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.
On Friday, January 20th, come listen a presentation by South African writer Mandla Langa and enjoy some free South African Wine. Mandla Langa, who was the first South African writer to be awarded the Arts Council of Great Britain Bursary for creative writing, will give a presentation on his book The Texture of Shadows. The Texture of Shadows explores a world of hardened guerrilla fighters, corrupt police officers, ex-political prisoners and victims who have been abused by a system of bannings and beatings. But there are also cracks in this steel-edged world where hope, love and beauty can fill, and the reader becomes swept up in the story of Chaplain Nerissa Rodrigues and her fellow soldiers.
7:30pm - 8:00pm -Reception with South African Wine (Free) .
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Book Presentation by the author
8:30 - 9:00pm - Q-and-A with the audience
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.
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40RMB per child
James performed standup on JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND UP SHOW on Comedy Central, and on NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING where he was a Top 10 finalist. James has also performed to much acclaim over the years at the JUST FOR LAUGHS Festival in Montreal and many other top comedy festivals. He works as a voiceover artist on numerous animated shows including Disney’s FUTURE WORM and Nickelodeon’s PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET. He is also a beloved regular guest on the Earwolf podcast network, where his debut standup comedy album LOW HANGIN FRUIT was released in 2012.
150RMB (in advance), 180RMB (at the door), 100RMB (students)
Buy your tickets here:https://yoopay.cn/event/54289813
Join us at the Beijing Bookworm on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 for an evening of Spanish classics with cellist, Sergei Boadella, and pianist, Li Xiang. The duo have a combined experience spanning the globe, with decades of virtuosity. Now, they are both in Beijing and coming to the Bookworm to serenade and delight.
Sergi Boadella has for the past six years performed and taught extensively throughout China. He has taught master classes at the Conservatories of Beijing, Dalian, Shenyang, Harbin, and Shenzhen among others.
Li Xiang has been teaching ever since her graduation from the Central Conservatory of Music. Meanwhile, as a great chamber music player, Li is often active in music events of embassies and concert halls in Beijing by cooperated with a number of foreign and local musicians. Li Xiang was twice invited to participate in the Chamber Music Festival held by German DAAD scholarship Association's.
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
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. This week we will be telling two stories from Scandinavia: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Moomin and the Birthday Button. Both stories are classic Scandinavian children’s tales which are gentle, witty, and completely engrossing. Storytelling will be followed by a craft activity of making trolls from stones, Play-Doh and toilet rolls.
Price: 40RMB (includes a kid's hot chocolate)
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
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On Wednesday, February 8th. come listen to the poetry of Irish poet, writer, and stage director, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan. Listen to mesmerizing works such as And, The Gate Zapper is Mine! written in 2010 and Girl in a Blue Dress. As a writer and stage director for the Classik Attak Theatre Co for nearly 20 years, Ms. Kavanagh-Ronan has received awards for many of her productions, such as the musical Hoodwinked, and her adaptations of Beckett plays, Waiting for Godot, and Endgame. As a poet Kavanagh-Ronan has performed at O’Bheal as well as represented Avant Garde Theatre in Ireland throughout her career.
On Valentine’s Day week, we will celebrate love with two stories: Frog in Love and Guess How Much I Love You. Both focus on relationships and the importance of love. Kids will also participate in a craft activity of making Valentine’s Cards with Karin.
Price: 40RMB (includes a kid's hot chocolate)
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The Bookworm Book Club meets every month to discuss exciting works of literature from both modern authors and classic masters! For the past two years, the Book Club has discussed many books with particular relevence to China, and while this will continue, future editions will also include a variety of works from international authors, looking at international stories.
In February we will discuss a modern classic from Peru. Death in the Andes (Lituma en los Andes) is a 1993 novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. It follows the character Lituma, from Who Killed Palomino Molero?, after being transferred to the rural town of Naccos.
