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Four ways to celebrate Haruki Murakami tonight

By Tiffany Gibert

Murakami fans can finally buy the Japanese master’s new book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage at midnight tonight; for those anxiously counting down the hours, these bookstore fetes will help you pass the time. Though Murakami isn’t for everyone, his new novel is already a bestseller in Japan and undoubtedly one of the biggest books to be published this year—and that’s a great reason to have a party. Today also happens to be National Book Lovers Day, so whether you want to honor Murakami, books or just free snacks, we've got you covered with these four amazing events:

If you want a Murakami refresher: Go to WORD's Midnight Murakami, 10:30pm–1am

The Greenpoint bookstore encourages attendees to share their favorite passages from Murakami's oeuvre; there's still time to sign up, just e-mail your reading of choice to The store will also be serving wine and donuts to readers and listeners alike.

If you want to eat & drink: Go to Spoonbill & Sugartown's Murakami Moontime Madness, 10:30pm–1am

Your best bet for delicious treats that will keep you going well past midnight, the Williamsburg shop promises Moon Pies, a tipple or two of sake and a festive playlist packed with Murakami’s own favorite tunes.

If you want to sing: Go to Community Bookstore’s Karaoke Murakami, 9pm–1am

The Park Slope bookstore gives you an excellent reason to stay up late, hosting a night of karaoke amidst the stacks. They will also provide Japanese snacks, beer and a limited number of signed copies of Colorless Tsukuru to be raffled off.

If you want it all: Go to Three Lives & Company's Murakami Midnight Madness, 8:00pm–1am

Music? Check? A raffle for signed copies? Check. Food? Check. The charming West Village bookshop hosts a Murakami extravaganza all evening so you can eat, drink or dance away the waiting.


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