Monday August 11th 7.30pm-midnight
A Very Special Evening celebrating Haruki Murakami's New Novel.
+With very special guests+
£32 Including Book (early bird price) BUY TICKETS HERE.
£20 Without Book BUY TICKETS HERE.
The new novel by Haruki Murakami is being published in the
UK in August.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, which has already topped the charts in
Germany, Spain and Holland, will be published in the UK on August 12th. The book sold one million copies in its first week on sale in Japanlast April,
" Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'.
Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone.
But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago."
The book is strictly embargoed. It will only be available to buy from midnight on August 11/12th. We love Murakami at the Big Green Bookshop and so we're holding a special night to celebrate, culminating in the book being available to take home at midnight.
We have secured copies of the very special first edition of the book, which will include
If you can't make it for the evening, but would like a copy of the first edition with the stickers they are available HERE (FREE P+P).
The evening will run as follows;
7.30pm Doors open. Guests can enjoy a drink and a browse (sake will be available, as well as wine, beer and soft drinks).
7.45pm Stuart Evers presents "The Murakami Lectures".
Stuart is the author of the short story collection "Ten Stories about Smoking" which won the London Award. His latest novel "If This is Home" is published by Picador.
A huge Murakami fan (Stuart introduced me to the great man's work when we worked together in the '90s), Stuart will present "The Murakami Lectures" a light hearted homage to the great man.
Traditional Japanese food will be served, by specialist local caterers. The menu will include;
- Futomaki (thick sushi rolls).
- Temaki (hand rolled sushi cones).
- Miso Soup (a traditional Japanese soup, consisting of a stock called Dashi, in which is mixed Miso paste. Other ingredients change seasonally).
- Gyoza (traditional meat or vegetable dumplings usually eaten with a dipping sauce).
9.00pm Evie Wyld
Our second special guest is the brilliant Evie Wyld whose latest novel "All The Birds Singing" has become a multi award winner, having won The Encore Award (ahead of Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton) a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and just a couple of weeks ago winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
She'll be reading an exclusive extract from "Colorless Tsukuru...", to whet your appetites
9.30pm "When Scott met Haruki"
Scott Pack, author, Friday Project publisher and blogger (Me and My Big Mouth), has met the illusive Haruki Murakami on four occasions. Scott will tell us stories (and there are some fabulous ones) from these meetings.
10.00pm Film - I Hired a Contract Killer
We'll be showing a film by Aki Kaurismäki, Murakami's favouirte film director, the dark comedy "I Hired a Contract Killer".
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to murder him at some unspecified time in the future. But almost immediately he meets and falls in love with Margaret, a flower-seller, which makes Henri realise that his life has some meaning after all. But when he goes back to the bar to cancel the contract, he finds it has been demolished - and there's no way he can get in touch with the killer...
At midnight, we will then be able to give each guest a copy of the book, which they can take home.
What an epic night this promises to be.
Book tickets early, as these evenings have proved incredibly popular in the past and have sold out very quickly.