Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Murakami is coming to Berkeley

This just in! Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, who rarely makes public appearances, will be speaking at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall on October 11. Tickets go on sale August 10. His reading and lecture in Japanese and English will be followed by a conversation with A Wild Haruki Chase: Reading Murakami Around the World contributor Roland Kelts. Sue Gilmore of the Contra Costa Times (and also of related papers, such as the Mercury News), was so excited to learn of Murakami's speaking engagement that "her world brightened" when she heard the news. She also gives a great shout out to A Wild Haruki Chase in that article. Thanks, Sue!

During the discussion between Kelts and Murakami, we're sure many of the issues discussed in A Wild Haruki Chase will arise, so get your copy today, bring it to your book group, read it on the BART, and start thinking of the best questions you can.

The word on the street is that there will be an academic discussion about Murakami's work the following day, including a presentation by translator (and A Wild Haruki Chase contributor) Jay Rubin. We'll post more info soon. Both events are presented in association with our friends at the Center for Japanese Studies.