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1. Our Favorite New Favorites of 2014

Every week, we gather together a small pile of newly released titles that we agree should be on everyone's radar. We deem these titles our New Favorites (check out our recent picks here). Now that the year is winding down, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the standouts, in case you [...]

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2. Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage

About as introspective as a novel can be, Murakami's latest spends its entirety inside the somewhat sad mind of its protagonist. Damaged by a betrayal he cannot comprehend, Tsukuru is a man wholly undone by his closest friends. After years of loneliness, and only after stumbling into a new relationship with a woman who insists on [...]

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3. The Snow Kimono

A buzz has been building about Australian author Mark Henshaw’s long awaited second novel after Out of the Line of Fire. The Snow Kimono (Text) is a literary psychological thriller set in Japan and France. Insights into both those countries shape the contours, ridges and atmosphere of the novel. Paris is wet and snowy and […]

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4. Haruki Murakami’s First Two Novels Are Coming in New English Translation

file.ashxHear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973, the first two novels written by acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami, are getting being published in English. The two novellas were first published in English by Kodansha International in 1987, but are currently out of print.

Knopf will publish these two novellas in one volume in the fall 2015. The works will feature a new English translation by Ted Goosen.

Knopf recently released Murakami’s latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage last month and will publish his upcoming novella The Strange Library in December.

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5. Haruki Murakami’s New Novella is Coming From Knopf in December

Japanese author Haruki Murakami has a new novella in the works which will be published by Knopf on December 2nd.

The Strange Library, a 96-page story, is about a young man’s strange trip to the library. Check it out:

On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. Once there, he is led to a special ‘reading room’ by a strange old man. The boy is imprisoned at the library and forced to memorize massive volumes of books. What will the boy do when he realizes that his captor intends to absorb his knowledge by eating his brain? With the help of a mysterious girl and a man dressed as a sheep, he hatches a plan to escape.

Murakami is on a roll. The novelist released a new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, last month.

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6. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki may be a simple story, but it carries an emotional heft that feels like a throwback to one of Murakami's classic early novels, like Norwegian Wood. His ephemeral and effortless prose flows like a perfectly choreographed dream and will leave you as satisfied as a long afternoon nap. Books mentioned in this [...]

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7. ‘Gone Girl’ Library

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn rocketed to the top of the Indie Bestseller List this week following some great reviews and BEA buzz.

The summer thriller is filled with enough suspense and twists to keep any beach reader happy, but it is also a book about writing. The main characters are avid readers, and they write letters, articles, journals, kid’s books and memoirs. The novel references other books, little Easter eggs nestled in the plot.

We’ve rounded up our five favorite book references in the thriller, building a spoiler-free library for anybody who wishes they could keep reading Gone Girl

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8. Haruki Murakami Has 2/1 Odds to Win Nobel Prize on Thursday

award.jpgThe Nobel Prize for Literature winner for 2012 will be revealed on Thursday.  Currently, the UK gamblers at Ladbrokes have given Haruki Murakami 2/1 odds to take the $1.2 million prize.

At the same time, Chinese author Mo Yan has 8/1 odds, Canadian short story master Alice Munro has 8/1 odds and Hungarian writer Peter Nadas has 8/1 odds. Who do you want to win?

Here’s more about the award: “Those entitled to nominate candidates for the Prize are the members of the Academy, members of academies and societies similar to it in membership and aims, professors of literature and language, former Nobel laureates in literature, and the presidents of writers’ organisations which are representative of their country’s literary production. Proposals in writing for the year’s laureate must reach the Nobel Committee by January 31st. A proposal should, but need not, be accompanied by supporting reasons. It is not possible to propose oneself as a candidate, i.e. the Nobel Prize cannot be applied for. There are usually about 350 proposals each year.” (Via Michael Orthofer)

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9. Haruki Murakami: “Writing a Long Novel Is Like Survival Training.”

Over at The Atlantic, Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid discussed one of his “all-time favorite passages in literature,” a quote from the Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

Talking about his own journey as a writer, Murakami explained: “writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.”

If you want to get in shape this year, we found some free fitness apps for writers to help you feel better as you write. Also check out our how to write like Haruki Murakami post, taking writing wisdom from his epic novel, 1Q84.

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10. Haruki Murakami & Joyce Carol Oates Get Best Nobel Odds

According to the betting site LadbrokesHaruki Murakami has 3/1 odds to win the most prestigious literary prize. Joyce Carol Oates has 6/1 odds and Alice Munro has 12/1 odds.

As literary types speculate about this year’s nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature before the official announcement, UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the prestigious prize.

