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Happiness From The Perspective of Literature


The pursuit of happiness is a continuous goal that human beings have strived for in their daily life throughout history. Great philosophers have cast their wisdom to enlighten us by sharing their views toward it. In fast-paced modern life, has happiness ever knocked your door and slipped away? Where and how can we find that fulfilled feeling within, emotionally and mentally? Are we sharing the same source of hapiness? And how do the writers see happiness?
Swedish and local writers will sit together and exchange their perspectives on happiness at the Bookworm on June 13th. Sweden ranks high in the Human Development Index, and Chengdu, is well known in China for its unique environment and laid back lifestyle. How do people live in these places define and seek happiness? And as writers, how their work and life affect the state of happiness?
Confucious said that it is a great pleasure to meet up with friends from far away. The Bookworm is delighted to have the Swedish writers under its roof. A rare chance to speak to Swedish writers face to face, do not miss it, come along to enjoy a night immersed in happinese.

Performance of Traditional Chinese Instruments

Chinese Instruments May 30th  Saturday Night

7:30-8:30pm   Free Entry

A group of local Chinese students are working to showcase traditonal Han culture, both inside China and overseas. They plan many cultural exchanges between Chinese and Westerners, including a showcase for Chinese traditional music at the Bookworm this Saturday night.


The students will perform on traditional instruments like Gu Qin, Pi Pa, Zhong Ruan, Er Hu etc., some of them in traditional Han costumes. It’s a rare chance to take a break from contemporary life and get a taste of traditional China, by coming along to support the students’ efforts.


A Talk with Gabriel Finkelstein


May 19th,  Tuesday  7:30pm

Free Entry    (In English)


Gabriel Finkelstein received a B.A. in physics from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He worked at Princeton University, Göttingen University, and UCLA before coming to the University of Colorado Denver, where he is currently Associate Professor of History. He is now working on a study of the challenges that “scientific historians” presented to discipline of history during the 1860s and 1870s.

His biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818-1896), the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth-century, received an Honorable Mention for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the 2013 PROSE Awards, was shortlisted for the inaugural John Pickstone Prize (awarded every two years by the British Society for the History of Science “to the best scholarly book in the history of science”), and was named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as one of the Best Books of 2014.

In his talk “Scientific Biography: A Booming Genre”, he will relate this topic to his book Emil du Bois-Reymond, intriducing and discussing the development of Scientific Biography.

Gabriel Finkelstein 在阿姆赫斯特学院获得物理学学士学位,普林斯顿大学获得历史博士学位。现为科罗拉多丹佛大学历史学副教授,在此之前,他先后在普林斯顿大学、德国哥廷根大学和加州大学洛杉矶分校工作。他目前在做一个课题,研究1860-1870年之间,科学历史学家们在矫正历史时提出的挑战。

Gabriel Finkelstein 撰写的传记《Emil du Bois-Reymond》, 介绍了这位19世纪最被遗忘的科学家。 此书在2013年PROSE奖中得到了科学、医学、技术等历史研究领域的醒目关注,在John Pickstone Prize中,进入最后的评选, 并被美国先进科学会评选为2014最佳图书之一。

话题“兴兴向荣的科学传记”,Gabriel Finkelstein 将结合他书中的内容,为我们揭开科学传记的丝丝缕缕。


Valentine’s Day Special Menu

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Take your Valentine’s date for a romantic dinner at The Bookworm Chengdu and celebrate the day of romance with great food:


Starter 前菜:

Mango and strawberry salad, with mozzarella cheese, roasted peanuts and sesame dressing / 芒果草莓沙拉配花生粒 (35RMB)

Main course 主菜:

Grilled salmon over mashed potatoes and steamed onions with asparagus and Hollandaise sauce / 煎三文鱼配土豆泥和蔬菜 (90RMB)

Dessert 甜点:

Cointreau marinated strawberries with cream / 酒酿草莓配奶油 (35RMB) and Homemade Baileys-chocolated truffles (2 pieces) / 自制百利甜巧克力球(2颗)

Wine 葡萄酒:

2 glasses of wine of the house per person (white or red) 每人两杯葡萄酒(白或红)

Price: 200 RMB per person 价格:200/一位

If you wouldn’t like to buy the whole set, it’s possible to pay for each dish at the prices above. Please note: the chocolate truffles are NOT for sale separately.



All you need is love (and good food)!





第四期《麻辣》的主题是“重建” (Reconstruction). 如果你的作品与这个主题相关是最好不过的,但如果没有也没有关系。具体事项请参见《麻辣》杂志网站的投稿页面: 该网站目前还是英文版本,但相关内容即将被翻译成中文,敬请期待。我们也将在这里和各地老书虫微信平台上更新相关信息。



MaLa Issue 4 on the theme ‘Reconstruction’ is now accepting submissions!

