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Short story discussion: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami, one of Japan’s most acclaimed living writers, was born in 1949 in Kyoto, the son of a Buddhist priest. In 1978 Murakami was watching a baseball game between the Yakult Swallows and the Hiroshima Carp when Dave Hilton, an American, came to bat. The instant Hilton hit a double, Murakami suddenly realized his life’s vocation. He went home and began writing that night.

“The six stories in After the Quake are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.”*

Haruki Murakami

The Library Book Club will meet on April 23 to discuss After the Quake. The Library has several copies available for check out, and an excerpt of the first one, “ufo in Kushiro” is available on the author’s website.

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts: https:plus.google.comhangouts_eventc0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.
For more information about this or other literature events at the Library, see the Library Book Club webpage, or contact Harold Henkel at

*Biographical and book information are taken from Haruki Murakami’s official website: http:www.harukimurakami.com