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The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2012 Welcome

We’re thrilled to announce The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2012, running March 9-30. With three weeks of book talks, panel discussions, workshops and live performances featuring guests from across China and around the world, the festival will have something for everyone.

Check out our full programme here.

Early bird tickets go on sale January 30. General on February 6. Tickets available only at The Bookworm.

 

Part II: Mara Hvistendahl on the Story Behind the Story

Journalist Mara Hvistendahl has spent much of the past decade in China, reporting on everything from archaeology to Beijing’s space programme. Her first book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men looks at how sex-selection led to a 160 million girl gender gap in Asia and the consequences that will have [...]

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Rim pigs, urban guerrillas and human cheetahs: Q and A with Zsuzsi Gartner

Canadian writer Zsuzsi Gartner is the acclaimed author of the short stories that take readers into an off-kilter world populated by rim pigs*, urban guerrillas, human cheetahs and a group of suburban dads who devolve into cold-blooded murderers. Gartner will discuss her latest short story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives on March 18. Below she talks with BLF about [...]

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Where Have All the Daughters Gone? Mara Hvistendahl on Gender Imbalances in Asia

Journalist Mara Hvistendahl has spent much of the past decade in China, reporting on everything from archaeology to Beijing’s space programme. Her first book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men looks at how sex-selection led to a 160 million girl gender gap in Asia and the consequences that will have [...]

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New Events - Irène Némirovsky, Shipwrecked Bodies and David Thomas Broughton

Good things come in threes! Whether you like live music, gender-bending fiction from sunny Mexico or want to learn more about the life of one of the twentieth century’s most tragic and fascinating literary figures, BLF just added three exciting new events for you. Check them out: 1. British folk singer-guitarist David Thomas Broughton‘s performances combines off-the-cuff [...]

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Therapy Penguin

Andrei Kurkov’s novels star a hapless obituary writer Viktor Zolotaryov and his endearingly morose pet penguin, Misha. Rescued from a purge at the local zoo, Misha shuffles through Viktor’s world, eating fish, babysitting and most importantly, providing his owner with a source of steady companionship. In proof that sometimes life imitates fiction, a 13-year old penguin, named [...]

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And he’s back! Jonathan Fenby returns to blogging

BLF favorite Jonathan Fenby may have a new book (Tiger Head, Snake Tails) coming out, but that doesn’t mean the old China hand doesn’t have time to do a bit of blogging on the side. Head over to Fenby’s new blog, called what else — China Blog, for insights into today’s China.

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Raiding Snack Machines with Wolves: A Q & A with Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson is the animal trainer extraordinaire behind Instinct, a company that for the last 20 years has helped filmmakers meet the challenges of filming with non-human actors. If you’ve seen Snow Dogs, Borat, X-Files or commercials for Honda, Doritos or Bud Light, you’ve seen Simpson’s work. On March 15, Simpson will be talking about his [...]

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Beijing in six words! Enter the Beijinger’s Six-Word Writing Competition.

Can you sum up your Beijing story in six words? BLF and The Beijinger present a short (very very short) story competition. What you can win: First Prize: A ticket to a BLF writing workshop of your choice plus two invites to the BLF VIP cocktail party Second Prize: Two tickets to “SLAM!” featuring Luka [...]

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Belinda McKeon reflects on a year in reading

Belinda McKeon, the Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year, will be in town to talk with festival goers about her award-winning debut novel Solace. At another event, McKeon will discuss her writing process with fellow novelist Kjersti Skomsvold. Like many writers, however, McKeon is more than a producer of writing. She is also a consumer of [...]

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Festival Voices: Gary Shteyngart

Sometimes it’s fun to hear from the people behind the stories we read. So in this edition of festival voices, we present author Gary Shteyngart’s 2010 radio conversation with master interviewer Terry Gross. In the interview, Shteyngart talks about his novel Super Sad True Love Story. Topics covered include death (“I always think that good [...]

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  • BLF Pick: Belinda McKeon

    Irish author Belinda McKeon discusses her debut novel, Solace. Friday, 16 March 6pm.

  • BLF Pick: Cabaret

    Tuesday, 20 March 10pm
    Do you enjoy Broadway, Vaudeville, Le Chat Noir and many songs from the years gone by? ..Join Helena, Torbjorn and Alan as they perform some of the great Cabaret songs from the past 100 years. Expect Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Noel Coward, Geoffrey Wright, Vernon Duke, Loesser, Benjamin Britten, Charles Ives, Menken, Kander and Ebb and much much more... Come laugh, Come cry.. Come sing with us...