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Doubleday Canada Fall 2021

Murakami T
The T-Shirts I Love
By (author): Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami


Bond Street Books



Product Form:



General / adult
Nov 23, 2021
$29.95 CAD


7in x 5.62 x 0.79 in | 0.98 lb

Page Count:

192 pages
Doubleday Canada
Bond Street Books
TARGET CONSUMER: Haruki Murakami’s millions of fans; readers of Murakami’s The Strange Library, Absolutely on Music, and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running; fashion lovers (particularly streetwear and Japanese street fashion).

The international literary icon opens his eclectic closet: Here are photographs of Murakami’s extensive and personal T-shirt collection, accompanied by essays that reveal a side of the writer rarely seen by the public. 

Considered “the world’s most popular cult novelist” (The Guardian), Haruki Murakami has written books that have galvanized millions around the world. Many of his fans know about his 10,000-vinyl-record collection, and his obsession with running, but few have heard about a more intimate, and perhaps more unique, passion: his T-shirt-collecting habit.

In Murakami T, the famously reclusive novelist shows us his T-shirts—including gems from the Springsteen on Broadway show in NYC, to the Beach Boys concert in Honolulu, to the shirt that inspired the beloved short story “Tony Takitani.” Accompanied by short, frank essays that have been translated into English for the first time, these photographs reveal much about Murakami’s multifaceted and wonderfully eccentric persona.

AUTHOR: A perennial favorite for the Nobel Prize, Murakami is “a cultural force unto himself” (AV Club). In The New York Times Book Review, it was declared that he “invented 21st-century fiction.” Each new book is greeted with huge excitement, and his fans—“Harukists”—will no doubt be driven to this personal book.

FOR STREETWEAR LOVERS: Streetwear fashion—specifically, vintage and/or Japanese brands—has become immensely popular in the U.S. Murakami T will certainly appeal to those collectors.

GIFT BOOK: Murakami T promises to be a great holiday gift for book lovers, quirky collectors, and Murakami’s fans. Illustrations and full-color photographs are included throughout.

NEW MATERIAL FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE AUDIENCE: Other than the foreword, all the essays, though previously published in Japan, will be translated into English here for the first time.

ONLINE PRESENCE: Murakami’s Facebook fan page has more than 1.3 million fans who avidly follow news about every publication. His official website is managed by Vintage at harukimurakami.com.

MORE MURAKAMI: We are publishing his new short story collection First Person Singular in April 2021. Looking forward, we are planning to publish Novelist as a Vocation in Fall 2022, and a new translation of Hard-Boiled Wonderland, with a new intro by the author, in Spring 2023.

Author Bio: HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2016.

Author Residence: Tokyo

Author Hometown: Kyoto, Japan

“In this collection of beguiling pieces novelist Murakami…reflects on his collection of T-shirts and the comfortable, quippy, and blithely consumerist aspects of life they represent…. Murakami’s many fans will eat up this charming ramble.” Publishers Weekly

“This lively peek into his collection provides some surprising insights into the humble, real Murakami…. A playful, witty, nostalgic journey with an acclaimed novelist.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Murakami’s charming, utterly self-effacing eccentricity—one of the hallmarks of his fiction—shines brightly here.” Booklist

“Mr. Murakami takes readers through a sartorial journey, sharing memories and musings through the lens of the clothes he has accumulated over the years.” —Anna P. Kambhampaty, The New York Times

Murakami T: The T-shirts I Love is part ode, part exhibit that reads with restrained affection for his accidental accumulations…. The diaristic entries have the simplicity of a show-and-tell, with Murakami’s spare prose offering a material history of his closet…. Haruki Murakami’s understated love letters to his T-shirts convey how we give life to our things and vice versa.” —The Atlantic

“[Murakami T] is undeniably a somewhat eccentric book. But it’s also very likeable one… . The overall effect is not unlike sharing a conversation with a genial bloke in a bar.” —Reader’s Digest (UK)

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