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    1. Japanese fans of Haruki Murakami will probably have to go to an actual bookstore to get the author's new essay collection. The retail chain Books Kinokuniya is buying 90% of the first print run of "Novelist as a Vocation," reports the Asahi Shimbun.

    2. Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

      The Japan TimesAug 29 10:34 AM

      Will he or won’t he? It’s about the time of year when the Japanese media descends into a frenzy of speculation about whether Haruki Murakami will land the Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first Japanese literary laureate since Kenzaburo Oe in 1994. There is certainly nothing new about intense media interest in the prospect […] The post Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize ...

    3. At a season opener for an unpopular baseball team, Haruki Murakami lounged in the sparsely populated bleachers with a beer. In the first inning, the new guy on the team hit a clean double with the crack of his bat, and wham! An epiphany landed cleanly in the mind of the now-beloved author. He was going to write a novel. It wouldn’t be easy, he conceded. He worked late, taxing nights at the jazz...

    4. Sometimes you finish a particularly touching or truthful book, and canât help but wish the author could guide you through life with their advice. For fans of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, this dream has become a reality. The author decided to pen an advice column, responding to a whopping 3,...

    5. Japanese retail chain Kinokuniya set to acquire most of the first print run of new essay collection in a bid to resist web retailers’ dominance A major Japanese bookshop chain is taking a stand against the increasing dominance of online retailers such as Amazon by restricting their access to the first print run of a new essay collection by Haruki Murakami. According to the Asahi Shimbun , the 66...

    6. Bestselling Japanese novelist’s responses to readers’ queries published as a lengthy ebook, with an abridged version available in print Haruki Murakami is riding high in the charts again, after a digital edition of his latest work that stretches to eight volumes has raced up the bestseller lists. Featuring the Japanese writer’s thoughts on everything from jazz and cats to relationships, the book...

    7. Before Haruki Murakami became the most famous living Japanese Novelist who achieved the rare feat of capturing the hearts and minds of American readers as well, he was a young married man working numerous jobs in order to make ends meet. At a baseball game, he had an epiphany at the crack of the bat that he could write a novel, and after catching the home run ball there was nothing that made ...

    8. Take a tour of bestselling and beloved author Haruki Murakami’s office and desk — a workspace filled with memorabilia and lined with about 10,000 vinyl records. More »          

    9. Now you can read the best of Haruki Murakami's advice on cats, death, and adultery all in one place. Excerpts from the enigmatic Japanese author's online-advice column, which he started in January, were just released in book form. A total of 37,465 questions were submitted to the site, of which ... More »

    10. Murakami may not be a fan of his first two books but both hint at the qualities that typify his work The arrival of a new novel by Haruki Murakami tends to be greeted by his fans with cult-like devotion. Since the publication of Norwegian Wood in 1987, Murakami has held a unique place in the contemporary literary canon: a Japanese writer steeped in American literature, and arguably the most ...

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