Thursday, 8 March


Zhang Yajun, Dan Bao, Lenora Chu, moderated by Joanna Chiu 
Thursday, March 8, 7.30 pm | 80 RMB | BW8-8 – Ticket

In recent months #metoo has made headlines around the world, and other issues such as pay inequality and fair gender representation in the political and corporate spheres have risen to the fore again and have sparked wide debate. As we mark International Women’s Day on the opening of the 2018 Bookworm Literary Festival, Joanna Chiu (Correspondent for Agence France-Presse) will lead a discussion bringing together Zhang Yajun (presenter for Radii’s Wǒ Men podcasts), Dan Bao (a writer who focusses on gender issues) and Lenora Chu (author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School, and a Global Race to Achieve). They will discuss what it means to be a woman in 2018, what lessons to take from the past year, and how to now move forward gender debates in China and across the world.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Zhang Yajun,淡豹,Lenora Chu,主持人 Joanna Chiu

3月8日(星期四),晚七点半 | 80 RMB | BW8-8

近几个月来,“我也是”(#MeToo)已成为全球性的新闻头条。与此同时,在政治与就业领域,薪资不平等与性别比例公平性等问题再次凸显,引发了广泛的争议。2018年老书虫文学节的开幕式正值国际妇女节当天,我们邀请到法新社记者Joanna Chiu作为主持,她将与Radii的Wǒ Men(我们)播客主持人Zhang Yajun,关注性别、阶级等问题的作家与记者淡豹,以及最近出版了Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School, and a Global Race to Achieve的Lenora,共同探讨:在2018年,作为一名女性意味着什么,从过去一年我们学到什么,以及如何在中国及全世界范围推进性别辩论。


Friday, 9 March


A book talk with Lenora Chu, moderated by Nathan Vanderklippe
Friday, March 9, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW9-6 – Ticket

Lenora Chu, an award-winning American journalist, presents her hard-hitting exploration of China’s education system. When she enrolled her son at the age of three in China’s state-run school system, the results were initially positive—but she also began to notice troubling new behaviors. Wondering what was happening behind closed classroom doors, she embarked on an exploratory journey, interviewing Chinese teachers, parents and education experts, and following Chinese students at all stages of their education. Lenora’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and asks to consider the true value and purpose of education. Published by HarperCollins in Sep 2017, Little Soldiers was a NYTimes Book Review Editors’ Choice and earned a rare five-star review from the South China Morning Post. “The best book I’ve read about education in China,” wrote Peter Hessler of the New Yorker. Lenora will be in conversation with Nathan Vanderklippe from The Globe and Mail.


Rob Schmitz and Luo Xin, moderated by Jeremiah Jenne
Friday, March 9, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW9-8 – Ticket

In his recent book, Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road, National Public Radio’s Rob Schmitz painted a portrait of contemporary Shanghai through the eyes of people living on a single city street. For his latest book, A Walk from Beijing to Xanadu: Rediscovering China on Ancient Trails, historian and author Luo Xin walked the 450 kms from Beijing, to Xanadu in Inner Mongolia, retracing a well-worn path taken by Yuan Dynasty emperors 800 years previously. In both books, the authors weave historical facts and personal observations in with the stories and people they encountered along the way. Join Rob Schmitz and Luo Xin as they discuss how they hit the streets and developed these critically acclaimed creative non-fiction titles.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Rob Schmitz,罗新,主持人 Jeremiah Jenne

39日(星期五),晚八点 | 60 RMB | BW9-8

美国国家公共广播电台的Rob Schmitz在他的新作 Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road 中,通过居住在一条城市街道上的人们的视角,描绘出一幅当代上海的肖像画。历史学家与作家罗新从大都”——如今的北京出发,徒步450公里,来到内蒙古的上都,追溯了800年前元代皇帝所走之路,写作旅行记《从大都到上都:在古道上重新发现中国》。在这两本书中,作者将历史掌故,所思所想,与路途所遇之人,所见之事,都娓娓道来。Rob Schmitz 将和罗新一同探讨与分享,他们是如何走入街头,写作出这些广受赞誉并极具创造力的非虚构作品的。


Saturday, 10 March


Simon Shieh
Saturday, March 10, 12 noon | 50 RMB | BW10-12 – Ticket

A Young Writers Panel featuring high school writers, moderated by high school student, Jennifer Zhou. Jennifer Zhou is the author of “Here Be Dragons,” (InkBeat Youth Journal) the story of a troubled young boy discovering his father through his art. Tina Sang is a Chinese-American junior in high school who has written fiction about everything from cartographers to pickpockets to the implications of time travel. Caitlin Yuxuan Yao is a third culture kid whose fictional characters have often experienced family trauma, especially abandonment. She reads, writes, sings, and dreams in three languages. Ollie Vickers’ poetry has been published in every issue of InkBeat Youth Journal to date, and has been characterized by Anthony Tao as being “image-rich…imbued with a sense of longing…and triumphant in the smallest and truest way.


Alec Ash, Karoline Kan
moderated by Ian Johnson
Saturday, March 10, 2 pm | 60 RMB | BW10-2 Ticket

This is the generation that will change China. The youth, over 320 million of them in their teens and twenties, more than the population of the USA. Born after Mao, with no memory of Tiananmen, they are destined to transform both their nation and the world. But these millennials, offspring of the one-child policy, face fierce competition to succeed. Pressure starts young, and their road isn’t easy. Alec Ash, author of Wish Lanterns, and Karoline Kan, who is writing a book on the topic of the youth in China, will consider the opportunities and challenges Chinese millennials face. They will discuss, among other things, the impact of the one-child policy on China’s aging society, the role of women, marriage pressures, whether social mobility is stalling, and the growing sense of nationalism amongst the younger generation. Alec’s Wish Lanterns follows the lives of six young Chinese in a vivid, gripping account of young China as it comes of age. Karoline’s debut work of non-fiction, Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Love, Loss, and Hope in China, will be published in 2019. This event will be moderated by Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.


Ian Johnson and Xie Ding, moderated by Anthony Kuhn
Saturday, March 10, 4pm | 60 RMB | BW10-4 – Ticket 

Join us as two leading journalists and non-fiction writers discuss their writing and research, and how they get the most out of interviews to deliver stories that stand truly out. Ian Johnson writes features and essays for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, as well as other publications. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won in 2001 for his coverage of China. His latest book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, describes China’s religious revival and its implications for politics and society. Xie Ding has established a name for himself in China for delivering fresh and real stories under the “NoonStory” non-fiction brand he developed with, and he is currently developing a new column called “Beast Interviews” that will feature regular in-depth interviews from across China. In conversation with NPR Beijing Correspondent Anthony Kuhn.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Ian Johnson,谢丁
主持人 Anthony Kuhn

3月10日(星期六),下午四点 | 60 RMB | BW10-4

我们有幸请到两位杰出的记者与非虚构作家,他们将分享探讨如何写作调研,以及他们是如何从采访中汲取最多的信息,以传递真实的故事。Ian Johnson为《纽约时报》、《纽约书评》以及其他多种出版物撰写特稿及文章,他曾两次获得普利策奖提名,并于2001年因其对中国的报道荣获该奖。他在最新作品The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao中描写了中国的宗教复兴及其对政治和社会的影响。谢丁早年在界面新闻创立非虚构栏目《正午故事》,致力于讲述新鲜、真实、具有时代烙印的故事,影响广泛。如今,他正筹备一个新的栏目《野兽采访》,选题将来自中国各地,定期发布访谈报道。



Geoff Dyer, moderated by Sarah Waldram
Saturday, March 10, 6 pm | 80 RMB | BW10-6 – Ticket

Geoff Dyer dissolves genres and writes a blend of fiction, autobiography, travel writing, cultural criticism and literary theory, often laced with a sardonic and self-deprecating wit. His 14 books have won many awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Somerset Maugham Prize.

