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The Writing Life

Over the next few days BLF will explore the creative life with a series of events featuring celebrated writers talking about their craft. At 6.30 on Monday 10th, Anjum Hasan and Zac OÝeah discuss the ins and outs of creativity and collaboration in their life as a writing couple. Don’t miss this if you are […]

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International Women’s Day events in pictures:

Here are photos from this weekend at BLF 2014, where we marked International Women’s Day with a series of events looking at women’s lives in China and around the world. On Sunday night at 5 pm Journalist Leta Hong Fincher gave a powerful talk about gender inequality in China and exposed some interesting connections between […]

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BLF Opening Night and International Women’s Day

The Bookworm was packed last night for the opening of BLF 2014. A huge crowd came out to celebrate the start of the festival and hear local novelist Yan Ge chat with British writer Janette Jenkins about their different takes on family life in fiction. Big thanks for British Consul General Tina Redshaw for moderating […]

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大山与毕翰生做客老书虫 Chinese Comedy Show with Dashan

Friday, 21 March 8.00pm  大山与毕翰生做客老书虫 Chinese Standup with Dashan and Des Bishop (Tickets 200 RMB From the Bookworm)   亲爱的喜剧脱口秀的粉丝们,我们的《侃大山》 “大山及同仁的脱口秀之夜” 订票方式: 点击以下链接购票及更多相关演出内容。 http://e.mosh.cn/23066 成都 演出时间3月21日 晚8点 The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2014 brings you a unique chance to see comedy star Dashan performing live at the Chengdu Bookworm.   A regular performer on Chinese television […]

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BLF 2014 Opens This Weekend!

 BLF 2014 Opens This Weekend! The Bookworm International Literary Festival opens in Chengdu this weekend, kicking off two weeks packed with literature and ideas, comedy, poetry, film and much more. We start the festival with three events to mark Internationa Women’s Day on March 8th. On opening night, Saturday March 8th at 7.30 pm we […]

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BLF Chengdu 2013 Ends on a High Note

The line for at BLF Chengdu’s final event on Sunday 24th March went all the way out of the door, as fans of popular local writer Alai waited to have their books signed. Alai spoke to a packed house about his Tibetan childhood and the rocky road to publication of his first novel Red Poppies, […]

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Five more days of literature and ideas

Five More Days of Literature and Ideas  The second weekend of BLF Chengdu opened with an inspiring discussion with Lionel Shriver about tough choices, motherhood, responsibility and coping with critics.  Saturday morning saw the Bookworm thronged with young artists particapting in Australian writer and illustrator Alison Lester’s lively workshop, while Sunday afternoon’s audience travelled to […]

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BLF and gochengdu.cn

Visit Chengdu news and information website gochengdu.cn for a review of the Chengdu BLF so far. Local arts reviewer Sophia Kidd describes the BLF as “an exotic garden of ideas in our own backyard” and uses the metaphor of a scholar’s garden to describe the structure of the programme.

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Photos of Recent Events

Last week,  Lars Saabye Christensen and Boualem Sansal talked about the parallel themes in their recent books, and Dr. Pam Macintyre discussed changes in literature and how new technologies are changing our brains. Coming up in week two: March 19th, Tuesday 7.30pm Peter Popham talks about his biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady and […]

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Excerpted: Justin Torres’ We the Animals

Justin Torres grew up in upstate New York, where his acclaimed debut novel We the Animals is set. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His work has […]

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