Archive for February, 2011

Iceland meets Beijing – a chat with Andri Magnason

Just before catching his plane, Andri Magnason shared insights into his travel habits (and ovens) with Sara. Read more to find out about Iceland’s connection with Wonderland, as well as Andri’s and Alice… Sara: What do you always take with you wherever you go? Andri: For some reason I always have my laptop. I always […]

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Nir Baram’s “Good People” short-listed

The shortlist for another literary award, Israel’s most prestigious, the Sapir Literary Prize, has been announced – featuring another of our Festival authors! Nir Baram‘s latest novel Good people, which will be translated into English in 2012, has been nominated for the prize, whose winner will be announced on March 23rd 2011. The novel sketches the fates of German and Russians […]

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Slam, Rap, Words at 2 Kolegas

Join us as we take poetry off the page and explore its many forms – from performance poetry to hip hop to rap. Festival slam poets Omar Musa and Kelly-lee Hickey join Chinese hip-hop artist Lil Ray for this one-off slam showdown at Dos Kolegas. Expect raw and wild word performances like nothing Beijing’s ever […]

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Andrew O’Hagan & Marilyn Monroe

The New York Review of Books on literary dogs and Marilyn Monroe in Andrew O’Hagan’s latest, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog.

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A Chat with Jessica Rudd

The Bookworm International Literary Festival is fast approaching. As the countdown runs, the excitement rises. Sara seized the moments of anticipation to catch up with one of our acclaimed festival authors – Jessica Rudd. Find out more about good mornings, bedside reading and what to do with cows on a roof top. Sara: How do […]

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Man Asian Literary Shortlist Announced

Congratulations to Festival author Bi Feiyu on his nomination to the Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist. The Man Asian Literary Prize is an annual literary award given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English, and published in the previous calendar year. The 2010 Shortlist Three Sisters […]

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Sedaris on Beijing

Having just paid his first visit to Beijing as part of The Bookworm’s Festival Prologue, David Sedaris had quite a few humorous stories from his first impressions of the capital. Global Times recounts the best from his Mako Livehouse performance: click here to read about turds, subway manners and similarities (or absence thereof) between the Chinese capital […]

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Xiuxi with Xu Xi

Award-winning Hong Kong novelist Xu Xi is the author of eight books of fiction and essays, including Evanescent Isles, Overleaf Hong Kong and The Unwalled City. Her most recent novel Habit of a Foreign Sky touches upon the challenges of cosmopolitan life, following a mixed-race investment banker’s struggle with bereavement. Here Xu Xi introduced the book the Asia Society, […]

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Ian Johnson on the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt and Washington

On The New York Review of Books blog, journalist and Festival author Ian Johnson discusses Egypt’s future. Johnson’s latest book, A Mosque in Munich, explores the story of the rise of radical Islam in Europe – encompassing a host of players including the Nazis, CIA, KGB and the 83 year-old power but shadowy organisation known as […]

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The Slap on Australian TV

Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Prize and Writer’s Prize for Best Book, Christos Tsiolkas is now also associate producer and story consultant for an ABC television adaption of his novel The Slap which is soon to appear on Australian screens. For more information on the adaptation and news on its cast and crew click here. And here […]

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