His subjects vary wildly, from an ode to critic John Berger to how the First World War is remembered, to a book about his failure to write a book about DH Lawrence. His “non-fiction” book about jazz imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the lives of the greats, his “novels’ often harbor essays and critiques, while his latest book White Sands blends travel writing with some fictitious aspects in his search for the most vivid of experiences. Geoff Dyer is “perhaps the most brilliantly original practitioner of his generation”, according to Jan Morris, and “a national treasure” (Zadie Smith). Come join him discuss his writing life and critically acclaimed books. Geoff will be joined in conversation with Sarah Waldram, a publisher, literary translator and editor.


Zhang Lijia, Evangeline Zhang, James Palmer, moderated by Robert Foyle Hunwick
Saturday, March 10, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW10-8 – Ticket

Despite its massive population and ubiquitous “hair salons,” sex remains a largely taboo subject in China. Even writing about it can prove sensitive for some, with women, in particular, risking backlash from prudish readers and conservative authorities simply for discussing their sex lives. In this lively panel, we examine why and how writers write about sex, and discuss issues surrounding sexuality in China, from harassment to homosexuality, polyamory to prostitution. Moderated by Robert Foyle Hunwick, author of the forthcoming book Red Sin Rising: Vice and Crime in the New China, in conversation with novelist Zhang Lijia, rapper-activist Evangeline Zhang and author James Palmer. In association with SupChina.


Saturday, March 10, 9.30 pm till midnight | 80 RMB | BW10-9 – Ticket

Nüvoices is a new initiative gathering veteran and emerging writers, journalists, translators and artists to highlight the diverse creative work of women working on the subject of China today. To celebrate the launch of the collective and International Women’s Day, we invite everyone to join us for a party at the Bookworm. Raffle draw and prizes for best historical or modern inspiring women costumes – so do prepare your best outfit for the night! Proceeds will go toward costs for an upcoming anthology.

Anthology submissions form and more information available at:

Sunday, 11 March


Xia Jia, Dan Goldman, Ma Boyong, in conversation with Brendan O’Kane
Sunday, March 11, 12 Noon | 60 RMB | BW11-12 – Ticket

How to tell stories that speak to and make some sense of modernity and the complex planet we live on? What voices, formats, genres, styles can best deliver the text and the subtext? This afternoon we gather three extremely versatile talents to discuss how they approach their craft. Xia Jia is a multi award-winning writer and filmmaker whose writing style blends and bends genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, romance and mythology. Dan Goldman is an award-winning writer, artist and narrative designer working in graphic novels, television, mixed-reality experiences and video games. He produces activist fictions like Priya’s Shakti that build empathy while delivering social messaging. And award-winning author Ma Boyong writes a range of genres including historical fiction, fantasy and mystery and is known for his humorous, often hilarious style. His books include Antique Game, The Doomsday Book and Goddess of Wind and Rain.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


夏笳,Dan Goldman,马伯庸
主持人 Brendan O’Kane

3月11日(星期日),中午12点 | 60 RMB | BW11-12

如何讲述那些具有一定现代感、与我们所居住的这颗复杂星球有关的故事?哪种声音,形式,流派,风格最能完美传达那些台词与潜台词?今天下午,我们有幸将三位非常多才多艺的创作者请到一起,共同探讨他们如何达成自己的作品。夏笳是一位屡获殊荣的作家及电影制作人,她的创作风格融合了科幻、奇幻、浪漫、神话等多种流派。Dan Goldman作为一位作家、艺术家以及情节设计师,其工作领域涉及漫画小说、电视剧、混合现实体验和电子游戏。他与非政府组织合作,通过多种媒体进行创作,以建立共鸣并呈现信息。他还为《绝命毒师》《行尸走肉》等电视剧设计了跨媒体体验——数字化,交互式的“第二屏幕体验”,并荣获多项艾美奖。屡获奖项的马伯庸作品涉猎广泛,包含历史小说、奇幻与悬疑小说,以奇谲幽默的风格著称。他的作品有《古董局中局》、《末日焚书》、《风雨<洛神赋>》等。



Xue Yiwei, Zheng Zaihuan, Sun Yisheng, moderated by Dave Haysom
Sunday, March 11, 2 pm | 60 RMB | BW11-2 – Ticket

Three talented Chinese novelists and short story writers will discuss their award-winning works and how they take China as both a setting and a character and position it in their prose. Xue Yiwei is the author of 20 books and his collection of short stories Shenzheners has been translated into English and French. Zheng Zaihuan is a writer and a musician who is known for his bleak but often hilarious writing style. He has recently released a short story collection that interweaves fiction and non-fiction entitled Heartbreaking Stories from Zhumadian, which is the name of the town in Henan where he was brought up. Sun Yisheng is a young, award-winning writer from Shandong whose first collection of short stories is called How Many Dragon-fields Does Your Family Own?

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.



主持人 Dave Hayson

3月11日(星期日),下午两点 | 60 RMB | BW11-2




Xiaogang Wei, Ying Xin, Luke Zhao, moderated by Valerie Kremer
Sunday, March 11, 4 pm | 60 RMB | BW11-4 – Ticket

While the LGBT community in China have gained some ground in recent years, sexual and gender minorities still have extremely low visibility in Chinese society. According to a recent UNDP survey only around 5% of them choose to disclose their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression at school, in the workplace, or in the religious communities. More are choosing to come out to their close family members, but still no more than 15% have the courage to do so. And, the survey said, over half of sexual and gender minority people report having been unfairly treated or discriminated. To deflect social pressures, the phenomenon of gay men and lesbians “dating” and marrying in what’s known as “lavender” marriages of convenience appears to be becoming more prevalent. In this discussion, Xiaogang Wei from Beijing Gender, and Ying Xin (Xiao Tie) from the Beijing LGBT Center, and Luke Zhao from GaySpot magazine will discuss recent issues and developments in the LGBT field and assess the road ahead. Event moderated by Valerie Kremer from MSB.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Xiaogang Wei, Ying Xin, Luke Zhao
主持人 Valerie Kremer

3月11日(星期日),下午四点 | 60 RMB | BW11-4

尽管近年来中国的 LGBT 群体取得了一些进展,但性少数人群在中国社会的受重视程度依然极低。据联合国开发计划署最近的一项调查显示,只有大约5%的人会选择在学校、单位或宗教团体中公开自己的性取向、性别认同或性别表达。相较而言,更多的人会选择向他们的家人公开,但其百分比仍不超过15%。此外,该调查还显示,超过半数的性向及性别少数者曾受到不公平待遇或歧视。为了转移社会压力,男同性恋者与女同性恋者进行“约会”,步入形式婚姻等现象也似乎越来越普遍。在本次的讨论会中,北京性别研究机构的 Xiaogang Wei,北京 LGBT 中心的 Ying Xin (Xiao Tie) 以及 GaySpot 杂志的 Luke Zhao 将会一同探讨LGBT领域的最新问题及进展,并对未来的发展道路进行评估。



Megha Rajagopalan, Sui-Lee Wee, John Sudworth, moderated by Emily Rauhala
Sunday, March 11, 6pm | 80 RMB | BW11-6 – Ticket

A medley of China correspondents will gather to discuss their latest experiences, the ups and downs, and the trials and tribulations of Committing Journalism in the Middle Kingdom. Emily Rauhala (Washington Post) will moderate the discussion, bringing together correspondents Megha Rajagopalan (BuzzFeed News), Sui-Lee Wee (The New York Times) and John Sudworth (BBC). In association with the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC).


Sunday, March 11, 8 pm | 150/180 RMB | BW11-8 – Ticket

With a long list of notable accomplishments as an actor, writer and comic, Kyle Grooms has proven to be one of the industry’s must-see comics on the scene. He has a uniqueness all of his own and delivers an honest and intelligent view of the world, while giving an intimate look into his life experiences growing up in the American melting pot. Throughout his career, he has appeared in his own hysterical half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, while also making multiple appearances on VH1, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and famed “Chappelle’s Show.” Among his many accomplishments, his first comedy CD, The Legend of the Jersey Devil, was named one of iTunes’ Top 100 Comedy CD’s of 2009.

