New Murakami Publishing Date and Cover Revealed!

Random House Australia has announced the release date of Haruki Murakami’s latest book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage, along with a beautiful cover reveal! We’ll let them tell you more about it…

Readers around the world have been eagerly anticipating Murakami’s next book since the English-language publication of his bestselling epic, 1Q84, in 2011. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage was published to great acclaim in Japan in April 2013, selling one million copies in the first week. Newly released in Germany, Spain and Holland, it has topped the bestsellers lists in all three countries.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage will be available in hardback and ebook on 12th August 2014, translated into English from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.

‘Stage one of the cover reveals an elegant abstract design, representing the five main characters and close childhood friends Mr. Red, Mr Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Tsukuru means to make or build, and this is an integral part of the second stage of our cover to be revealed at a later date.’

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (The welcome return of the big, fat literary novel)

Those who think there is no room in the current market for lengthy literary novels will feel pretty silly when Murakami’s new novel 1Q84 breaks all sales records. This book has already sold a million copies in Japan. A million copies, people.

Even so, I bet there are some pretty nervous publishing types awaiting the launch date of the English language edition. Murakami has been offering up trendy little literary novels for years now. He has a great following among hip nerds and nerdy hipsters. But this new book looks to be as big as all of the others put together.

We all know that publishers are doing it tough. The intellectual and emotional needs of society are being met by the tiny grabs of information offered by TV, film, the Internet, newspapers and radio. But then the vast majority of literate people have never been regular readers of books. Books just can’t say what they have to say quickly enough to satisfy the needs of the majority. In this climate, publishing a fat literary book, like 1Q84, looks like suicide.

It’s easy to forget that publishing has always been an industry perched on the edge of oblivion. Traditionally, no publisher has ever felt secure. They have only ever been one or Continue reading

Jane Sullivan, author of Little People, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Jane Sullivan

author of Little People

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

In London. I went to George Eliot primary school, North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where I studied English literature and attempted to learn Anglo-Saxon irregular verbs. I did an inspirational report on George Eliot at primary school complete with my own drawings of the great novelist, so I knew she was a lady with a long nose, but I never actually read any of her books until the last 10 years or so.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve: a novelist. At eighteen: a writer of some sort who could make a living, because by then I suspected most novelists were very poor. At thirty: a top journalist who travelled a lot and made lots of money.  It sounded dashing and glamorous and scary and I’d just come to Australia to work on The Age. I did get to make a living out of Continue reading

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