Betting has been suspended on Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Michael Orthofer speculated about this change on Twitter: “Presumably too much ££ being placed on him … There isn’t a winner yet, but maybe a leak that Ngũgĩ a finalist leading to bets on him?”

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11. New Haruki Murakami Story at ‘The New Yorker’

murakamiThe New Yorker has published a new short story by Haruki Murakami, and you can read it for free online.

The short story opens as a dramatic reversal of Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. You can read a free copy of Kafka’s masterpiece for comparison. Here’s Murakami’s opening line:

He woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa.

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12. Haruki Murakami Books For Sale in Poland-Based Vending Machines

Would you ever purchase a book from a vending machine? Muzu, a publisher based in Poland, crafted and unleashed three such machines with the polish translation of Haruki Murakami's Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage for sale. According to the Haruki Murakami Stuff blog, these vending machines were set up in train stations located in Warsaw, Poznan, and Wroclaw. Follow this link to see a photo showcasing one of the vending machines. The novel first came out in Murakami's native Japan back in April 2013. Knopf, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will release the English language edition, translated by Japanese literature expert Philip Gabriel, on August 12, 2014. Upcoming4.me reports that it will also be available to United Kingdom readers on that same date.

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13. New Haruki Murakami Short Story Featured in ‘The New Yorker’

World renowned novelist Haruki Murakami has written a new short story entitled "Yesterday." Japanese literature expert Philip Gabriel served as the translator. The New Yorker has published it in their new Summer Fiction issue; thus far it has attracted 295 "favorites" on Twitter. Here's an excerpt from the piece: "As far as I know, the only person ever to put Japanese lyrics to the Beatles song 'Yesterday' (and to do so in the distinctive Kansai dialect, no less) was a guy named Kitaru. He used to belt out his own version when he was taking a bath." (via NPR)

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14. Haruki Murakami Celebrated in an Animated Video

Dr. Ilana Simons has created a short animated film celebrating Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. In a Psychology Today blog post, Simons calls him her "favorite living writer" and credits him for inspiring "grand journeys of imagination without using too many adjectives." We’ve embedded the entire film, About Haruki Murakami, above--what do you think? continued...

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15. Australian Readers Encouraged to Decorate New Haruki Murakami Book Cover

Random House Australia will include a sheet of stickers with the first edition printings of Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami.

Here’s more from the publishing house’s blog post: “[The] front cover design is an elegant abstract image representing the five main characters in the book, the close childhood friends Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Tsukuru means ‘to make’ or ‘to build’, and this is the concept behind the stickers, which encourage the reader to decorate the novel themselves.”

We’ve embedded an image featuring the sticker images below. Creative director Suzanne Dean, who designed the book jacket, commissioned five Japanese artists to create each sticker. As is the case with the U.S. and U.K. editions of this book, the publisher plans to release it on August 12, 2014.
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16. How Famous Creatives Spent Their Days: INFOGRAPHIC

Have you ever wondered how much time Les Miserables author Victor Hugo spent sleeping? Or how many hours 1Q84 author Haruki Murakami devotes to writing?

Podio has created an infographic called, “The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.” The image (embedded below) shows the day-to-day schedules of 26 famous creative professionals including Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Whether we’re working on our latest novels, paintings or compositions and stuck in ruts, or we’re novices to the creative workspace entirely, we can all benefit from seeing how Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, and Mozart spent their days — even if it is just for fun.”


Want to develop a better work routine? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their days.
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17. Haruki Murakami’s New Novel Excerpted on Slate

Haruki Murakami‘s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage comes out next month.

Slate has an excerpt of the RandomHouse  book, which is currently available for preorder. Check it out:

“I have a kind of weird story related to death. Something my father told me. He said it was an actual experience he had when he was in his early twenties. Just the age I am now. I’ve heard the story so many times I can remember every detail. It’s a really strange story—it’s hard even now for me to believe it actually happened— but my father isn’t the type to lie about something like that. Or the type who would concoct such a story. I’m sure you know this, but when you make up a story the details change each time you retell it. You tend to embellish things, and forget what you said before. … But my father’s story, from start to finish, was always exactly the same, each time he told it.”

 

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18. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Known for his beautiful, haunting, lyrical, and — at times — funny surrealistic stylings, Haruki Murakami is one of the most beloved Japanese authors in the Western world. Although infused with the pop culture of the West, his writing remains at its core firmly rooted in Japan. And as modern as his style is, his [...]

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19. How Authors & Publishing Professionals Can Use Storify

Social networks help writers, readers and publishers share stories instantly, but they don’t help us archive those stories for future reading.