Monday, 12 March



Geoff Dyer, Kong Yalei, moderated by Dave Haysom
Monday, March 12, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW12-6 – Ticket

Kong Yalei, an award-winning novelist and short story writer, has also translated many books into Chinese, including Geoff Dyer’s But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz. Some of Kong Yalei’s work has also been translated, into English, Dutch, and other languages. Geoff and Yalei will discuss the experience of having their work rendered in different languages, the translation process itself, and challenges encountered along the way. As Geoff’s work is known as genre-smashing and often beyond typical categorization, they will also talk about the reactions that various titles received when they came into the hands of Chinese readers. In conversation with Dave Haysom, a writer, literary translator, and Managing Editor of Pathlight.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.



Geoff Dyer,孔亚雷,主持人Dave Haysom

3月12日(星期一),晚六点 | 60 RMB | BW12-6

孔亚雷是一位屡获殊荣的小说家和短篇小说作家。他也将许多外国作品翻译成中文,其中就包括杰夫·戴尔的《然而,很美:爵士乐之书》。孔亚雷自己的一些作品也被翻译成英语、荷兰语及其他语言。杰夫将和孔亚雷一起分享他们的经历——他们的作品在不同语言下如何呈现,翻译过程本身,与遇到的挑战。另外,由于杰夫的作品往往天马行空,超出了典型的分类,他们还会聊聊中国读者对这些作品的看法。作家、文学翻译家以及《人民文学》英文版(Pathlight)主编Dave Haysom也将加入谈话。




Dan Goldman, in conversation with Nancy Li
Monday, March 12, 8pm | 60 RMB | BW12-8 – Ticket

Considering narratives across platforms, Dan Goldman will discuss how technology influences story in this ever-evolving digital age. Across novels, comics, interactive fiction, games and virtual reality what changes and what remains the same? Dan Goldman is a writer, artist and narrative designer working in graphic novels, television, mixed-reality experiences and videogames. His new series Red Light Properties, which mashes up ghost stories, real estate and urban shamanism, mutated across digital formats for four years before its print debut. Founder of the Kinjin Story Lab in Los Angeles, he partners with NGOs to produce activist fictions in a variety of media designed to build empathy wherever their messages are needed most. He writes comics and videogames, draws for comics and magazines, and designs transmedia experiences for shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

Tuesday, 13 March


Charles Hutzler, Lucy Hornby, Zhu Ning
Tuesday, March 13, 1 pm | 60 RMB | BW13-1 – Ticket

China’s economic expansion is predicted to slow to 6.5 percent this year, the slowest pace since 1990, as policymakers look to switch from high-speed to high-quality growth. While the growth would still be the envy of most nations, debt currently stands at US$30 trillion, about 259 percent of GDP, and that percentage is expected to rise to 327 percent by 2020. The leaders say they are currently fighting three critical battles: A crackdown on domestic debt risk, alleviating poverty, and getting on top of pollution, all of which will impact growth to some extent in the coming years. Accurate analysis is complicated by the fact that fudged numbers and creative accounting still rear their heads, now and then. Add to the mix a simmering trade dispute with the US, the prospect of higher interest rates, and a noisy and occasionally anti-social neighbor in North Korea, and the road ahead seems far from smooth. To discuss these issues and potential scenarios moving forward, join Charles Hutzler (Wall Street Journal), Lucy Hornby (Financial Times), and Zhu Ning, author of China’s Guaranteed Bubble.


A book launch with Harvey Thomlinson

moderated by Jeremiah Jenne

Tuesday, March 13, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW13-6 – Ticket

Harvey Thomlinson will present his novel The Strike about an illegal protest in a frozen border town. Harvey will share his experience of living undercover on a factory estate in northeast China during the real-life strike that inspired the book, and talk about the limits of literary realism and the experimental language used in the book. The Strike explores a crisis in the lives of Old Yu and Little Xu, two outcasts caught up in the trouble which explodes over the sale of the local electricity plant. Harvey is also known as a translator and publisher of fiction by Chinese writers like Murong Xuecun and Chen Xiwo. He will discuss the current publishing environment and running his Hong Kong press, Make-Do Publishing.


Jess Meider, David Moser, moderated by Anthony Tao
Tuesday, March 13, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW13-8 – Ticket

The Sinica Podcast returns to the city where it all began with this live show. We’re going to take a deep dive into jazz, which first came to China in the 1920s as part of Shanghai’s vibrant international nightlife, but disappeared in the fog of war and revolution in the following decades, returning with the wave of foreign cultural imports brought by Deng Xiaoping’s Reform and Opening Up. As with many foreign art forms, jazz has had a fascinating evolution in China, as aspiring players slowly absorbed the art of “swing” and improvisation, in the process attracting increasingly hip young audiences. Join host Anthony Tao (Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn send their regards from the U.S.) as he talks to Jess Meider, one of China’s best jazz vocalists, having spent 20 years gracing stages, festivals and music venues all over the country, and David Moser, an academic and author who has played jazz piano in numerous groups and Beijing venues over the past 25 years. The discussion will explore topics such as the first Chinese jazz players, the early jazz venues, the participation of rock stars such as Cui Jian, who was heavily influenced by the form, the rise of astounding new Chinese jazz prodigies, and the search for a “jazz with Chinese characteristics.” In association with SupChina.


Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 pm | 50 RMB | CC-13-6 – Ticket

NOTE: This event is in The Crossroads Centre

Are you an aspiring artist who is interested in addressing social issues through your work? Then join the China Women’s Film Festival and the Bookworm for a discussion with writer, artist, and producer of critically acclaimed works, Dan Goldman. Dan will explore his artistic trajectory from childhood to recent impact-driven works like Priya’s Shakti, a comic book that highlights the prevalence of gender-based sexual violence in India. Audience members will gain insight into Dan’s illustration process, more specifically, how he was able to incorporate aspects of Indian culture into the comic to make it more accessible to an Indian audience. In addition, Dan will discuss the effectiveness of using graphic novels as a medium to raise public awareness about social issues, which are often overlooked in the comic book world. As an artist, writer, or general comic enthusiast, learn how to harness your creative abilities to call attention to injustices that you see in your communities! This event also celebrates the launch of Priya’s Shakti in Chinese! Come be the first one to own a translated version of this award-winning comic book.

Location: The Crossroads Centre, 18 Dashiqiao Hutong, Jiugulou Dongdajie, Xicheng District, Beijing

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Wednesday, 14 March


A book talk with John Shors, in discussion with Jeremiah Jenne
Wednesday, March 14, 1 pm | 50 RMB | BW14-1 – Ticket

John Shors has written seven historical fiction novels that span the globe and have been translated into twenty-six languages. He is described by Amy Tan as a “master storyteller”, and he says his goal as a novelist is “to vividly bring distant cultures and places to life. My passion for such settings is the catalyst for how I write, and what I write about.” In his latest historical fiction novel Unbound, John recreates an ancient and celebrated Chinese legend about a pair of young lovers separated by war and the Great Wall in 1548. As two armies gather at the Great Wall, the fates of the lovers collide with a Mongol horseman seeking redemption, a Chinese concubine fighting injustice, and a ruthless general determined to destroy them all. Come join him as he discusses his latest book Unbound and his writing career.


