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Happiness Equation: JUE Market

Is happiness a right or a reward? Modern society is bent on acquiring more money and possessions, but why don’t these things make us happy? Was Seneca on the right track by saying happiness is optional and a choice? Or is it merely a matter of dopamine? With modern science, we can tweak our brain […]

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Committing Journalism

Yesterday, Barbara Demick (Los Angeles Times) and Tomasz Sajewicz (Polish Radio) discuss the ins and outs of committing journalism in China with Ed Wong (The New York Times). Photos c/o our wonderful volunteer Chelin Miller.

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Beijing Stories Entries

The Beijing Stories shorter-than-short fiction contest is now closed. The winners will be announced in the near future but while we await the result, The Beijinger has gathered all of the entries here for your enjoyment. Thanks to everyone who submitted a story. Happy Reading! @IesGlobal He landed, felt stranded, but found his way, the […]

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Pictures: Opening Weekend

BLF 2013 is off to a roaring start. The opening weekend in pictures.

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EWWC – Li Er on The Future of the Novel

Keynote address given by Li Er First presented at The Bookworm International Literary Festival, Beijing March 10, 2013, UCCA Auditorium Novelist and short story writer Li Er was born 1966 in Henan Province. He is the author of five story collections, two novels and approximately 50 novellas and short stories. His work appears regularly in Zuojia, Shouhuo, […]

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Friday Reads: Asia Cinema Week

Every Friday, we ask members of the BLF community what they’re reading. Up to bat this week: BLF Partner the Asia Cinema Week, part of the JUE Festival. Pete Teo, Curator of the 15Malaysia screening (March 16th, 4pm at Zajia Lab) “Re-reading this: The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler. The idea that scientific discovery and societal progress proceeds in […]

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Excerpted: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan’s second novel, Half-Blood Blues, tells the story of Afro-German jazz musician Hieronymus Falk and his arrest in Nazi-occupied Paris. It is a tale of friendship, betrayal, music, race, love, loyalty and the creation of myth. In this excerpt, Sidney Griffith, the only witness to Faulk’s arrest and the man left to deal with […]

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Hot Reads: “I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You” by Karin Tidbeck

Then came that Thursday in February when I stepped into my psychiatrist’s office and was presented with a goat. I was in treatment, but it wasn’t going well. I suffered from recursive treatment-resistant depression or, possibly, bipolar II disorder—my doctors wouldn’t settle on a diagnosis. Whatever you called it, it was hell. Over the years, […]

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Extra, extra! New event with Wang Xiaofang (Civil Servant’s Notebook)

Good news for anyone who didn’t manage to get tickets to Wang Xiaofang’s Civil Servant’s Notebook talk! We’ve added a second event with the officialdom fiction writer. The new encore event will be will be held at the Dutch Embassy. Ticket are 65rmb and only available at the door. Please register with the FCCC ahead of time by […]

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Weird Baseball Facts

Chad Harbach’s novel The Art of Fielding is quintessentially American novel, set in the Midwest, featuring Moby Dick, campus life at a small liberal arts college and…baseball. For those who don’t know much about the sport, here are some weird facts about America’s national pastime. In one of the craziest trades in baseball, Cy Young, […]

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  • Tickets for BLF 2019 Events

    Due to high demand, we cannot take reservations over the phone or email; please purchase your tickets at The Bookworm Sanlitun or online via Yoopay (click ‘ticket’ on the events page).