This issue is looking for Chinese creaters of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art
Your writing will be translated and published alongside international writing and artwork to create The Bookworm’s next literary journal

Submissions accepted until April 10th 2015

Read the submission guidelines at:




Our service on Monday, February 2nd (all day) will be restricted to beverage service due to the maintance in the kitchen. Our normal service will resume on Tuesday, February 3rd. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

The Bookworm Chengdu




Des Bishop: Breaking China (screening)


January 27th, Tuesday, 7:00pm (free entry)


We are going to screen all 6 episodes, 25minutes each.


This brand new six part series follows the adventures of Irish-American writer and comedian Des Bishop as he moves to China for a year in order to learn mandarin and eventually attempt to perform a one-man stand up comedy show for a Chinese audience.

There are a couple of problems though – the locals are unaware of the subtleties of western style comedy and are laughing for all the wrong reasons. Is Des’ attempt to explore comedy in a foreign country and a strange culture a task too far?

Part reality, part travel, part humour, Des’ new Chinese project will follow his move to Beijing, his fumbling first steps in Mandarin, his adventures with the local kids. His Chinese host family will encompass the quirks of an intriguing nation that is changing at a blistering pace.

Over the six episodes Des will go to Chinese university, share everyday life with the family and explore the wider China beyond. He plans to set up his own comedy club in a Beijing city venue and with luck build a loyal following and a successful business. By journey’s end he even hopes to make his name on Chinese television which attracts the largest audiences on the planet.


朗诵 第三期

时间:1月28号  晚7:30








时间 : 2015年1月25日 15:00 , 门票 : 30元/场


纪录/剧情 | 中国大陆 | 客家方言/中英字 | 103min


2013年 西安国际影像节 青年导演扶持计划基金奖
2014年 中国独立影像展 主竞赛单元 最高奖
2014年 北京独立电影节 开幕片 获评委会奖
2014年 哈尔滨新月独立影像展 开幕片
2014年 长春青年电影节 开幕片
2014年 大连艺术电影节 主展映单元
2014年 中国纪录片学院奖
2014年 印度新德里Visible evidence international conference on documentary

2006 《阳春之春》
2008 《家谱》
2012 《关于张科长的日常》
2013 《鹅凰嶂逸事》


Bookworm’s publishing house and annual literary award


A new chapter for The Bookworm as it launches publishing house and annual literary award

BEIJING – The Bookworm has announced the launch of the China Bookworm Press, an independent publishing venture that will publish contemporary fiction and non-fiction from China and make it available to a wider international audience in translation. The Press will be registered in Hong Kong with the goal of publishing overseas.

The Press will also run the China Bookworm Literary Award, an annual award for a previously unpublished novel by a Mainland Chinese writer. The entrants selected first, second and third will receive a cash prize of 5000RMB, 2500RMB, and 1000RMB respectively. In addition, the winning novel shall be translated into English and published by the China Bookworm Press.

The China Bookworm Press is part of the Bookworm group that runs independent bookstores and cafes in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou, and the annual China Bookworm Literary Festival which will celebrate its 9th year in 2015 (March 13-29).

Speaking today in Beijing, The Bookworm group’s general manager Peter Goff said: “We are very excited to be launching this publishing venture today. We feel this is a very natural fit with our bookstores in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou, and our annual literary festival and year-round literary events programme. There is an abundance of literary talent here and very strong traditions, and the press will aim to showcase the best of contemporary Chinese writing to international audiences.”


He added that through the literary festival and event programme, and the fact that the Bookworm is a founding member of the Word Alliance (, an association that joins together eight of the world’s leading literary festivals, “we have been supporting and showcasing the work of Chinese writers for many years already. This publishing wing enables us to bring that support to a new level.”

The Bookworm also publishes Mala – the China Bookworm Literary Journal (, and is coordinating the Flash Europa 28 project in association with the Delegation of the European Union to China to bring creative short fiction from all 28 EU member states to the interested Chinese reader (

Full details for the China Bookworm Press and the China Bookworm Literary Award can be found on

For further information, contact







老书虫集团的总经理Peter Goff今天在北京说:“我们为出版社的成立感到非常兴奋。与我们已有的在北京,成都及苏州的书店, 年度文学节, 以及全年各类文学活动联系在一起,我们感觉这是一个非常自然的融合。这片土地上既有大量的文学人才,又有丰厚的传统,而我们出版社将力求向世界各地读者展现最好的中国当代文学作品。”

Peter Goff还说到,作为Word Alliance ( (一个聚集了8个全球顶级文学节的协会)的创办成员之一,在过去的很多年中,通过举办文学节和各类文学活动,我们已经在支持与推广中国作家的作品。而这次出版社的成立,将把这种支持推上新的高度。”




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