The Storify platform will help you quickly preserve everything from Twitter posts to photographs to YouTube videos to news stories on a simple, informative page. Below, we’ve listed five ways authors and publishers can use Storify for literary creations.

Here’s more about the tool: “We make it easy to do [to create] by just dragging-and-dropping, creating beautiful, simple stories. We preserve all attribution and metadata for each element. We let you notify all the sources quoted in a story with one click, a great way to help it go viral. Stories with Storify are interactive, and your readers can re-Tweet or reply to the people quoted in stories. Also, Storify’s API opens up new possibilities for developers to display stories in new ways and on different devices.”

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20. Thomas Pynchon Has 10/1 Odds of Winning Nobel Prize

award.jpgAs the 2011 Nobel Prize announcement nears, the U.K. betting site Ladbrokes has posted odds for the prize–putting Thomas Pynchon at 10/1 odds to win the prize for literature.

According to Ladbrokes, the Syrian poet Adonis has the best odds (4/1) to win the award. Swedish author Tomas Transtromer has 9/2 odds and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami trails at 16/1.

Here is a brief excerpt from “The Edge of the World” by Adonis: “I release the earth and I imprison the skies. I fall down in order to stay faithful to the light, in order to make the world ambiguous, fascinating, changeable, dangerous, in order to announce the steps beyond.” (Via Guardian Books)

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21. Indies plan events for Murakami launch

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Publication Date: 
Thu, 29/09/2011 - 09:40

Independent booksellers are lining up special events for Haruki Murakami's eagerly awaited 1Q84 (Harvill Secker) with Foyles planning a midnight opening.

The book, Murakami's first since 2007's After Dark, will be published on 18th October, priced £20. It comprises volumes one and two of the story, with volume three published as a separate hardback on 25th October.

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22. Man Asian Literary Prize Longlist: Free Samples

The Man Asian Literary Prize longlist was announced today. For your reading pleasure, we’ve collected links to free samples of the books on the prestigious list.

The shortlist will be revealed in January and the winner will be announced in March.

Here’s more: “The Man Asian Literary Prize was founded in 2007. It is an annual literary award given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English, and published in the previous calendar year … The winning author is awarded USD 30,000 and the translator (if any) USD 5,000. Submissions are invited through publishers based in any country.”

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23. David Guterson Wins 2011 Bad Sex in Literature Award

David Guterson has won the Literary Review‘s Bad Sex in Literature Award for his novel, Ed King. The shortlist included books by Lee Child, Haruki Murakami and James Frey.

Washington Post book critic Ron Charles actually predicted the win in his review of the novel in early November.

Here’s more from Charles’ review: “I wouldn’t blame you for skipping this book entirely, but if you must, turn to page 236. What follows are three pages that might very well win the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex Award, including my personal ‘ick’ moment: ‘Ed smelled vulnerably digestive.’”

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24. Haruki Murakami: In Search of this Elusive Writer

For all of you Murakami fans out there, embedded below is Haruki Murakami: In Search of this Elusive Writer, an hour-long BBC documentary by Alan Yentob (presenter) and Rupert Edwards (camerawork).

According to this post about it:

Haruki Murakami holds the titles of both the most popular novelist in Japan and the most popular Japanese novelist in the wider world. After publishing Norwegian Wood in 1987, a book often called “the Japanese Catcher in the Rye,” Murakami’s notoriety exploded to such an extent that he felt forced out of his homeland, a country whose traditional ways and — to his mind — conformist mindset never sat right with him in the first place. [. . .]

Rupert Edwards’ camera follows veteran presenter Alan Yentob through Japan, from the midnight Tokyo of After Hours to the snowed-in Hokkaido of A Wild Sheep Chase, in a quest to find artifacts of the supremely famous yet media-shy novelist’s imaginary world. Built around interviews with fans and translators but thick with such Murakamiana as laid-back jazz standards, grim school hallways, sixties pop hits, women’s ears, vinyl records, marathon runners, and talking cats, the broadcast strives less to explain Murakami’s substance than to simply reflect it. If you find your curiosity piqued by all the fuss over 1Q84, Murakami’s latest, you might watch it as something of an aesthetic primer.

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25. Paperback Boxed Set Design Revealed for 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Vintage and Anchor Books art director John Gall has revealed the design for the paperback edition of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

We’ve embedded a photograph above–what do you think?

The New York Times had more details: “Gall, the art director for Vintage, designed the paperbacks to be visible through a clear plastic box, fitting together to create one image. The list price is $29.95, and Vintage will initially print 50,000 copies.” (Image link via Sarah Weinman)

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