Friday, 28 January 2011

Release date for the English version of 1Q84 set at last!

Finally, the official release date for 1Q84 in English has been set for October 25, 2011. If you follow Knopf's Haruki Murakami Facebook page, you'll no doubt have already seen this, but Paul Bogaards, Knopf's publicity director, revealed the date on Twitter yesterday. As you know, it was originally published in Japanese in three separate volumes. Knopf's English edition will contain all three books in a single volume. Book One and Two, translated by Jay Rubin, and Book Three by Philip Gabriel. As well, when asked whether the English version would be cut down at all in translation, as The Wind-up Bird Chronicle was, Paul Bogaards replied, "It will be the whole magilla." Good news, indeed!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Welcome to the challenge

Welcome everyone to the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011. If you haven't seen the sign-up list lately, we're up to over 400 people now that have joined the challenge to read at least one book by Haruki Murakami this year. Wow! Thanks must go to Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books, the English publishers of Murakami's books, who mentioned this challenge on their Haruki Murakami Facebook Fan Page. I know many of you found your way here due to that, or also from the Salon.com article, Be a Better Reader in 2011. Thank you as well to everyone who has added one of the challenge buttons, or mentioned the challenge, on their own blogs or other personal sites. It's great to see your enthusiasm, and what has been most exciting for me is to see how truly beloved Murakami is worldwide. People from all over the world have signed up and I love that this has become such an international reading challenge! The power of literature to cross boundaries! There's no deadline for joining, so you're more than welcome to sign-up anytime.