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Thanksgiving at The Bookworm

Join The Bookworm November 23, 24 and 25 for a special Thanksgiving dinner. All the classics served family style.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and and The Bookworm family would like to invite you and your family to join us. Menu items will include the traditional spread: Turkey, port wine, maple-honey glazed baked ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, garlic “smashed’ potatoes, wild mushrooms, brussel sprouts, biscuits and gravy and, of course, Pumpkin Pie.

If you have any special menu requests, please email Andrew at andrew@chengdubookworm.com and he will see what he can do to make your holiday that much more special. No guarantees and prices subject to change. Email for reservations or more information.

The Poetry Project – Photo Gallery

Here are some snaps from The Poetry Project events: show at 2Kolegas with Residence A, Interschool Slam and workshop with 二中students.

The Poetry Project at The Bookworm Beijing

The Bookworm’s Poetry Project is a celebration of the art of contemporary spoken word. From school workshops and an inter-school battle, to public performances at The Bookworm and genre-defying showcases at venues around Beijing, The Poetry Project is a two-week immersion into performance poetry for all ages.

The Poets

Bodhan Piasecki

Bodhan Piasecki is a poet from Poland currently based in the UK. He has featured at some of the country’s most exciting spoken word nights and festivals and has completed several international poetry tours. Piasecki is Poland’s first Slam poet and launched the first Poetry Slams in the Cultural Palace in Warsaw. Piasecki writes and performs in English and Polish. Piasecki’s performances deliver a mix of languages, cultures, rhythms and mediums.

Omar Musa

Malaysian-Australia rapper and poet Omar Musa is on a mission is to “introduce a new level of poetry to Australian hip- hop”. Musa has won numerous awards for poetry and music, including the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released a book of poetry and three hip-hop albums recorded in the USA and has toured throughout Asia, Europe and Australia, for writers festivals and hip-hop shows, including tour support for Gil Scott-Heron.

Luka Lesson

An Australian writer whose work blends hip-hop, poetry and music, Luka Lesson brings his dynamic and powerful spoken word performance to our stage. Blending roof-raising hip-hop bravado with social consciousness, Lesson creates an unforgettable experience for every audience. The winner of the 2011 Australian National Slam Championship, Lesson is the cofounder and co-director of The Centre for Poetics and Justice, an organization that uses poetry for community engagement and development. He has spent years conducting hip-hop or poetry workshops with Indigenous, Islander, African and other marginalized communities in Australia.

The Poetry Project is brought to in part by the Australian Embassy and the Polish Embassy.

Ian Johnson on Yu Hua and Chinese Literaure

Yu Hua at BLF 2012

In the October issue of the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson (Wild Grass, Chinese Characters) profiles fellow Bookworm Literary Festival participant Yu Hua (Brothers, To Live, China in Ten Words). After spending some time with the author in Yu’s hometown Hangzhou, Johnson muses that “[Yu’s] bawdy books might not be purely fictional; their characters and situations seemed to follow him around in real life too.”

During a “boozy lunch where the head of the local writer’s association ogled the legs of the deputy head of propaganda, while a paunchy singer for the People’s Liberation Army showed off a ‘talented young lady’ he had taken under his wing,” Yu Hua “treated the local notables to jokes, innuendos about corruption, and the failings of the Communist Party” and reduces one official whimpering: “We’re neighbors, we’re neighbors. Ha-ha. He’s joking.”

Johnson notes that “Yu’s career shows how these political and literary issues are linked. While in Hangzhou, Yu and I had a chance to talk about literature and politics, and what struck me most was a comment he made on criticism. What China most lacked, he said, was publications that would help create great literature: the journals, reviews, and magazines where young writers can get a start and receive honest criticism. In China, literary journals are either politicized or open to bidding, with favorable reviews bought by authors or their publishers. This isn’t to say that all criticism in China is corrupted, but much of it is, stifling the honest give-and-take that might encourage the creation of genuinely superior work.”

Read the rest of the piece here.

Mo Yan Wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature

And the winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature is…

Mo Yan!

The BLF 2009 alum Mo Yan, author of Red Sorghum and Big Breasts and Wide Hips, beat out early favorite Haruki Murakami to take home the field’s top honor. Announcing the decision, The Nobel Committee cited Mo’s use of “hallucinatory realism” to merge “folk tales, history and the contemporary.”

Peter Englund, head of the Swedish Academy, says of Mo’s work:

“He writes about the peasantry, about life in the countryside, about people struggling to survive, struggling for their dignity, sometimes winning but most of the time losing. The basis for his books was laid when as a child he listened to folktales. The description magical realism has been used about him, but I think that is belittling him – this isn’t something he’s picked up from Gabriel García Márquez, but something which is very much his own. With the supernatural going in to the ordinary, he’s an extremely original narrator.”

Mo Yan in conversation with Howard Goldblatt at BLF 2009

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