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.
Dennis Rodman is on a mission. After forging an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he wants to improve relations between North Korea and the US by staging a historic basketball game between the two countries. But the North Korean team isn't the only opposition he'll face... Condemned by the NBA and The Whitehouse, and hounded every step of the way by the press, can Dennis keep it together and make the game happen? Or will it go up in a mushroom cloud of smoke? For the first time, discover the true story of what happened when Dennis Rodman took a team of former-NBA players to North Korea and staged the most controversial game of basketball the world has never seen.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
真人 (Zhen Ren) is Beijing's only band playing early blues from before the Chicago blues scene. These blues came from the rural American South, like Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. They feature the music of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake and others. They combine country blues acoustic guitar and harmonica with modern electric guitar and electric slide guitar. If the electricity in the world disappears, the electricity in this music is here forever! 真人 is Peter Murchison on guitar, slide guitar and vocals, 张晓松 Zhang Xiao Song on blues harmonica, and Richard Barnes on electric guitar. Get ready!! Zhen Ren is here.
Bring the Kids’ along to a Christmas storytelling and craft extravaganza! There will be festive stories from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, to Carol Ann Duffy’s Another Night Before Christmas. We will spread the Christmas spirit by making our own Christmas decorations, and by enjoying a short Christmas film Stickman. Happy Holidays!
35RMB per child
This festive season, The Bookworm wants to highlight the amazing work of NGOs and charities based in China. With this in mind, we are proud to welcome the founders of three amazing NGOs, all of which help to improve the lives of those in need. We invite you to join us for a panel discussion, where we'll learn how NGOs operate in China, hear about the difficulties they face and find out how they raise money and awareness.
Our panelists: Andrew Shirman from Education In Sight, an NGO solving education inequality in the countryside by providing glasses to nearsighted students; Ching Tien, from Educating Girls of Rural China, which helps young women from rural areas of Western China to obtain an education; and Helen Boyle, from the Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF), which aims to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children across China. The discussion will be moderated by Canadian businesswoman Laurie O’Donnell.
The ticket price is 100RMB, with proceeds going to the featured NGOs.
Beijing during the Qing dynasty was a city under occupation. Around the palace lived the Imperial clan and the soldiers of the 8 banners, and below them the Chinese civilians. These two societies were divided both by law and physically by Walls and gates.
The reason for this was that the rulers were afraid of losing their ethnic identity. Because the Qing rulers all belonged to a conglomeration of tribes called the Manchu’s. These were people of the plains that culturally were very different from the Han-Chinese. The women of the Manchu’s for instance did not bind their feet and rode horses. Culturally the Manchu’s felt a much closer bund to the Mongolian’s. But despite their vigorous efforts the virtues of nomadic living eventually proved difficult to preserve…
“City of Segregation” is the story of how the Manchu’s occupied the Capital of Beijing for an impressive almost 280 years, how they changed the city and still strongly helped influence our notion of “old Beijing” today. Very likely the ancestors, of your small talking bird-raising Beijing neighbor, originally belonged to a whiplashing nomadic people of the plains.
75RMB (includes a free drink)
The Bookworm Book Club meets every month to discuss exciting works of literature from both modern authors and classic masters! In December we will discuss a classic American novel Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion, which was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil - literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul - it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.
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.
60RMB per child
Get in the holiday spirit at The Bookworm with a special pub quiz hosted by longtime Beijing quizmaster Anthony Tao. Expect holiday-themed questions in categories that span the board. We'll have festive music, mulled wine and Bailey's hot chocolate to help you through the night. Teams limited to six people, so come early to get a table for you and your smart friends. Top prize is a pot of freshly made mulled wine!