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.
There is a dream in every child’s heart that one day I can become a superhero. No longer ordinary, but I can maintain world peace.
One day, there is a little boy occasionally makes his dream come true and becomes a superhero!
Antboy is a set of children’s literature from Denmark. The author is Kenneth Andersen, the most popular Danish writer. It tells a story of a 12 years old boy Pelle, who was bitten by a little ant and became a superhero antboy. This series of stories is now the best-selling works in Denmark, and was made into 3 movies.
Now Kenneth Andersen is coming to Beijing with his Antboy story. In the workshop, we will watch the Antboy movie together, and Kenneth will tell the stories for us. Then we could make an anyboy postcard for Danish children. The most amazing part is we could dress up as the real antboy!
Prat 1 | 主题讨论
Prat 2 | Freetalk
Set during the mid-19th century, The Ibis trilogy, comprising of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire deal with the trade of opium between India and Chi
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50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
“Three Weddings and a Divorce” is a portrait of three women all living in Beijing. Grandmother Wang - with bound “Lily-feet”, 63-year- old Liu Xiao Bing - whose life was heavily affected by the Cultural Revolution, and 34-year- old successful business woman Xie Rui. Together, they can account for the last hundred years of Beijing’s history. Their life stories illustrate the incredible change the role of women has undergone in Chinese society. It tells of how the custom of foot-binding was abandoned and condemned by revolutionary slogans that projected model female workers to the fore, but the idea of the good-natured communist woman now seems distant, having been replaced by the high stilettos of ‘modern society’. Beijing Postcards has been following the lives of these women for about four years. During this period a great deal has changed, “Three Weddings and a Divorce” has now become “Four Weddings and a Divorce”!
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.
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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Sunday Salon is an interactive lecture series in partnership with Time Out magazine that takes you behind China's music. This month Sunday Salon presents Sheng Yuan. Known for being China’s foremost Bach interpreter, world-renowned Sheng Yuan first made his name with Chopin. This month Sheng uses pictures, recordings and demonstrations to discuss the development of the piano during Chopin’s career, and how this new technology changed the sound, the feel and the interpretation of the master’s works.
Tickets: 50 RMB (40 RMB with September issue of Time Out Magazine)
Why do northern Chinese behave differently from those in the south? You're invited to a fascinating talk on China's two psychological cultures by Thomas Talhelm, who found large differences between people in northern and southern China—and that these differences were correlated with the amount of rice historically grown in different provinces. In a recent study, published on the cover of Science, psychologist Talhelm argues that rice farming's staggering labor requirements and irrigation networks encouraged labor exchanges and tight, reciprocal relationships. In contrast, wheat's lower labor and water requirements lead to the north's more independent and free-wheeling culture. For more insights into Talhelm’s fascinating research see the Economist, National Geographic, and NPR. Talhelm will also explain why Beijingers are more likely to push chairs around more when they visit Starbucks.
Whether we need to make better financial choices, find the love of our life, or transform our career, crowdsourcing is the key to making quicker, wiser, more objective decisions. But few of us even come close to tapping the full potential of our online personal networks. Lior Zoref offers proven guidelines for applying what he calls "mind sharing" in new ways. For instance, he shows how a mother's Facebook update saved the life of a four-year-old boy, and how a manager used LinkedIn to create a year's worth of market research in less than a day. Zoref's clients are using his techniques to innovate and problem-solve in record time. Now he reveals how crowdsourcing has the ability to supercharge our thinking and upgrade every aspect of our lives.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
The Loreli Affordable Art Market is back by popular demand! Come to The Bookworm to find more new art pieces by Beijing local artists. We have the only art market in town that can guarantee NO FAKES! That's because it's the artists themselves selling their pieces at The Loreli Affordable Art Market. Some of Beijing's finest local and foreign creatives will be selling prints, paintings, sketches and photographs at prices every art lover can afford. Put down that Van Gogh poster and buy something original.
Caught on CCTV offers a unique insight into Chinese state television as the author takes readers on a personal journey laced with humor from the unexpected moments and mishaps of live TV to the rapid expansion of CCTV News as a global news competitor. His story provides inspiration to those who have faced their own days of despair. Edwin Maher has been a journalist and broadcaster all his working life in Australia and his native New Zealand. In 2004 he became the first non-Asian face to front CCTV's prime time World Wide Watch and remains part of the growing multi-cultural team of anchors.
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The Bookworm Book Club meets every month to discuss exciting works of literature from both modern authors and classic masters! In September we will meet to talk about That Man In Our Lives by Xu Xi. That Man In Our Lives is an ambitious, witty and generous novel, which also has enough mystery to keep even somebody with 20th-century tastes turning the pages. It also delivers an Asian perspective on the challenges and opportunities of globalization, while exploring the loss of traditional ideas about the self, and what that loss means for authors and readers.”
Hundreds of millions of people, Chinese and foreign, are learning a version of Chinese called Putonghua. But where did this language come from? And why does it seem so hard for foreigners to learn? This talk will cover the little known history of China's quest for a common language in the 20th century, the current language policy in China, and the future of Chinese in cyberspace and the Internet.
David Moser holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan. He was a visiting scholar at Peking University in 1987-1990, and a visiting professor for five years at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he taught Translation Theory and Psycholinguistics. Moser is currently Academic Director at CET Chinese Studies at Beijing Capital Normal University, where he teaches courses in Chinese history and politics, and a co-host of the Sinica Podcast. Moser also worked at China Central Television (CCTV) as a program advisor, translator, and host, and continues to be active in Chinese media.
50RMB, 40RMB (Members)
To Be A Writer (creative writing workshop in fiction & nonfiction offered by Xu Xi of Authors at Large www.aalauthors.com)
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In her newly released novel, That Man In Our Lives, Xu Xi expands the fictional universe of her earlier novels, locating New York as the perch to view the shifting balance of power between China and the U.S. “That Man In Our Lives is an ambitious, witty and generous novel, which also has enough mystery to keep even somebody with 20th-century tastes turning the pages. It also delivers an Asian perspective on the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, while exploring the loss of traditional ideas about the self, and what that loss means for authors and readers.” - The Asian Review of Books.