You can be among the first to get hold of the new book — snappily titled Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (did he get bored of brevity with 1Q84?) — at either of these midnight events:
- Wood Green's Big Green Bookshop is holding a mammoth party starting 7.30pm on 11 August, with authors Evie Wyld and Stuart Evers, and publisher Scott Pack, talking about the man and reading from his work. There's also a Japanese dinner and a screening of I Hired a Contract Killer by Aki Kaurismäki, Murakami's favourite film director. Tickets cost £32 (early bird price) with a copy of the book or £20 without a copy of the book. But why wouldn't you want a copy of the book? (Read on.)
- Foyles on Charing Cross Road has a free midnight mingling session with jazz and drinks, starting at 11.15pm on 11 August, with the tills jingling open at midnight.
If you can hold on until 30 August and you're willing to get to Waterstones Piccadilly early, you can buy a copy and get it signed by the man himself. We do mean early though — only the first 200 will get to meet Murakami. If you're one of the lucky ones, do try not to have a meltdown in front of him.
Update: there's another event happening on 26 August at the Japan Foundation on Russell Square. Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen of Newcastle University will explore some of the connections and meanings between colours and characters throughout Murakami's work of Haruki Murakami, including Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and Norwegian Wood. Free, prebook, 6.30pm