In Beijing there stands a bookstore that does more than just sell books – it’s bringing more culture and more discourse to the city. Books are an invaluable way to share ideas and as a result bookstores tend to create a culture around them that encourages critical thinking.
However, the Bookworm is more than just a bookshop with a library, bar and restaurant: itâ€™s a hot house of discussion, creativity and ideas in one of the worldâ€™s most happening cities.
Its big book-lined rooms, free Wi-Fi, hip music and good food have made it a magnet for expats and young, English-speaking Chinese alike.
But itâ€™s the Bookworm International Literary Festival that has put it on the map for top international authors curious about China: Americans Dave Eggers and David Sedaris were here for events in January. This month, Torontoâ€™s Emma Donoghue and 70 other writers from 19 different countries celebrated the festivalâ€™s fifth year, which wraps up Friday.