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 email@example.com. Advance tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the start of the event. All seating is first-come, first-served.
Summer in Beijing means traveling for some, and spare time for reading for others! The Beijing Bookworm Book Club invites you to partake in an intimate discussion on July 10 as we examine Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, by Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam -- a riveting, eye-opening account of what it means to be a doctor. Deftly navigating his way through 12 interwoven short stories, the author explores the characters' relationships with each other, their patients, and their careers.
The book -- available at The Bookworm -- was turned into an HBO miniseries by the same name.
Continuing this month's animation theme this week is the French oddball comedy The Triplets of Belleville. The film follows the mostly-mute adventures of Madame Souza as she races to rescue her Tour de France cyclist grandson from the French Mafia, accompanied by aging music hall singing triplets and her grandson's loyal but obese dog Bruno. Academy award nominated and a hit at Cannes on its release in 2003, the film is a low dialogue masterpiece of weird but universal humor, and a showcase for France's unique animation culture.
Lulu Galore is making her long-awaited return to the Beijing musical scene! 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!
Get ready for the dark and unpredictable humor of Matt Davis, coming to the Bookworm on July 11th! Matt’s “dirty but smart” sense of humor has earned him an Editor’s Choice on Sony’s Cracle.com, and has had him featured in a top ten list on Cracked Magazine’s Cracked.com. Already a veteran touring performer, he also recently headlined the 12-show “Operation Laughter” tour for U.S. troops in the Middle East and Africa (presented by Armed Forces Entertainment) that covered nine bases in five countries. Make sure you don’t miss a comedian described as “cool as the other side of the pillow, or as harsh as unfiltered cigarettes” by Creative Loafing Atlanta. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
150RMB (advance), 180RMB (at the door)
Richard Bernstein -- who studied Chinese history with the legendary John K. Fairbank at Harvard University before becoming one of the first American journalists to be stationed in the People's Republic of China, opening the Time bureau in Beijing in 1980 -- tells the story of the United States, China, Japan and the USSR during the final year of World War II in Asia. The central question he explores is this: In the late 1940s, could the United States and China have avoided four decades of antagonism, thereby allowing America to dodge the depredations of the Korean War, a defeat in Vietnam and its current tensions with Beijing?
Bernstein spent 25 years as a correspondent for the New York Times, for which he has reported from more than two dozen countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. His full-length postings have included the United Nations, Paris and Berlin. In between, he was the Times’ National Cultural Correspondent and a book critic.
50RMB, 40RMB (members)