Dan Goldman, Nie Jun, Wang Shuo
Wednesday, March 14, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW14-6 – Ticket

While print book sales have been struggling in recent years since the advent of e-books, graphic novels have been booming. A recent report on the US market said that the novel-in-comic-strip format has surpassed $1 billion in annual sales, with top sellers moving up to 150,000 units a week. The sector cultivates a loyal fan base, and in the educational field the medium is valued as an important tool to build literacy levels in an increasingly visual culture. To discuss the gaining popularity of “pictorial literature”, and their own work in the field, we will be joined by three leading graphic novelists. Dan Goldman is the Eisner-nominated creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels like Shooting War and the Priya’s Shakti series. His series Red Light Properties mashes up ghost stories, real estate and urban shamanism, and mutated across digital formats for four years before its print debut. Nie Jun is a graphic novelist who has won numerous awards and enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad. His acclaimed works include Me Street, Sunflower Boy, Sakura Boy and A Fairy Tale in the Old Streets, and his work has been translated into French, Italian, English and Japanese, among other languages. Wang Shuo is a cartoonist and a comic critic and he was the first in China to academically study indie comics. In 2017 he published Mr Door.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Dan Goldman,聂峻,王烁
3月14日(星期三),晚六点 | 60 RMB | BW14-6

近年来,随着电子书的问世,纸质图书的销售一直在苦苦挣扎,而漫画小说却一路蓬勃发展。最近的一份关于美国市场的报告称,这类漫画小说的年销售额超过了10亿美元,同时畅销书的周销售量也上升至15万部。该创作形式拥有忠实的粉丝基础,而在教育领域中,该媒介也被认为是在愈加视觉化的文化中培养读写能力的重要工具。我们邀请到三位杰出的漫画家,来共同探讨“图像文学”的兴盛,以及他们自己在这一领域的作品。Dan Goldman曾获Eisner提名,他创作的漫画小说Shooting War和Priya’s Shakti系列广受好评。在Red Light Properties系列中,他将鬼故事、房地产以及城市萨满主义糅合在了一起,而这部作品在其印刷出版首次亮相之前,曾历经四年电子形式的变迁。 聂峻是一位揽获众多奖项的漫画家,在国内外都享有很高的声誉,其作品被翻译为多国语言出版,代表作有《我街》、《向日葵男孩》、《樱花男孩》、《老街的童话》等。王烁是一位漫画家、漫画评论者、国内第一个研究独立漫画的人。2017年出版《门先生》。



Murong, Pema Tseden, Mitchell Farkas, moderated by Jessica Yeung
Wednesday, March 14, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW14-8 – Ticket

Film adaptations will be in the spotlight tonight as we examine how China’s history and culture provides a rich source of inspiration for film-makers. Murong will discuss the recent adaption of Happiness is Murder, which he adapted from a novel by Chen Xiwo, as part of a new Hong Kong-China joint venture established to create film adaptations of Chinese literature and bring China’s stories to a global audience. He will talk about the challenges of screenplay writing, literary adaptation and the experience of having his own novels filmed. The discussion will be moderated by Jessica Yeung, a Hong Kong-based actress and film academic, and Murong will be joined by Pema Tseden, acclaimed Tibetan director, and documentary-maker Mitchell Farkas, who will discuss the potential of the market, and consider how to tell stories that audiences from diverse backgrounds identify with.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


慕容雪村,Pema Tseden,Mitchell Farkas,主持人 Jessica Yeung

3月14日(星期三),晚八点 | 60 RMB | BW14-8

改编电影将成为今晚的焦点,我们将探查中国的历史和文化如何为电影制作人提供了丰富的灵感来源。慕容雪村将会和我们一同讨论他由陈希我的小说改编的最新作品Happiness is Murder。该项目属于一家新成立的中港合资企业,旨在对中国文学作品进行电影改编,将中国的故事带给全球观众。他将分享剧本写作、文学改编中的挑战,以及他将自己的小说拍摄为电影的经历。讨论由香港演员、电影人Jessica Yeung主持,慕容将与来自电影、电视和文学领域的业内专家们一起讨论市场的潜力,以及要获得不同文化背景观众的认同与共鸣,故事应如何讲述。


Thursday, 15 March


Shengnian Xu, Noah Lerner, Dr Chai Qimin, Sophie Lu
Thursday, March 15, 1 pm | 60 RMB | BW15-1 – 

Chinese authorities have issued multiple directives recently to indicate they are now taking the war on pollution extremely seriously. Policies that replaced coal with gas for residential and industrial use, and closing illegal or outdated coal mines, steel mills and aluminum smelters played a key part in the recent drop in pollution levels in the Beijing area. These initiatives left some homes without heat and temporarily slowed factory output, but these issues should be rectifiable as the coal-to-gas campaign gains momentum. The question remains, however – both domestically, and with large-scale international development projects like the Belt and Road initiative – will these measures be enough? What else could and should be done? And will China become the global leader that drives forward the Paris Climate Accord and other key international environmental agreements? To discuss these and other related matters, we are joined by Dr. Shengnian Xu, GEI Energy and Climate Change Program Officer; Dr. Chai Qimin, Director of the International Cooperation Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy, National Development and Reform Commission; Sophie Lu, the head of China Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance; and Noah Lerner who runs Beijing Energy Network’s podcast on China’s environmental affairs.


A book talk with Chen Xiwo, moderated by Harvey Thomlinson
Thursday, March 15, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW15-6 – Ticket

Join us as we welcome author and Fujian Normal University literature professor Chen Xiwo to discuss his award-winning English language debut, The Book of Sins. The Book of Sins is a journey to the dark side of the psyche. Seven novellas probe the relationship between sexual and political dysfunction and corruption, using topics like rape, incest, S&M, impotence, and voyeurism as metaphors for the decay of society. In I Love My Mum, a disabled man who is in an incestuous relationship with his mother, at her demand and using a whip she provides, beats her to death. In Bin Laden’s Kidney, a resident of an exclusive gated community indulges in voyeuristic fantasies about the sex life of his neighbours. In Going To Heaven, the young son of a village undertaker tries to convince his friend to enter a suicide pact. Equal parts terrifying and addictive, this fluent English translation by Nicky Harman has brought a major writer and voice to wider prominence.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


陈希我书谈,主持人Harvey Thomlinson

3月15日(星期四),晚六点 | 60 RMB | BW15-6

我们有幸邀请到福建师范大学文学教授、作家陈希我,讨论他的获奖英文处女作 The Book of Sins。本书是一段通往心灵黑暗面的旅程。七则中篇小说探查了性爱与政治失衡及腐败的关系,通过诸如强奸、乱伦、性虐、性功能障碍、偷窥癖等话题隐喻社会的衰败。在 I Love My Mum 一篇中,一个残疾的男人与自己的母亲有着一段不健康的关系,在她的要求下,用她提供的鞭子,将她鞭打致死。在 Bin Laden’s Kidney 中,一个居于封闭社区的居民,沉迷于偷窥邻居的性生活的幻想之中。Going To Heaven 一篇中,一个乡村殡葬师的小儿子试图说服他的朋友加入自杀协议。该作品令人头皮发麻的同时,也同样令人上瘾,Nicky Harman 流畅自如的英文翻译使作者与其风格更为鲜明。



Shirley Hon,  Li Shuangfu, Justin Downes, moderated by Mark Dreyer
Thursday, March 15, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW15-8 – Ticket

With the 2018 Winter Olympics over and the Paralympics wrapping up, too, the winter sports world now turns its focus to Beijing ahead of 2022. But what are the main challenges facing the traditional Summer Games power, in terms of infrastructure, logistics and marketing? How on earth does China plan to get 30 million people involved in winter sports, let alone the 300 million number that’s often circulated? What needs to be done to achieve these aims, and how can other countries, sports federations and multinational companies actively get involved? More broadly, how do winter sports fit into China’s push to make its sports industry the biggest in the world – and what are the main obstacles it faces along that road to potential riches? Join a stellar lineup of sports industry experts – Shirley Hon, who is the Director of International Affairs, Kunlun Red Stars, Li Shuangfu, who is the co-founder of Lanxiong Sports, Justin Downes who is President of Axis Leisure Management and moderator Mark Dreyer, who writes the China Sports Column for SupChina – who will discuss these questions and more. In association with SupChina.

Friday, 16 March


In conversation with Becky Davis
Friday, March 16, 6pm | 60 RMB |BW16-6 – Ticket

Sim Chi Yin was commissioned as last year’s Nobel Peace Prize photographer to make an exhibition on the 2017 Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She travelled 6,000 kilometers along the China-North Korea border and through six states in United States, to create a series of diptychs reflecting on humans’ experience with nuclear weapons, past and present. As an artist, she is particularly interested in history, memory, and migration and its consequences, working in photography, film, sound, text and archival material. Join her at this event as she discusses the Fallout/Nobel project and some other aspects of her award-winning creative work. Sim Chi Yin will be in conversation with Becky Davis, Beijing correspondent for Agence-France Presse.


