TOKYO (AP) — Japanese author Haruki Murakami has a remedy for those who need relaxation from stress and worries in a pandemic — bossa nova.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami says politicians need to help reduce public uncertainty and fear over the coronavirus and gain people's support by speaking sincerely about the...
TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the...
TOKYO (AP) — A monkey that confesses he steals women's identity cards, causing them to temporarily forget who they are, starred Tuesday as author Haruki Murakami marked 40 years since his debut as...
TOKYO (AP) — The works receiving one of Japan's most coveted literary awards, the Naoki Prize, have something new in common: For the first time in 85 years, all six of the nominated authors are...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legislators have rejected a bill that would have required teachers to notify parents and students before teaching with literature deemed "obscene."
Democrats and Republicans on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee unanimously rejected the measure Monday. The bill would have allowed teachers to be prosecuted criminally if they taught materials that were violent or sexually explicit without notifying parents and students.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker who says she was upset by the contents of a Haruki Murakami novel being read by her teenage son is now trying to ban "obscene" books from the state's public schools.
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TOKYO (AP) — Haruki Murakami is planning an archive at his Japanese alma mater that will include drafts of his best-selling novels, his translation work and his massive collection of music. Murakami, 69, began writing after graduating from Waseda University in 1975, and his latest novel, "Killing Commendatore," recently hit U.S. bookstores.
TOKYO (AP) — Haruki Murakami is planning an archive at his Japanese alma mater that will include drafts of his best-selling novels, his translation work and his massive collection of music, a personal passion that has been a key part of his stories.
"I'm more than happy if those materials can contribute in any way for those who want to study my works," the Japanese writer said at a news conference with officials at Waseda University, where the library and archive will be housed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Steven Yeun is getting some of highest acclaim of his career, and awards buzz, for the South Korean film "Burning," a lyrical and anxious adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story "Barn Burning." But it almost didn't happen, at least with Yeun.
In the smoldering centerpiece of Chang-dong Lee's masterly "Burning" — a mournful cry of a movie — a young, tragic South Korean woman named Haemi (an exquisite Jun Jong-seo) dances before two men at twilight while Miles Davis floats bluely from a nearby car radio. The Korean countryside stretches northward behind her. Her arms sway low and then high.
TOKYO (AP) — Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn't know how they'll end.
The Japanese author behind global best-sellers like his latest, "Killing Commendatore" hosted a special radio show on Sunday. He said he starts writing without deciding how the story should end. Ideas pop up as he writes, and he goes with the flow while the stories take shape.
TOKYO (AP) — Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show featuring some of his favorite songs he runs to, says writing novels is about rhythm, as in music and running.
PRAGUE (AP) — Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize.
An international jury selected Atwood in May as the winner of the annual literary award, which is handed out by the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society.
Atwood was in Prague on Tuesday to receive the award, a small statue of Kafka by Czech artist Jaroslav Rona and a cash prize of $10,000.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — After two consecutive years of unconventional choices for the Nobel Literature Prize, observers are wondering if the Swedish Academy's adventurous streak will continue.
Haruki Murakami of Japan, whose works fuse the realistic and the fantastic, and Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o, whose political work forced him to leave for the United States, are seen as top contenders for the 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize being awarded Thursday.
TOKYO (AP) — Fans of Haruki Murakami rushed to Japanese bookstores Friday to get his latest work with an esoteric title.
"Kishidancho Goroshi," or "Killing Commendatore," is a two-part story about a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens after his wife divorces him and he moves into an old house on a mountainside west of Tokyo. The mysterious events include meeting a neighbor and finding the painting that shares the book's title.
TOKYO (AP) — Haruki Murakami's new book has a title, though its content remains a mystery.
"Kishidancho Goroshi," or "Killing Commendatore," will hit Japanese bookstores on Feb. 24, the book's publisher, Shinchosha Publishing Co. said Tuesday. Overseas availability isn't yet known.
Shinchosha said the book will have two parts, with the Japanese subtitles meaning "Emerging Ideas" and "Moving Metaphor."
The esoteric titles suggest a contrast from the past works by the acclaimed best-selling writer.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami warned against excluding outsiders and rewriting history as he accepted the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.
Murakami spoke Sunday in Odense, Denmark, the birthplace of Andersen, the 19th-century fairy-tale writer. His speech, titled "The Meaning of Shadows," cited Andersen's dark fantasy "The Shadow," a story about a scholar who loses his shadow but is eventually taken over by it and killed.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scientists, peacemakers and economists have had their moment. Now it's time for a man or woman of letters to bask in Nobel glory.
The Swedish Academy will reveal the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, capping this year's award announcements.
As in previous years, Japanese author Haruki Murakami and Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o top Nobel betting lists ahead of the announcement.