About Us

This year marks the 10th Bookworm Literary Festival (BLF), a full decade based in the heart of Beijing as an independent and privately funded festival. Our purpose, then and now, has been to provide a platform for the promotion of great literature and the free and positive exchange of ideas, and with that in mind we can’t be prouder to introduce our anniversary program.

By the numbers, this year’s BLF is our largest ever, featuring more than 180 writers, thinkers, and performers hailing from over 30 countries. From March 11 to 27, they will converge across three Bookworm cities (Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou) plus Ningbo and Shanghai to participate in 300-some events, including book talks, panel discussions, performances, and workshops. As always, there will be children’s events, comedy, screenings, and a strong bilingual element.

But dig in and you’ll find that the 10th Bookworm Literary Festival is distinguished by its depth and diversity. Our international lineup includes bestsellers and award-winners, novelists and poets (more poets than ever), historians and critics, journalists and musicians, and more. In addition, our substantial Chinese cast includes the likes of A Yi, Yi Sha, and Yang Li, whose influence in the local literary scene cannot be understated.

Additionally – as a platform for constructive debate, discussion, and the exchange of ideas – we are proud to present our “China Future Perfect” series of panel discussions that hone in on a wide range of key topics and issues, including the environment, civil society, regional stability, economy, film, art, religion, etc.

Literature is an ongoing, global discussion, and through our participation we are challenged to better understand ourselves and the world we occupy. Additionally, thought and dialogue are pillars for a healthy and progressive society. We are proud to be part of this wide discussion and trust the sessions will resonate long after the festival’s conclusion.

The Bookworm Literary Festival is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, cultural partners, patrons, and friends. We would like to offer them our sincerest gratitude.

We very much look forward to festivalling with you!

The Bookworm Literary Festival Team

老书虫文学节(BLF)今年已经迎来了第10个年头;它是一场年度文学与思想的庆典,汇聚了来自世界各地的不同声音。我们的文学节由私人资助并独立举办,致力为坦诚的对话和辩论提供一个平台。

今年将有100位来自全世界的作家相聚在于3月11日至27日举办的文学节上。他们将亲临全国三地的老书虫(北京,成都,苏州),以及其他四个“文学大篷车”系列长期活动的参与城市。我们的300多场活动包括了书谈,小组讨论,工坊,涉及的话题涵盖新闻工作,历史,艺术,和环境等诸多领域。小说,非虚构文学,诗歌,电影,戏剧,幽默小品,问答游戏皆有展示,还有更多精彩内容等你发现。

同以往一样,本届文学节包括了工坊和为儿童准备的活动,另有比以往更多的中英双语活动,从各个角度探索当代中国社会。通过双语活动的增加,我们希望看到更多的本地观众参与到文学节的活动中来,与来自世界各地的知名作家和文化人零距离接触。他们中的许多人远道而来,为的就是能够认识更多中国的读者朋友们,并把自己的作品介绍给大家。本次文学节将由“作者与读者的庆典”开始,并以文学问答秀收尾,其间你将看到BLF历届最受欢迎的活动——新闻报道讨论会,翻译大满贯,北京诗歌——以及新增的集体文学活动,如故事会等。

我们相信文学的力量——它挑战我们去探索和了解周围的世界,并为我们带来新的视角和不断变换的思维模式。我们创立文学节的最初目的,就是为思想和对话提供一个平台,这也是社会进步的基石。文学是一场随时随地进行着的世界性对话,能够成为其中的一分子,我们倍感骄傲。

老书虫文学节的举办离不开我们慷慨的赞助商,文化合作伙伴和资助人的帮助。我们在这里衷心向他们致谢,感谢他们帮助我们筹划这场当代文学与文化的盛宴。

我们热切期待你与我们一起参与到文学节的活动中来!

老书虫文学节团队