Friday, March 16, 8pm | 60 RMB | BW16-8 – Ticket

Over the course of seven novels, Richard Flanagan has ranged from stories of intense personal meaning to subjects of burning social and historical significance. In The Narrow Road to the Deep North the author combined these two elements into a potent organic whole that won the 2014 Man Booker Prize. His work continually fuses, in different configurations, story in its many guises: Tasmanian history, personal recollection, deliberate myth-making and, in his formal experimentation and ever-changing voice, the story and history of the novel itself. Tonight he speaks on the nature of an author’s relationship to material, and the dissolution of the self within story. 

Saturday, 17 March


Fiona Wright, Liu Li Duo

Saturday, March 17, 12 Noon | 60 RMB | BW17-12 – Ticket

“The world seems to shrink, just as the body does, and by doing so it seems to come back under our command.” Fiona Wright’s most recent collection of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance, details her experience with an eating disorder – her attempt, through the exercise of hunger and reduction of the physical self, to regain some measure of control over the world. Wright is also an accomplished poet, and she is joined tonight by Liu Liduo, a young Chinese poet and writer whose most recent book is a collection of more than seventy short-shorts on love and the city. In today’s event they discuss the appeal of short form – the exercise and abandonment of control, the fascination with detail, and the beauty of the self-contained miniature.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Fiona Wright,刘丽朵

3月17日(星期六),中午十二点 | 60 RMB | BW17-12

『恰在身体变小时,世界也像变小了,由此,我们好像得回对它的控制。』Fiona Wright近期的散文集《小小的消失》,详细描述了她的饮食失调经历——她尝试通过对饥饿的掌控、对肉体的弱化,重新得回某种对世界的控制。Wright还是一位出色的诗人,今晚她与一位年轻的中国诗人、作家刘丽朵同台。刘丽朵的最新小说集《深情史》,书写了七十多则有关爱情的短小故事。今天的活动中,她们将讨论简短形式的魅力——对于控制的练习与放弃,对细节的迷恋,和自成一体的微小事物之美。



Alexis Wright 
Saturday, March 17, 2pm | 60 RMB | BW17-2 – Ticket

The Aboriginal people of Australia maintain the world’s most ancient storytelling tradition: tales which serve simultaneously as origin myths, collective memories, geographical schematics, and social strictures. Alexis Wright, renowned novelist and Australia’s foremost voice on Aboriginal history and rights, has recently taken a new position at the University of Melbourne to research and document these “story laws”. In this event she introduces the nature of the Aboriginal stories, and explains their seminal influence on her own work, including Carpentaria (2006), which tells the story of Desperance, a fictional town in northwest Queensland; The Swan Book (2013), a magical-realist fable of environmental and social collapse; and Tracker, a collective memoir of an influential Aboriginal leader, recently nominated for the Stella Prize.


Scot Slaby, Jennifer Fossenbell, Marcel Gauthier, Stephanie Anderson, moderated by Kassy Lee
Saturday, March 17, 4pm | 60 RMB | BW17-4 – Ticket

Join four international poets for readings from their work and for a discussion of ways in which they sustain their writing lives overseas. Writers include, Scot Slaby, a poet and educator whose most recent collection is Bugs Us All; Jennifer Fossenbell, whose work has appeared in publications such Posit, Spittoon Literary Journal, Yes Poetry, and Gigantic Sequins; Marcel Gauthier, who has published poetry in a variety of journals, most recently the Spoon River Review, the Louisville Review, and The Southeast Review; and Stephanie Anderson, the author of several collections including In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments and Lands of Yield. Moderated by Kassy Lee.


Ifor ap Glyn, Dai Weina, Ronna Bloom, Poornima Weerasekara
Saturday, March 17, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW17-6 – Ticket

For this special event we are honoured to gather together three wonderful poets from Wales, China and Canada for a reading and discussion. Ifor ap Glyn is currently the National Poet of Wales, Dai Weina is a young award-winning Chinese poet and translator, and Ronna Bloom is the Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence at a Canadian hospital. The poets will read some of their own work, discuss their writing lives, their collaborative projects, and the positive role that poetry can play in contemporary society. Introduced by Poornima Weerasekara.


The Upducky Band and Damhsa
Saturday, March 17, 8 pm

Free Admission – Ticket

All the way from Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day – please welcome The Upducky Band & Damhsa! The Upducky Band is an Irish and contemporary folk group from the border counties of Louth and Armagh that have been touring the world for over 10 years. The show will also feature 2 dancers from Damhsa, who are experts in the field of Irish dance and produce and direct high-end shows in Ireland and across Europe. Brought to you with the kind support of the Embassy of Ireland, Beijing



The Upducky 乐队 是一个来自爱尔兰的民谣乐队,他们曾在世界做过超过10年的巡演。



Sunday, 18 March


Marcel Gauthier, Scot Slaby, Chen Bo, Ronna Bloom, moderated by Simon Shieh,  
Sunday, March 18, 12 Noon | 60 RMB | BW18-12 – Ticket 

How can we infuse more poetry education into our schools? How can we nurture more poetry readers and writers? Join Shanghai American School’s Head of School and poet Marcel Gauthier; Shanghai American School English teacher and poet Scot Slaby; Chen Bo, Co-Director of InkBeat Arts and the Managing Editor of Spittoon Literary Magazine; Ronna Bloom, a Canadian writer, psychotherapist, teacher, and author of six books of poetry; and International School of Beijing Writer-in-Residence and Spittoon Literary Magazine, Beijing Youth Literary Review Editor-in-Chief Simon Shieh for a panel discussion about the ways in which writers and educators can nurture the creative and the academic simultaneously.


Sylvain Neuvel, Zhang Tianyi and Fei Dao, moderated by Olga Alimova
Sunday, March 18, 2pm | 60 RMB | BW18-2 – Ticket 

Gathering for this session are three leading literary lights from Canada and China who create fantastical arenas readers love to inhabit. Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants, the first book in the science fiction trilogy the Themis Files, revolves around a secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens. The sequel is Waking Gods and the third book in the trilogy is called Only HumanBlack Mirror creator Charlie Brooker recently invited Sylvain to be one of three writers who will create all-new Black Mirror stories in book format. Zhang Tianyi has to date published two essay collections and three story collections, and some of her works have been made into movies. Her most recent short story collection is Love for People with Sexual Blindness. Fei Dao, an associate professor in Tsinghua University’s Chinese department, is an acclaimed science-fiction writer and literary critic whose works have been translated into English, Italian, German, Japanese, and other languages. This event will be moderated by Olga Alimova who manages the Beijing Science Fiction Club.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Sylvain Neuvel, 张天翼,飞氘
主持人 Olga Alimova

3月18日(星期日),下午两点 | 60 RMB | BW18-2

本场讨论我们邀请到来自加拿大和中国的三位杰出的文学之星,他们创造了无数读者热爱的梦幻舞台。Sylvain Neuvel 的《沉睡的巨物》是科幻小说三部曲 the Themis Files 中的第一部,全文围绕着一个秘密项目,将被外星人埋葬在世界各地的巨人遗骸的残肢集合在一处。续篇 Waking Gods,第三部则名为 Only Human。《黑镜》的创作者 Charlie Brooker 近期邀请 Sylvain 加入了由三位作家组成的团队,他们将以图书的形式共同创作全新的《黑镜》。张天翼至今已出版两部散文集和三部短篇小说集,其中一些作品已被拍成电影。她的最新一部幻想小说集为《性盲症患者的爱情》。清华大学中文系助理教授飞氘是一位出色的科幻作家,他的作品已被译为英文、意大利文、德文、日文等。




Sunday, March 18, 4pm | 60 RMB | BW18-4 – Ticket

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House. The Couple Next Door was a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller and the biggest selling adult fiction title in the UK in 2017. It was a New York Times Bestseller and the #1 bestselling fiction title in Canada in 2016. It has been sold in 35 territories around the world and has been optioned for film. A Stranger in the House was also a Sunday Times Bestseller and a New York Times Bestseller and has been sold in 25 territories so far. Shari lives in Toronto with her family. Her next thriller, An Unwanted Guest, will be out in the summer of 2018.


