Beijing Bookworm Mini Literary Festival

The Bookworm in Beijing is hosting a literary festival next week. Below is the schedule as provided by the Bookworm. One of the events is a panel discussion about Internet publishing; your correspondent is on the panel together with Hung Huang and Roland Soong of ESWN.

For updates, check the Bookworm's website.

Tuesday August 29, 7.30pm
Ma Jian Chinese superstar author
Ma Jian returns to Bookworm by popular demand to discuss his celebrated work. A fantastic opportunity to hear one of China’s most charismatic of contemporary authors.

Wednesday August 30, 7.30pm
Asia Literary Review Launch
Hear writers from Hong Kong’s newest, hottest literary magazine read from the latest edition of Asia Literary Review.

Thursday August 31, 12.30pm
How to Get Published in China Discussion and Q&A
Jo Lusby (Penguin China)
Marysia Jusczakiewicz (Creative Works)

Dying to publish your China memoirs? Come and hear from the experts on how to get your work of art out of your laptop and onto the shelves! Marysia Juscakiewicz, Head of Literary Work at Creative Works, Hong Kong’s first literary agency, and Jo Lusby, General Manager of Penguin China share their expertise at this not-to-be-missed event.

Thursday August 31, 7.30pm
Travel Writing Panel
Magnus Bartlett (Odyssey Guides)
Chris Rowthorn (Lonely Planet)
Adam Pillsbury (Insider’s Guides)

Join us for an evening of lively discussion as we explore the world of Travel Writing in Asia, from the perspective of a writer, an editor and a publisher, working across the Asian region.

Friday September 1, 12.30pm
Penguin Classics 1: Lijia Zhang — Jane Eyre
The first in a series of three ‘Penguin Classics Literary Lunches’. Each day a notable local writer will share their thoughts on their favourite Penguin Classic text. Li Jia will begin with the story of how reading Jane Eyre helped her escape from working in a factory in Nanjing, and become a writer.

Friday September 1, 7.30pm
Fan Wu
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Fan Wu read from her brand new novel ‘February Flowers’. A coming of age story set in Guangzhou in the early 90’s, ‘February Flowers’ has been selected by publishing giant Pan Macmillan as the novel to launch their brand new imprint, Picador Asia.

Sunday September 3, 10am
Children’s Poetry Workshop with Liz Niven
Is your son or daughter a Shakespeare in the making? Sign your kids up for a morning of poetry workshops with Scottish poet Liz Niven.
- Please sign up for this event in advance at

Sunday September 3, 4pm
Adults Poetry Workshop - Liz Niven
Got poetic aspirations but need some advice? Come and hear tips from the trade, from finding inspiration to crafting your masterpiece.
- Please sign up for this event in advance at

Monday September 4, 12.30pm
Penguin Classics 2: James Kynge — Seneca
The second in our series of Penguin Classics literary lunches. ‘China Shakes the World’ author James Kynge will discuss ‘On the Shortness of Life’ from Roman philosopher, dramatist and tutor of Nero, Seneca, putting this classic text into a lively modern context.

Monday September 4, 7.30pm
Internet Publishing in China Panel Discussion
Hong Huang (CIMG)
Jeremy Goldkorn (Danwei)
Roland Soong (EWSN)

Explore the issues and challenges surrounding internet publishing in one of its most exciting and dynamic regions, with three confirmed experts (sic) in the field.

Tuesday September 5, 7.30pm
Penguin Classics 3: Eric Abrahamsen — Master and Margarita
The final installment of our Penguin Classics Literary lunch series. Eric Abrahamsen reads from and discusses the Russian classic ‘The Master and Margerita’.

Wednesday September 6, 7.30pm
Bookworm Poetry Showcase
Liz Niven
Bob Marcacci
Bookworm Poets

Join us for a ‘poetry showcase’ featuring a diverse and fascinating range of work from writers from across the globe. The evening will also feature highlights from the Bookworm’s very own regular ‘open micers’.

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oops, Ma Jian's appearance should be August 29th, not September...

Just what the world needs: people teaching English in China publishing their memoirs, and telling all they see from their cups of Starbuck's coffee. Perhaps they might better spend their time studying the language instead of succumbing to flattery from their students.

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