This novel examines the tactics and motivations of the Shining Path, (a group of Peruvian communists aligned with Maoism) but situates their violence in the context of an older world where life is brutal and in a society which is on the very fringe of the modern world. A lot of magic realism is employed, with a great deal of references to old, "indian" spirituality, and to Pishtacos, vampires of Andean folklore.
The book is available at the Bookworm. Book Club members will receive 1 free drink with purchase of the book on the night of the Book Club.
19:30 15 Feb 2017 @ The Bookworm
This week, kids’ storytelling and craft will focus on stories from Ukraine and Russia: The Mitten and The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish. Both are perfect stories to read on a wintry day with a cup of hot chocolate (wearing mittens of course!) For this week’s craft, kids will be making their very own pair of cosy mittens!
Price: 40RMB (includes a kid's hot chocolate)
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The performance will take the audience back to the East Berlin of 1958 when Hans Bunge, Bertolt Brecht’s assistant at the Berliner Ensemble and later Manager of the Brecht Archive, began the first of his fourteen recorded interviews with Brecht’s best friend and collaborator, the composer, Hanns Eisler.
Sabine Berendse, the daughter of the late Hans Bunge, together with Paul Clements have translated the conversations from the German and created a dramatic reconstruction of extracts from the conversations. A selection of recordings of Eisler’s music and rarely seen photographic images of Eisler and others illustrate the show.
In these conversations Eisler offers a compelling and absorbing account of his and Brecht’s close friendship and collaboration. He provides illuminating and original insights into Brecht’s work and ideas and gives an entertaining first-hand description of his friend’s personality and attitudes.
Sabine Berendse grew up in East Germany. She read Cultural Studies at Karl Marx University in Leipzig and studied for a Masters in Library and Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A current resident of Cardiff, Wales, she works as Librarian and Information Specialist and freelance translator.
Paul Clements has taught, acted and directed in the UK, U.S., and Canada, Scandinavia. Paul was Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Wales and, from 1985-1996, Director of Drama at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. From 1996 until his retirement in 2008 he was Principal of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. In 2002 he was co-winner of The Blue Angel at the Berlin Film Festival for his work on the Danish film, Minor Mishaps, which won the award for Best European Film.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
Investigate creative and logistical techniques to inspire your own visual poetry! Join us at the Bookworm on March 16th for a night of exploration into the eclectic, poetic audio-visual world of artist Matt Hulse. Matt has been making films and photographs since the early 90's. The majority of these, in one way or another, explore journeys - whether actual or imagined - and seek to articulate through the power of sound and image the unique and transformative experience of travel. Matt will share and discuss a selection of films shot in the DPRK, Dresden, Warsaw, Vienna, Czech Republic and the UK. He will also premiere a brand new film from Outer Mongolia and perform a new spoken word piece based on visits to North Korea as a tour leader for Koryo Tours.
100RMB (Includes a free drink)
The book that places contemporary Chinese banking within a context of traditional Chinese culture and within a broader market socialist economy dominated by the Communist Party. It is also the only book that compares Chinese banking today with both Chinese banking pre-1949, and also with the banking systems at similar stages of development in other Northeast Asian nations.
James Stent served for 13 years on the boards of China Minsheng Bank and China Everbright Bank in Beijing, and is presently on the boards of banks in Mongolia and Myanmar. Altogether, he has been engaged in commercial banking in Asia for more than four decades, starting with Citibank and Crocker National Bank in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Thailand, prior to joining the management of a Thai bank in Bangkok. Stent now divides his time between residences in Bangkok and California. Fluent in Chinese and Thai, he studied economic development at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Ted Plafker is an American journalist who has lived and worked in Beijing since 1989. He has written for the South China Morning Post, Washington Post, Boston Globe and many others. Since 1994 he has been a Beijing correspondent for The Economist. He served for three years as President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China and is the author of the book "Doing Business in China", published in 2007 by Hachette.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)