Victor Mallet, moderated by Simon Denyer
Sunday, March 18, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW18-6 – Ticket 

India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges in turn is killing India. The waterway that has nourished more people than any on earth for three millennia is now so polluted with sewage and toxic waste that it has become a menace to human and animal health. In River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth, and from ancient times to the present day, to find that the battle to rescue what is arguably the world’s most important river is far from lost. Victor delves into the religious, historical, and biological mysteries of the Ganges, and explains how Hindus can simultaneously revere and abuse their national river. Can they succeed in saving the river from catastrophe — or is it too late? Join Victor, in conversation with Simon Denyer, Washington Post Beijing Bureau Chief and author of Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India’s Unruly Democracy.


Brendan O’Kane, moderated by David Moser
Sunday, March 18, 8pm |60 RMB | BW18-8 – Ticket

The novel Jin Ping Mei (金瓶梅, translated as The Plum in the Golden Vase or The Golden Lotus) is best known as a work of pornography, and has been officially banned in China for most of its history. No less a luminary than Lu Xun praised it as a scathing work of social commentary; its early readers ranked it among the “Four Masterworks” of Ming fiction, and the 17th century critic Zhang Zhupo lamented that the book’s reputation for obscenity came from readers who paid attention only to the obscene parts. Brendan O’Kane will discuss the world in which Jin Ping Mei was written, its literary aftershocks, and what the novel’s English translator David Roy has called its “uncompromising moral vision.” Moderated by David Moser. In association with SupChina.

Monday, 19 March


Shari Lapena, Ronna Bloom, Sylvain Neuvel
Monday, March 19, 6pm | 60 RMB | BW19-6 – Ticket 

Three unique voices from Canada will read from their very diverse work and discuss their respective and divergent literary paths. Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House. The Couple Next Door was a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller and the biggest selling adult fiction title in the UK in 2017. It was a New York Times Bestseller and the #1 bestselling fiction title in Canada in 2016. Ronna Bloom is a writer, psychotherapist, teacher, and author of six books of poetry, most recently The More. Ronna is currently the Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital and in the Sinai Health System. In these roles she offers students, health care professionals, patients, and visitors opportunities to articulate their experiences through reflective writing and poetry. Sylvain Neuvel is the author of the science fiction trilogy the Themis Files. Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker recently invited Sylvain to be one of three writers who will create all-new Black Mirror stories in book format.



Nicholas Bonner, in conversation with Tomasz Sajewicz
Monday, March 19, 8pm |60 RMB | BW19-8 – Ticket 

During his 25 years of travelling to the DPRK, Nicholas Bonner has amassed one of the world’s largest collections of beautiful and quirky items of North Korean graphic design. These items – from stamps and postcards, to food labels, luggage tags, and cigarette packs – have now been curated for presentation in a unique single-volume book, Made in North Korea, published by Phaidon, alongside a number of informative and insightful essays penned by Nick. The book uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea, while providing new understanding into the country and its aesthetics. Nick will talk about his experiences collecting these unusual North Korean graphics, share his observations about the country’s visual culture, and answer any questions you may have — whether they be about the book, its genesis, his engagement projects, or what it’s like to have spent 25 years regularly travelling to the world’s most isolated country. Nick will be in conversation with Tomasz Sajewicz, Asia Correspondent for Polish Public Radio.

Tuesday, 20 March


Han Ying, Zhu Wei, Ma Xiaoming, moderated by Josh Chin
Tuesday, March 20, 1 pm | 60 RMB | BW20-1 – Ticket 

Ambitious Chinese government plans call for the harnessing of data to supercharge everything from online shopping to public security. What does Beijing’s vision of a data-driven future mean for the privacy of the country’s 730 million internet users? In this panel, Ying Han from the United States Information Technology Office; Ma Xiaoming, a legal expert from Sohu; and Zhu Wei, a legal scholar who advises the Chinese government on internet policy, join moderator Josh Chin (Wall Street Journal) to discuss how China’s approach to personal data compares with the U.S. and elsewhere, and its implications for Chinese citizens, tech companies and the future of internet culture here.


Glenn Diaz, Wang Yan, Li Hongwei, moderated by Deva Eveland
Tuesday, March 20, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW20-6 – Ticket 

In this discussion, we bring together award-winning writers from the Philippines and China to talk about how they craft their writing and produce stories that are local yet readily resonate in other cultures and countries. Glenn Diaz is the author of The Quiet Ones which won the Philippines’ Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel in 2017. The book – a grimly humorous take on a soul-sapping, multi-billion-dollar industry – is set in a call centre in the Philippines where some employees hatch a plan to embezzle money from the American telecom giant they man the phone for. Wang Yan first built up a big following online and has also won awards for his screenwriting. His latest short story collection is Cut Silent, which includes six short stories, featuring six ordinary people leading six unorthodox lives. Li Hongwei – a poet, translator and writer – was awarded the Asia Weekly Top 10 Chinese Novels last year for his book The King and the Lyrics.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


Glenn Diaz,王掩,李宏伟

主持人 Deva Eveland

3月20日(星期二),晚六点 | 60 RMB | BW20-6

在本次座谈中,来自菲律宾和中国的获奖作家们将齐聚一堂,交流分享他们的写作方式——他们如何根据本土题材创作,并使这些故事在其他文化和国家中也容易引起共鸣。Glenn Diaz 的小说 The Quiet Ones 于 2017 年荣获 Philippines’ Palanca 小说大奖。这部冷幽默作品发生在一个足以吞噬灵魂的价值数十亿美元的行业,菲律宾的一个电话中心里,几个雇员谋划从他们为之工作的美国电信业巨头处挪用资金。王掩最初在网络中建立有粉丝基础,作为编剧曾荣获奖项,他最新出版有短篇小说集《切莫声张》,收录六则中篇小说,讲述六个平凡人并不平淡的生活。诗人、译者与作家李宏伟去年出版长篇小说《国王与抒情诗》,获《亚洲周刊》2017 年全球华人十大小说榜首。




Moderated by Tom Clifford
Tuesday, March 20, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW20-8 – Ticket 

In Sara Baume’s multi award-winning debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, a 57-year-old misfit, who is “too old for starting over, too young for giving up” takes in a one-eyed, vicious dog that no one else would take. As the seasons pass their relationship grows and as their life is thrown into turmoil a profound story of loss, loneliness and friendship emerges in what was hailed as “a stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness.” In Sara’s latest novel, A Line Made by Walking, a young artist retreats to a rural bungalow as she tries to regain her footing in art and life. Finding little comfort in human interaction, she turns her camera lens on the natural world and its reassuring cycle of life and death. What emerges is a profound meditation on the interconnectedness of wilderness, art and individual experience, and a powerful exploration of human frailty. A visual artist and writer from the south west coast of Ireland, Sara Baume “is a writer of outstanding grace and style. She writes beyond the time we live in,” according to National Book Award winner Colum McCann. Sara will be in conversation with Tom Clifford, a Senior Editor with China Daily.

Wednesday, 21 March


Peter Conradi , moderated by Tomasz Sajewicz
Wednesday, March 21, 6 pm | 80 RMB | BW21-6 – Ticket

The collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991 appeared to usher in a remarkable new era of peace and co-operation between Moscow and the West. This, we were told, was the end of history: after decades of struggle, the entire world would embrace enlightenment values and liberal democracy. Reality has proved very different, with each US president leaving relations with Russia in a worse state than he found them. Donald Trump, a self-confessed fan of Vladimir Putin, seemed determined to find a way of breaking out of this dead end. Yet, perversely, his arrival in the White House – and the role the Kremlin is accused of playing in facilitating it – has added yet another complication. Sunday Times foreign editor Peter Conradi witnessed the end of the Cold War from Moscow. In this event he will discuss his new book, where he charts the ups and – mostly – downs of Russia’s relations with the West in the years since, from Boris Yeltsin’s “time of troubles” to the growing authoritarianism of the Putin era. Peter will be in conversation with Tomasz Sajewicz, Asia Correspondent for Polish Public Radio.


