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.
Kids’ storytelling and craft is back with our new series ‘Stories from around the World’. Each week we will explore a different country and its most famous stories. We will be starting off with two famous Chinese myths: Change’ Flying to the Moon and The Cowherd and the Weaver Maid. Chinese mythology often tell us about the founding of Chinese culture and history, so come and listen to these beautiful tales with Karin Markowski our storyteller, and learn about China. Afterwards we will get into the spirit of Chinese New Year and make Chinese lanterns.
To book or for more details email: email@example.com
40RMB per child
In Cooperation with the Foreign Correspondents Club of China
China's "most famous foreigner," the Canadian Mark Rowswell aka Dashan, has been working as a comedian and media personality in China for nearly three decades. He shot to fame for his mastery of "xiangsheng" - a comedic form of traditional Chinese dialogue and went on to become a popular fixture on Chinese television, hosting cultural, diplomatic and commercial programmes and live events. He has appeared four times at the Spring Festival Gala - the only non-Chinese performer to do so.
Dashan is seen as a cultural ambassador between China and the West. He was dubbed "a foreigner but not an outsider" by the People's Daily. In 2012, the Canadian Prime Minister appointed him "Goodwill Ambassador to China."
Recently, Dashan has returned to his roots in a series of live shows combining traditional Chinese comedy with Western stand-up - a format relatively new to China but growing in popularity. "Dashan Live" will be featured at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April - the only non-English performance listed. On the eve of his departure, Dashan will talk to the FCCC about his life as a household name, his work to bring stand-up to China and his plans to take Chinese language comedy to mainstream international festivals.
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.
If you've got a 3-18 month old, bring them to the bookworm every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am, to take your little one on a fun safari as he/she learns songs and rhymes from around the world, that you can also practice at home.
Please note: if the AQI is above 200 - the session will be cancelled.
60RMB per child
Yvo&Chrissy - Film Screening with the director of the Pink Space Sexuality Research Center He XiaoPei
The film is about journeys of searching for identity, humanity, happiness through giving up wealth, property, stability or given gender. The film is featuring two young people from England. Their life stories seek to inspire those who are considered as mainstream to rethink about money, family, stability, gender and sex and how these link to well-being.
He Xiaopei is executive director of the Pink Space Sexuality Research Center in Beijing, an NGO she co-founded in 2007 that provides a platform for minority groups, especially women and children, to tell their stories. Prior to that, He gave up her job in the State Council to enter a master’s program in the UK on gender and development studies. She is a rights advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, those from the LGBT community, and the disabled. She’s also the director of several short films that shed light on these issues.
The screening will be followed by Q-and-A with He XiaoPei
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
Book a seat at: https://yoopay.cn/event/76167170
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.
PRESALE: 75RMB (65 RMB for members)
AT THE DOOR: 85RMB
Book a seat at: https://yoopay.cn/event/16047483
For thousands of years, Chinese astronomers have watched the sky, day and night, seeking “symbols from above, which show good or bad fortune” as the Yi Jing or “Book of Changes” put it. They carefully logged observations of comets for 22 centuries, including Halley’s Comet which returns every 76 years. Yet they never used their vast collection of data points to deduce mathematical theories about the movement of planets and comets as European observers such as Galileo, Kepler or Newton did. But China’s been catching up; Beijing’s space program put a human into orbit in less than four decades, and plans to do the same soon on the moon. China’s Five-Year Plan calls for accelerated efforts to explore planets, asteroids and the sun. This 52-minute documentary explores the Chinese history of the “Science of Heaven”, establishing links to Beijing’s most recent explorations in astronomy and astrophysics. The filmmakers visited remote Chinese observatories, witnessed the final construction phase of the world’s largest radio telescope in Guizhou – and hopes to tag along with China’s Lunar Program.
WHAT: "The Science of Heaven”, a documentary film screening plus QA
WHEN: April 6, Thursday, from 7:30-9:30 PM
WHERE: The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: 6586 9507 MAP [link http://beijingbookworm.com/contact-us/]
HOW MUCH: RASBJ/Bookworm members RMB65, non-members RMB75
MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
This documentary was originally conceived by Richard de Grijs of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, and Ziping Zhang of the Beijing Planetarium. They commissioned René Seegers as director/producer and secured funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The documentary is targeted at a general audience. De Grijs and Seegers will answer questions from the audience after the screening.
75RMB, 65RMB (Bookworm/FCCC Members)
Book a seat at: https://yoopay.cn/event/02648504
东区德（台湾） headliner领衔主演 他是台湾脱口秀第一天团「站立帮」成员，七年脱口秀演出经历，演出场次超过三百场，曾受邀至上海、北京、香港、菲律宾等地演出，下一站将前往英国爱丁堡演出。除了脱口秀演员的身份，东区德也是舞台剧演员、广告明星、饶舌歌手、活动主持、企业讲师以及台湾收视率第一综艺节目「猪哥会社」编剧。东区德会告诉你台湾不只是有小清新，也有重口味。他既讲性也讲人性，当他吐槽着好莱坞，唱起自己改编的幽默歌曲，你便走进了一个台湾青年的异想世界，开始了解台湾年轻人生活的琐事、苦恼和幸福。
Since coming to China from the US in 2005, Dr. Mark Levine has taught lectured, sung and traveled in 26 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. As a sociologist, teacher, songwriter, singer and author of Stories from My Chinese Journey, he has been an invited speaker at 30 Chinese universities, written more than 70 American country/folk style songs with lyrics about his observations and experiences in China.
His musical performances have ranged from NCPA to the Shanghai EXPO to a 900-year old theater in Fenghuang, Hunan to the three-armies military base to nearly two dozen weddings and several shows with audiences of 40-50,000. His life and work in China has been reported on in China Daily, Global Times, Renmin Ribao, International Talent Magazine, The Beijinger, Beijing Radio, CRI and dozens of other newspapers, magazines, websites and radio stations. He has also been the subject of more than a dozen video documentaries.
Since 2013 his guitar has been joined with the er-hu playing of Hubei-born Fu Han in the cross-cultural musical duo known as In Side Out.
As a result of his life as a cultural ambassador in China, Mark was awarded the 2011-2013 Great Wall Friendship Award, the 2014 National Friendship Award, the 2014 Favorite Foreign Teacher of Chinese College Students. In 2016 he was named an honorary citizen of the Huai’an, Jiangsu for his contributions in promoting the hometown of China’s first premier, Zhou Enlai. In the spring of 2016, because of his special contributions to China, Mark received his Chinese permanent residency.
In their April 8 presentation at The Bookworm they will tell and sing some of those stories that explain China through their eyes.
150RMB Presale, 180RMB At the door
Includes a free drink
Purchase your ticket at: https://yoopay.cn/event/55714373