Meet me in Beijing on March 13 @Bookworm Literary Festival


When hubby and I moved to small town China about 1 1/2 years ago, we talked about how we were still close enough to Beijing to go there every once in a while and enjoy a time-out from life in a town that doesn’t have any big city conveniences like authentic Indian food, Italian Pizza, Wal-Mart, Starbucks or bookshops that sell English books – or, you know, a decent bookshop at all. I remember looking up the website of the Beijing Bookworm to note down the date of the Bookworm Literary Festival in my head.

I thought of attending some of the readings there some time in the not-so-distant future when Little Song would be old enough (speak: not nurse anymore) to stay with his dad and grandparents for a few days. I’m very excited to announce that I won’t be attending the festival as a listener, as would have been the initial plan, but as a reader. Ember Swift has invited me to read about being pregnant in China next to her and a few other very talented women and writers.

Here is a little more detailed information about the event:

Knocked Up Abroad, 13 March 2016, 6pm

Charlotte Edwards-Zhang, Vanessa Jencks, Ruth Silbermayr-Song, Ember Swift; moderated by Theresa Ahdieh | iQiyi | IQ13 | 50 RMB — Purchase Online

Pregnancy and childbirth are exciting and life-changing events. When experienced in a foreign country, the adventure takes countless unexpected twists and turns as mothers must navigate foreign languages, customs, and healthcare practices. Knocked Up Abroad: Stories of Pregnancy, Birth, and Raising a Family in a Foreign Country will take readers on an exciting journey through 24 different countries. In each of the unique stories in Knocked Up Abroad, the concepts of family and love translate into every language and are uniquely celebrated. Ember Swift, a contributing writer in the anthology, will present an excerpt alongside three other expat writing moms (Vanessa Jencks, Charlotte Edwards-Zhang, and Ruth Silbermayr-Song).

This event will be held at iQiyi, an official festival venue located next to The Bookworm.

See you on Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Beijing!

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Hi, I'm Ruth, welcome to China Elevator Stories! I have been living in Kunming and Shenzhen in the past and am now staying in Northeast China with my Chinese husband and our baby and toddler son. Join us on our journey bridging worlds!


  1. That is so great you’ll be in that festival! You have some really wonderful stories to share from your experiences here in China. I always found your posts about your pregnancy in China really interesting. Wishing you a fabulous time at the reading!

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  3. Ray

    Excellent talk! I was worried it would be awkward for me as I can’t quite directly relate to the subject matter, but it was very fascinating and I’m glad I got to learn about other people’s experiences. It’s not easy being a girl, let alone an expat with kids…

    Glad Ember invited you and I appreciate your read!

  4. What a shame I didn’t read this prior to me returning to China as I went to Bookworm in Beijing and saw XinRan give a talk on her life and her latest book, and I could have come and listened to you. I would have loved to listened to what you have to say.

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