Paul French, James McGregor, Jim Stent, with Melinda Liu
Wednesday, March 21, 8 pm |80 RMB | BW21-8 – Ticket 

Beijing or Shanghai? Come hear prominent authors — all veteran China hands — debate which city is hot and which is not, and why, as China grabs the spotlight on the global stage. It’s an age-old question, but we face new circumstances – politics, economic policies, tech development, even pollution patterns are changing. And with them the balance between these mega cities. To debate this thorny issue, join Paul French (City of Devils), James McGregor (No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers), and Jim Stent (China’s Banking Transformation), with Newsweek‘s Melinda Liu (moderator). In association with the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing.

Thursday, 22 March



Moderated by Andy Killeen
Thursday, March 22, 1 pm | 60 RMB | BW22-1 – Ticket 

British author and journalist Peter Conradi is a prolific writer who has produced several highly acclaimed non-fiction titles. In 2010 he co-wrote with Mark Logue the best-selling book The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, which tells the story of the friendship between King George VI and his Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, that inspired the multi Oscar-winning film. Peter and Mark Logue are currently working on a sequel, The King’s War, to be published this Autumn. He is also the author of The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia’s Most Brutal Serial Killer (about Andrei Chikatilo); Mad Vlad: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the New Russian Nationalism (about Vladimir Zhirinovsky), Hitler’s Piano Player (about Ernst Hanfstaengl a.k.a. Putzi), and The Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made it into the Twenty-First Century, amongst other titles. Come join Peter Conradi for this wide-ranging event as he discusses his writing career and how he approaches his topics of choice. In conversation with Andy Killeen.


Xu Xi, Sara Baume, Glenn Diaz, moderated by Matt Byrne
Thursday, March 22, 6pm | 60 RMB | BW22-6 – Ticket 

To truly transport a reader, a setting must be so much more than a backdrop. How can writers impart a location with emotion and immerse readers in a vivid and memorable scene, one that speaks to the characters and drives the narrative? Three acclaimed novelists – Xu Xi (That Man in Our Lives), Sara Baume (Spill Simmer Falter Wither) and Glenn Diaz (The Quiet Ones) – will join the panel today to discuss the complex role of place in fiction and how they develop that sense in their own work.


Paul French, moderated by Alec Ash
Thursday, March 22, 8 pm | 60 RMB | BW22-8 – Ticket 

It’s time to go back and explore Shanghai’s Badlands…

Immerse yourself in 1940’s Shanghai with this astonishing story of two men whose lives intertwine in crime and twisted friendship. In a city under siege Viennese Joe Farren rose to fame by cashing in on Shanghai’s desperate pleasure seeking. King of the chorus lines, his name was splashed in neon across the infamous Badlands nightclub ‘Farren’s’. American fugitive Jack Riley, his fingertips acid-burnt found a future in Shanghai as ‘The Slots King’. ‘Dapper Joe’ and ‘Lucky Jack’ collided, clashed and came together again in a frantic struggle to survive the city’s last days. In City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir Paul French resurrects the denizens of old Shanghai’s ganglands, the drug-running, the gambling, and the graft, vividly restoring this long-overlooked side of the city’s history. In conversation with Alec Ash, author of Wish Lanterns.

Friday, 23 March


Paul French, Xu Xi, Roseann Lake, Nancy Pellegrini
moderated by James McGregor
Friday, March 23, 8pm | 60 RMB | BW23-8 – Ticket 

In this talk, four very different writers will discuss their experiences and the challenges they faced writing China-related non-fiction books: Paul French (Midnight in Peking and City of Devils), Xu Xi (a memoir Dear Hong Kong and essay collections such as Evanescent Isles), Roseann Lake (Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the Next Superpower) and Nancy Pellegrini (The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare its Own). The writers will talk about what drew them to the stories and topics they chose, how they approached the research and writing process, and what difficulties they met en route.  In discussion with James McGregor, author of No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China.

Saturday, 24 March


Sheng Keyi, Kaitlin Solimine, Hou Lei
moderated by Bradford Philen
Saturday, March 24, 2 pm | 60 RMB | BW24-2 – Ticket 

Three cutting-edge novelists will discuss how they put ordinary lives under a magnifying glass and take the personalities, experiences, aspirations and disappointments they see and meld them in experimental and creative ways into stories with universal reach. In the coming-of-age novel Northern Girls, Sheng Keyi explores the inner lives of a generation of young, rural Chinese women who embark on life-changing journeys in search of a better life. And in her daring piece of allegorical, speculative fiction Death Fugue, she tells of how the local population in a Chinese city become unnerved when a huge tower of excrement appears in the main square one day. Kaitlin Solimine’s Empire of Glass is a grand, experimental epic where the narrator’s story is told in footnotes that run throughout the book which chronicles the seismic changes in China over the last half century through the lens of one family’s experiences. While Hou Lei’s latest collection of short stories, Man Under the Ice, focusses on the contemporary lives of the working class in Beijing and shows the difficulties and frustrations they face in a time of sweeping social change. This discussion will be moderated by Bradford Philen from International School of Beijing who is the author of the novel Autumn Falls and the short story collection Everything is Insha’Allah.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


盛可以,Kaitlin Solimine,侯磊

主持人 Bradford Philen

3月24日(星期六),下午两点 | 60 RMB | BW24-2

三位前沿小说作家将讨论他们如何将平凡的生活置于放大镜之下,并将他们所观察到的特性、经历、抱负与失落,以充满实验性与创造性的方式,融入具有普遍影响力的故事中去。在成长小说《北妹》中,盛可以探索了年轻一代中国农村妇女的内心生活,她们正在踏上追寻更好的生活的旅程。而在大胆而引人深思的寓言式小说Death Fugue中,她讲述了当一座小山一般的排泄物出现在一个中国城市的主广场时,当地居民如何变得紧张不安。Kaitlin Solimine的Empire of Glass则是一部宏大的实验式史诗巨作,叙事者的故事以脚注的形式贯穿全书,透过一个家庭的经历,记录过去的半个世纪中国发生的巨变。侯磊的最新中短篇小说集《冰下的人》则关注北京当代工人阶级生活,展现了社会变迁中他们的困境与无奈。




Saturday, March 24, 12 noon | 60 RMB | BW24-12 – Ticket

Michael Spavor has spent more than 20 years living and working in the Koreas. His work has focused on cultural exchange, developmental assistance and ethical, non-sanctioned business promoting ties between the DPRK and the rest of the world. He became friends with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un in 2013 after organizing two visits to Pyongyang by former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, the highlight of which was a friendly basketball game between the DPRK national team and American former NBA stars.

He oversaw the restoration of the 6th-Century Ryonggwang Pavillion in Pyongyang in cooperation with the Dutch Royal Family’s Prince Claus Fund. Michael is currently co-organizing a DPRK Foreign Ministry delegation visit to Canada later this year to study cost and energy-efficient architecture and design methods to benefit housing projects in colder rural areas, among other professional and person to person projects and exchanges. In this event he will discuss his experiences in North Korea over the past two decades and how he came to be playing a key coordinating role in the DPRK.



Saturday, March 24, 15:30  
Free Admission | MESH – The Opposite House – Ticket

In this information session Xu Xi will introduce the Vermont College of Fine Art’s new MFA program –

the world’s first low-residency International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. The course offers Fiction/Nonfiction/Literary Translation programs with individualized mentorship with prize-winning international faculty. Participants will join 5-day international residencies in Reykjavik, Iceland (5-11 Sep 2018 ), Hong Kong (6-12 Mar 2019 ), VCFA at Montpelier (14-20 Aug 2019), Ban, Canada (4-10 Sep 2019) and Lisbon, Portugal (4-10 Mar 2020). The program will be offering two annual full-ride scholarships. Join Xu Xi for further information on this new MFA program.



