere for people to learn more about China's sustainable development. This event takes place every 2nd Tuesday of each month and everyone is welcome to attend.
The WOW Collective is a writing group that seeks to help its participants hone their skills and receive critical feedback on their work. For more information, please see this blog post.
The Bookworm rooftop turns into a treasure trove once again with more than 30 independent labels, handmade goods, vintage, craft foods and drink specials. Come and post a photo on WeChat of your favorite vendor in the first hour of the event and get a free drink courtesy of The Bookworm.
“The Tiny Little Box” documents 4 people’s experiences with depression. They shared their stories on the onset of depression, recalled their emotional state, their situation in life, and their recovery; It also interviewed 2 mindfulness practioners to explore their experiences with mindfulness practice, which has been announced as an effective way to cope with and contribute to the recovery of depression. You’ll hear extraordinary story of the Direct from a mindfulness center on how mindfulness practice changed his life;
This documentary was screened in Thailand, and Beijing. Now, we’d like to invite more people to join our conversation on a topic that needs more attention, and more understanding from general public.
“Only through talking about it, can we take the first step towards healing”, CandleX
The movie is directed by Xiaojie Qin is the Founder and Executive Director of CandleX, which was founded in April 2015 with a goal to raise awareness on depression and bi-polar disorder, and provide social support for people experiencing depression, mania and/or severe anxiety and stress.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
With the proceeds going to CandleX
The Bookworm Book Club invites you to join the discussion about Ofir Touché Gafla’s debut novel, first published in Hebrew in 2004, where it won the 2005 Geffen Award for best fantasy/science fiction novel of the year and the 2006 Kugel Award for Hebrew literature. An epilogist finds his wife dead in a bizarre accident, and fifteen months later shoots himself in the head in order to begin his new life in the Other World to seek his beloved. What happens next, he never would have guessed.
Those who buy The World of The End from The Bookworm can get a free drink during the Book Club meeting on May 18th, 7:30 pm
Scottish musician Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audience worldwide with his exquisite performances and effortless presentation for over a decade.
“The sweetness of McAllister’s elegant tone and fluent phrasing soothed the audience”──Classical Guitar Magazine
“the superb musicianship of McAllister brought the very best from his instrument in this intimate setting, a fascinating and thoroughly entrancing programme”－The Scotsman
“Captivating and beautiful”－Paris Guitar Foundation
85RMB in advance, 100RMB (at the door)
Don’t miss the smart and witty Quinn Dahle on May 22nd! With appearances on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, Lopez Tonight and Carson Daly, Quinn tours from coast to coast and has entertained crowds as far away as Japan. Quinn’s comedy appeals to all age groups and ethnicities and he loves to talk about them all. Being married to a Mexican-American girl from east L.A., he is never short of material. Reserve a ticket now for a comedian who has worked with such names as Dane Cook, Drew Carey, and Robin Williams.
buy your tickets here: https://yoopay.cn/event/44405616
150RMB presale, 180RMB at the door, 100RMB students
Word of Mouth is a monthly 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 All spectators welcome!
Scan this QR code to enter the Word of Mouth WeChat group:
When Paul French opened an unlabeled bookcase at the archives in England he had no idea of what he would find. The documents he discovered would later become the background of his bestselling historical murder novel “Midnight in Peking”.
The novel sheds light on parts of 1930s Beijing history that had not before received much attention. Places like the Badlands, the French ice-skating ring, the fox tower and of course the murder victim, Pamela Werner, herself - all became household names to a broader international audience.
During the last half year Beijing Postcards has taken a fresh look on the murder case. We managed to find new sources and perspectives to add to the narrative. In this process we have uncovered a lot of documents not used in the book. Among them a hitherto unpublished 150 pages long Chinese police report. We call our project - Beyond the Badlands.
Join us on May 25 when we will present our findings and try to answer the question: Who killed Pamela?
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)