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Festival by the Numbers

Thank you everyone for a fantastic two weeks of literature and ideas! You can relive the 2011 festival by listening to podcast here. Don’t worry - 2012 will be here soon enough!

The 2011 festival by the numbers:
105 events
74 authors form 20 countries
31 school visits
15 authors who visited migrant schools
95 volunteers
400+ bottles of wine
1 straw used

Some of our highlights were amazing in conversations with Paolo Giordano, Christos Tsiolkas and Michel Faber, Emma Donoghue’s energetic reading of Room, Andri Magnason’s dry humor on the economic situation in Iceland, Rakesh Saytal’s gorgeous cabaret voice, Omar Musa’s electric spoken word performance both here and with Nasty Ray freestyle battling in Chinese at 2 Kolegas, A Yi on modern Chinese crime writing, four very powerful women (Mian Mian, Liu Soula, Huang Hua and Chun Shu) discussing the voice of modern Chinese women, Jackie Kay’s poetry-music fusion with local jazz musicians, our dynamic panel on Myth and Mythology with Michel Faber, Rakesh Saytal and Andri Magnason, Leslie Chang discussing factory girls with James Chau, Peter Hessler on his

Stealing Karma with Aneesha Capur

Aneesha Capur’s Stealing Karma has just been listed among the Top 5 Fiction Picks of The Hindu. Also among the leading Indian newspaper’s favourite is Pallavi Aiyar’s Chinese Whiskers - another great literary delicacy of our Festival. Sara ventured out and readiscovered the book - Stealing Karma - and its author. Enjoy a colourful collage [...]

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Bi Feiyu sold out? - Join us for…

Interested in Bi Feiyu’s Three Sisters? You might like to join us for Lifting the Painted Veil. Lifting the Painted Veil demystifies the orient, featuring two Hong Kong writers - Xu Xi and Brian Castro - whose work reaches from Hong Kong and Shanghai to New York and Sydney. Read on for more details on [...]

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Andri and The Oscar

None other than Festival author Andri Snaer Magnason features in the film that won the 2011 Oscar for best documentary. Charles Ferguson’s documentary Inside Job provides a comprehensive of the global financial crisis 2008. It starts off in Iceland featuring an interview with Magnason and material from his work celebrated work, Dreamland. See the trailer here.

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Catching up with Andrew O’Hagan

As his latest book is turned into a movie and Angelina Jolie is becoming Marylin Monroe, the creator of Maf the Dog is preparing for his journey to Beijing and The Bookworm festival. Sara talked to Andrew O’Hagan about his expectations for China and found out what makes tooth brushing an exciting experience. Find out [...]

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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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  • The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2011

    4-18 March 2011
    Tickets on sale 2nd February, only at The Bookworm

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    TimeOut Beijing chats with Omar Musa on his inspirations.

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    Time Out Beijing talks to the bad girl of Chinese literature, Annie Wang.