Roseann Lake, moderated by Tomasz Sajewicz
Saturday, March 24, 4 pm | 60 RMB | BW24-4 – Ticket 

Part critique of China’s paternalistic ideals, part portrait of the romantic travails of China’s trailblazing “leftover” women and their well-meaning parents who are anxious to see their daughters snuggled into traditional wedlock, Roseann Lake’s Leftover in China focuses on the lives of four individual women against a backdrop of anecdotes, interviews, and historical and demographic research to show how these “leftovers” are the linchpin to China’s future. Xinran, author of Buy Me the Sky, said: “As a Chinese woman, I can feel and hear Chinese women’s minds and voices radiating through Leftover in China. It conveys a powerful message that encapsulates and epitomizes today’s rapidly changing China.” Roseann will be in conversation with Tomasz Sajewicz, Asia Correspondent for Polish Public Radio.


Krys Lee
Saturday, March 24, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW24-6 – Ticket 

In Kry Lee’s debut novel, How I Became a North Korean, Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea’s most prominent families. Jangmi, on the other hand, has had to fend for herself since childhood, most recently by smuggling goods across the border. Then there is Danny, a Chinese-American teenager whose quirks and precocious intelligence have long made him an outcast in his California high school. These three disparate lives converge when they flee their homes, finding themselves in a small Chinese town just across the river from North Korea. As they fight to survive in a place where danger seems to close in on all sides, in the form of government informants, husbands, thieves, abductors, and even missionaries, they come to form a kind of adoptive family. The novel – a finalist for the 2016 Centre for Fiction First Novel Prize and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal – transports the reader to one of the least-known and most threatening environments in the world, and explores how humanity persists even in the most desperate circumstances. Reviewing the book in The Guardian, Barbara Demick said, “Krys Lee is a superb writer… Lee has worked with North Korean refugees and she knows intimately their terror when trying to survive in a world where it is impossible to distinguish between friend and foe.”


Saturday, March 24, 8 pm – 10 pm | 50 RMB | BW24-8 – Ticket 

Spittoon Arts Collective introduces Spittunes, which takes advantage of Beijing’s diverse and talented music scene by selecting artists and bands from different genres and pairing them together to collaborate with writers and poets. The musicians select the poets and writers they want to work with after a selection process – The musicians choose the poets or writers based on how suitable they think they are for their certain styles of music. After the partnerships are made, the musicians and writers work together for a month to make a special collaboration song based on the musicians and writer’s individual style. Poetic and Musical collaborations will involve: Noise Arcade – David Huntington; Li Er Yang – Poornima Weerasekara; and Jukka Ahonen – Li Wan. Hosted by Matt Byrne and Nathan Borofka.


Saturday, March 24

Bespoke Travel Company is excited to announce that for the first time since 2013, Paul French – author of The New York Times bestselling murder mystery Midnight in Peking – will return to Beijing to personally lead the official walking tour based on his book. A Bespoke Beijing and Penguin Books exclusive (and part of the 2018 Bookwork International Literary Festival), this special evening event offers you a unique chance to delve into Pamela Werner’s gruesome murder with the author himself, alongside historian Lars Ulrik Thom, whose own exemplary research has added yet more layers to an already incredible story. Those lucky enough to clinch a ticket to the first event will enjoy an early evening walking tour led by both French and Thom, followed by a 4-course meal and wine pairing at the NUO Hotel (part of the historic former Beijing Hotel on Chang’an Avenue) with the author and historian and a signed copy of his brand-new book, City of Devils.

March 24th @ 5pm: Tour + Dinner + Signed Book
Early Bird Price: 1,000RMB (Until Mar 3); 1,288RMB thereafter – Ticket 

March 31 @ 6.30pm: Tour only
Early Bird Price: 400RMB (Until Mar 10); 488RMB thereafter – Ticket 

To book: or call 151-0167-9082

Sunday, 25 March


Krys Lee, Kaitlin Solimine, Xu Xi, Andy Killeen
Sunday, March 25, 2 pm | 60 RMB | BW25-2 – Ticket 

In this panel, we bring you three prolific and talented writers whose working and writing lives have straddled continents. Joining us will be Krys Lee (How I Became a North Korean), a Korean-American who is now working in Seoul; Kaitlin Solimine (Empire of Glass), who now lives back in her native US but has spent extended time in China and Singapore; and Xu Xi (That Man in Our Lives), an Indonesian-Chinese Hong Kong native and US citizen. They will read some of their writing, and discuss identity, globalization and transnationalism and to what extent they feed into their own work. In conversation with Andy Killeen.


Paul French, Tong Zhao, Simon Cockerell, Michael Spavor , moderated by Ting-I Tsai
Sunday, March 25, 4pm | 80 RMB | BW25-4 – Ticket

It has been a tumultuous year on the Korean peninsula, with the North conducting a string of missile launches and nuclear tests, all met with a chorus of international condemnation and extensive trade sanctions, and sparking bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. And then, as the masters of brinksmanship seemed to be nudging too far, North Korea takes political and propaganda gold at the winter Olympics withboth Koreas marching behind a “unification” flag, and Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong leading a charm offensive – supported by a 229-strong, all-female cheer squad – where she extended an official invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come to Pyongyang in the near future. So, what’s next for North Korea? To discuss this are Paul French, author of North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, Tong Zhao, a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Simon Cockerell, who has a unique perspective on day-to-day life in the DPRK having travelled there more than 150 times running Koryo Tours, and Michael Spavor who has spent two decades working with North Korea. The discussion shall be moderated by Ting-I Tsai, a senior writer for the Caijing Magazine in Beijing. She has worked as a journalist in China since 2010. Before she relocated to Beijing, she was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Taipei. She has covered North Korea since 2003.


Zhang Lijia, Yuan Ling, moderated by Dave Haysom
Sunday, March 25, 6 pm | 60 RMB | BW25-6 – Ticket 

Today we welcome two highly talented writers to talk about how and why they got into a writing career, how they choose their next literary challenges, and what highs and lows they encounter in their writing lives. Zhang Lijia has shown her versatility as a writer with an award-winning memoir Socialism Is Great!, followed up last year with a deftly written and sensitive novel Lotus, about a young prostitute’s struggles in contemporary China. Yuan Ling has won several awards for his non-fiction titles and this year his debut story collection The World will be published by Citic Press.

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


主持人 Dave Haysom

3月25日(星期日),晚六点 | 60 RMB | BW26-6

今天我们欢迎两位才华横溢的作家,来谈一谈他们是为什么以及怎样步入写作生涯的,如何选择接下来的文学挑战,和写作中所经历的高潮与低谷。张丽佳通过其获奖回忆录Socialism Is Great! 充分展现了她身为作家的多才多艺。去年,她又以娴熟的笔触和细腻的情感创作了Lotus这部小说,讲述一位年轻妓女在当代中国的挣扎求存。袁凌在非虚构写作领域屡获奖项,今年,他的首部中篇小说集《世界》将由中信大方出版。



Hosted by Anthony Tao
Sunday, March 25, 8 pm 

The Quiz Show returns to cap this year’s BLF. This year it will be a PUB QUIZ, and it’ll be the fastest pub quiz in town, loaded with questions over various international categories. Come as a team or individual (we’ll put you on a fun team). Team size recommendation is four.

Free for all. Reservation recommended but not required:

  • Events at the 2018 Bookworm Literary Festival are divided between regular events, Children’s Events, and Workshops. Underneath the event titles you’ll find: names of participants, venue, event code, and price.




    The Royal Asiatic Society of Beijing, Anthony Tao, SupChina and Sinica, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China, Laurie and Kevin O’Donnell, the International Festival of Authors (Toronto), the Word Alliance, Paper Republic, Kendall Bitonte (Global Environmental Institute), Spitoon Literary Journal and InkBeat.


    And a huge thanks to all our moderators, authors, panelists, sponsors, volunteers, and all The Bookworm team.