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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.