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Whiskey Tasting at The Bookworm: A Q-and-A with Arthur Pottenger

Whiskey tasting

We’ve done gin, we’ve done Oregonian whiskey, we’ve done scotch, and now, on Sunday, June 12 at 6 pmThe Bookworm will do bourbon: come taste Benchmark, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and 1792 Ridgemont Reserve for the low price of 160 RMB. (Space is limited, so reservation is required via [email protected].) (more…)

The Culture Trip recognizes The Bookworm as one of Beijing’s best “hidden bookshops”

The Culture Trip

The website Culture Trip had some nice things to say about us. Click the above picture for the full story.

The Bookworm in Beijing is not just a bookshop, but one of the city’s major cultural hubs. Local and foreign culture lovers that crave to be surrounded by stacks of books while enjoying a cup of  coffee need look no further. The Bookworm includes a café-restaurant with a rare selection of whiskeys, and hosts a number of events such as movie screenings, comedy nights, lectures, literary festivals, and various poetry and writing workshops. It  has been named one of “The Best Bookshops in the World” by Lonely Planet.

Announcing: Sazerac Company Whiskey Tasting (4 for 160 RMB!)


The good folks of Sazerac Company, which owns a number of North American Distilleries, are bringing a taste of Kentucky to The Bookworm, Beijing. On Sunday, June 12 at 6 pm on The Bookworm’s rooftop, Arthur Pottenger of DXCEL, which distributes Sazerac products in China, will guide us through a four-whiskey tasting for only 160 RMB. Space is limited, so reservation is required via [email protected]. (more…)

The Beijing Flea Market returns tomorrow to The Bookworm

Beijing Flea Market - May

MAY 14 from 11 am to 5 pm – FREE


The Bookworm rooftop turns into a treasure trove once again with more than 30 independent labels, handmade goods, vintage, craft foods and drink specials. Come and post a photo on WeChat of your favorite vendor in the first hour of the event and get a free drink courtesy of The Bookworm!!

In case of rain, we’ll move the vendors downstairs. (more…)

The Bookworm’s New Food Menu

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Did you hear? The Bookworm has an exciting new food menu, featuring delectable new items as sauteed garlic shrimp, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, Sichuan-style Cobb salad, cheese platter, and more.  (more…)

The Secret Garden is Now Open

The Secret Garden

The Bookworm’s “Secret Garden” rooftop is back! Come along and read or chat a little and enjoy a bite or a cold Slowboat draft beer. Speaking of — here’s a special spring promotion: buy any two Slowboat drafts, get one free! (more…)

The Bookworm Book Club: “The World of The End”

Touche Gafla - The World of the End

The Bookworm Book Club invites you to join its monthly discussion on Wednesday, May 18 when we talk about Ofir Touché Gafla’s The World of The End. First published in Hebrew in 2004, it won the 2005 Geffen Award for best fantasy/science fiction novel of the year and the 2006 Kugel Award for Hebrew literature. (more…)

Meet an Author: Valeria Luiselli, Mexico’s rising literary star

valeria luiselli

Valeria Luiselli is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd (2012), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, and The Story of My Teeth (2015), and the collection of essays Sidewalks (2014). She is a rising literay star whose work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, andMcSweeney’s. In 2014 she won the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. Born in Mexico City in 1983, she grew up in South Africa. (more…)

Meet an Author: Hyeonseo Lee, North Korea defector

Hyeonseo Lee sitting

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul. Her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, has been published in more than 20 countries “I’m telling them about the girl who grew up believing her nation to be the greatest on earth, and who witnessed her first public execution at the age of seven,” Lee writes. Over 5 million people have viewed her TED Talk about her life in North Korea, her escape to China, and struggle to bring her family to freedom. Lee has given testimony about North Korean human rights in front of a special panel of the UN Security Council, and has discussed issues with important leaders such as UN Ambassador Samantha Powers. (more…)

Hyeonseo Lee Will Give an Encore Talk this Sunday

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We knew Hyeonseo Lee’s solo talk was going to be a hot ticket, but we didn’t quite expect it to sell out within two weeks. In the weeks since, the wait list has steadily expanded, to the point where we had to do this: give her a second solo. So this Sunday, March 27 at 6 pm, Hyeonseo Lee will be giving an encore to her book talk, The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story. Tickets are now available both online and at The Bookworm. (more…)

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Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road,

Chaoyang District, Beijing

100027, P.R China

Tel: (010) 6586 9507

Email: [email protected]


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