About Us

The China Bookworm Press is part of the Bookworm group, a China-based literary organization that runs independent bookstores/cafés/event spaces in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou.

The China Bookworm Press was founded in 2015 as an independent publisher of contemporary Chinese writing in translation. The Press seeks to publish leading contemporary fiction and non-fiction from China and make it available both in the original Chinese and to a wider international audience in translation.


The China Bookworm Literary Festival

Since 2006, the Bookworm has presented The China Bookworm Literary Festival each March, a celebration of literature and ideas, featuring writers, thinkers, artists and performers from China and beyond. The program includes booktalks, panel discussions, writing workshops and performances – plus our children’ s program with writing and drawing workshops and interactive storytelling sessions; a Chinese-language program presenting international authors to a Chinese audience; and our lively Footnotes prorgramme with music, film, cinema and events that defy category.


The Mala Literary Journal

MaLa – the China Bookworm Literary Journal is a journal that presents perceptions of China from multiple angles, in the form of short fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry, supported by features, reviews, art works and photography. MaLa brings to light new work in translation by Chinese writers, as well as new writing in English by foreign residents of China and Chinese writers living overseas.


Flash Europa 28

In October 2014, the Bookworm launched the project Flash Europa 28 in association with the Delegation of the European Union to China in order to bring creative short fiction from all 28 EU member states to the interested Chinese reader.