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Announcing: Howard French Book Talk at The Bookworm, December 21

China's Second Continent

Howard French, veteran China reporter and former senior correspondent with the New York Times, will be at The Bookworm on Monday, December 21 to talk about his latest book, China’s Second Continent, which looks at how China’s increasing presence in Africa is affecting the world. The talk will be moderated by Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo. (more…)

William Lindesay, who will speak at The Bookworm on Thursday, featured in the New York Times

William Lindesay

William Lindesay, author of The Great Wall in 50 Objects, will give a book talk at The Bookworm on Thursday, December 17 (tickets available at the bookstore and via [email protected]). He was interviewed by Ian Johnson recently for the New York Times. Here’s an excerpt: (more…)

Renowned Australian Storyteller William Yang at The Bookworm

William Yang

Australia’s celebrated multidisciplinary artist William Yang will perform The Story Only I Can Tell, an autobiographical masterpiece exploring the central threads of his search for identity, tomorrow at The Bookworm.

Yang, who was born of Chinese/Australian parents, grew up strongly identifying as Australian, although he looked Chinese. He suffered because of the way he looked as he was not as he appeared to be. He is also gay. He liberated himself from social expectation, and his search for identity is one of the main themes of his work. (more…)

Don’t Miss, Tonight: Murong Xuecun Makes a Rare Public Appearance

Murong Xuecun

“I still live in fear,” Murong Xuecun wrote in a New York Times op-ed last summer. “I visited many Chinese prisons for a novel I wrote about the legal world — I know they aren’t pleasant places. Could I cope with a life behind bars? How would I face my devastated family and friends if I were jailed? I still don’t know.”

The Bookworm Proudly Presents: Murong Xuecun, China’s “Laureate of Corruption”

Murong Xuecun Portrait Session

Outspoken author and commentator Murong Xuecun, who the New York Times calls China’s “laureate of corruption,” will be at The Bookworm on Wednesday, October 21 to give a talk on Dancing Through Red Dust, his first English-language book in six years. (more…)

Introducing: The Bookworm 10 Keynote Address Speakers

China 10 Keynote

Please join us this Friday as we welcome three Chinese authors — a novelist, a poet, and a nonfiction writer — to The Bookworm as they each give 10-minute keynote addresses on the meaning of literature and expression in China. (more…)

This Sunday: Evan Medeiros, President Obama’s Former Top Asia Adviser


It’s still early in the US election cycle, but China has been a major talking point for America’s presidential hopefuls. How do we separate facts from bluster? This Sunday, we’re hosting a speaker who can help do just that.

Dr. Evan Medeiros, President Obama’s former top adviser on Asia, will join Beijingers for Blue States to discuss, in a special off-the-record talk, the stakes for the US relationship with China in the 2016 elections and how a future Democratic candidate might handle U.S.-China relations and Asia policy in the next administration.

Dr. Medeiros was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House’s National Security Council (NSC) until June 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolian affairs and was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Note: Due to high demand, The Bookworm can NOT take reservations for this event. Please order your tickets online or buy them in person at The Bookworm.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 4 pm

50 RMB (40 RMB members)

Why Did China Embrace Beethoven? Find Out at This Book Talk

Beethoven in China

It was during the Cultural Revolution that composer Jindong Cai fell in love with Beethoven’s music. This Sunday, August 30, Cai will explain the roots of that love — and why that love is shared by millions of Chinese — when he gives a talk on the book Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People’s Republic, which he co-authored with his wife Sheila Melvin. (more…)

Thursday Book Talk: Ian Mote’s “From Chicken Feet To Crystal Baths”

Ian Mote, who has set foot in every province in China, will share stories of his adventures across the country, from getting drunk with miners in Inner Mongolia to dining at the fanciest restaurants in Shanghai. His book, From Chicken Feet To Crystal Baths: An Englishman’s Travels Throughout China, is about an expat adjusting to life in Asia — and never ceasing to be amazed. (more…)

Upcoming: Book Talk with Richard Bernstein, Author of “China 1945”

Richard Bernstein

With us this Wednesday (July 15) is the distinguished historian Richard Bernstein, who will talk about his book China 1945: Mao’s Revolution and America’s Fateful Choice. As the Washington Post describes it: “Bernstein tells the story of the United States, China, Japan and the U.S.S.R. during the last, dramatic year of World War II in Asia. The central question he explores is this: In the late 1940s, could the United States and China have avoided four decades of antagonism, thereby allowing America to dodge the depredations of the Korean War, a defeat in Vietnam and, it is implied, our current tensions with Beijing?” (more…)

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