The Bookworm’s library makes the perfect informal setting for our inspiring programme packed with readings, talks, discussions, debates, book launches and music gigs. 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 live 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 40rmb for members of The Bookworm and 50 rmb for non-members unless otherwise specified. TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT THE BOOKWORM, TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF THE EVENT. TO BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE, PLEASE EMAIL ORDER@BEIJINGBOOKWORM.COM. ADVANCE TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE EVENT.
After a successful first meeting of the Beijing Bookworm Book Club, we have chosen our next book, local author He Jiahong’s crime novel Hanging Devils. By the way, He Jiahong is coming to the Bookworm Literary Festival in March, so you will have a unique chance to meet the author and share all the ideas you have discussed during the Book Club session. The book is in stock and can be purchased at The Bookworm.
Join Maria Coffey for an entertaining talk about her life as an author and journalist, and the trials and tribulations of juggling her creative passion with the demands of running an adventure travel company and an initiative to protect elephants in Asia and Africa.
Maria is an internationally published and award-winning author of 12 books, including Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow, which won the Banff Mountain Literature Prize as well as the National Outdoor Book Award. Her latest book, Explorers of the Infinite, was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. She and her husband Dag Goering are presently co-writing a book about their journey into the world of elephants.
50RMB, 40RMB (members)
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)
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In 1995 Beijing hosted the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women, with delegates creating a “Beijing Platform for Action” to further gender equality and women’s empowerment. Twenty years later, where do we stand? To celebrate International Women’s Day — and as a special prologue to this year’s Bookworm Literary Festival — join Joan Kaufman, Director of Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Su Wenying from UNICEF, and others for a discussion about Chinese women’s rights, employment disparities, domestic and family violence, and more.
Price: 50RMB (40 for Bookworm members), with proceeds going to charity. Tickets are available exclusively at The Bookworm.
Sunday Salon is an interactive lecture series in partnership with Time Out magazine that takes you behind China's music. It provides a rare opportunity to hear symphony performers in an intimate setting and to learn more about their art.This month Sunday Salon welcomes The China Cello Philharmonic. Beijing native Chu Yibing began playing at seven, studied in Paris at seventeen and later became the principal cellist of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Europe’s second highest-paid cello position. Today, as the Central Conservatory of Music’s Cello Department head, he leads China’s first and only permanent chamber ensemble, the China Cello Philharmonic. An audience favorite.
50 RMB (40 RMB with a Time Out magazine issue)
Poor housing, traffic and bleak public spaces; these drawbacks are pushing people to abandon Beijing in droves. But innovative projects aiming to transform life in the capital may change that. Four passionate creatives will speak about their work improving livability and sustainability in Beijing, inspiring possibilities for capital living not widely seen before.
l James Shen, co-founder of the socially motivated People’s Architecture Office, will speak about his project upgrading hutong living
l Energy Foundation Chinaurban planners Jasmine Tillu and Yuanxin Sun describe their mission to transform the “in-between” city spaces to build community
l Bamboo Bicycles Beijing founder David Wang to talk on mobility and sustainable transport
This panel is hosted by media group Beijing Blend,a fusion of the capital’s best culture and conversation. Follow us on Wechat, ID: beijingblend
50RMB, 40RMB (members)