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Haruki Murakami’s next book to go public in April

Haruki Murakami: Very few writers have the ability to conjure feelings of nostalgia and magical realism with their words.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is sometimes the first author that springs to mind, but in the past several decades, another contemporary has developed a reputation.

Without a doubt, Haruki Murakami is one of literature’s most underappreciated writers.

Despite receiving less accolades for his film adaptations than his predecessors, Murakami has developed a cult following even outside of Japan.

Following the announcement that he would release his first book in six years in April, fans will be anxious to see what he can concoct with words.

The announcement

According to a statement issued by Shinchosha Publishing on Wednesday, Haruki Murakami’s most recent novel will be published in 2023.

The famous publisher announced that the book would be released on April 13, where it has its headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

The title of the book and specific storyline details were also left out.

The next Murakami book will cost $22 or ¥2,970, according to Shinchosha.

Additionally, they said that the e-book version will also be distributed on the same day.

What we know

It is uncertain when the Haruki Murakami book will be translated and published, revealed Shinchosha.

They reached the presumption that the book will include 1,200 Japanese text pages, but they cannot divulge the title.

The publisher hasn’t made a decision about the novel’s page count either.

Last work

2017 saw the release of Haruki Murakami’s last novel.

Prior to release, Killing Commendatore’s contents were kept a secret at the author’s request.

Murakami encouraged people to read the book blindly, according to Shinchosha at the time.

Major Tokyo book stores stayed open late for the 2017 book launch to allow customers to get a copy right away.

The Idea Made Visible and The Shifting Metaphor are the two stories that make up Killing Commendatore.

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The 704-page English translation was produced by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen as a single volume.

In 2018, Alfred A. Knopf published the translated book in the US.

The protagonist of the novel, a painter, decides to abandon his job and embark on a road trip after his wife leaves him.

He accepts a position as a teacher of art, promises to complete a commission for a painting, and encounters a fascinating “Idea” along the road.


Japanese author Haruki Murakami is highly acclaimed for his short stories, novels, and essays.

He has won several honors for his work, such as:

  • The Gunzo Prize for New Writers
  • The World Fantasy Award
  • The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
  • The Franz Kafka Prize
  • The Jerusalem Prize

Hear the Wind Sing, Murakami’s debut book, was released in 1979.

Since then, he has released various books and anthologies of short stories.

The novels of the Japanese author have also been made into motion pictures.

Some of his writings have been adapted into the following movies:

  • Hear the Song of the Wind (1982)
  • Tony Takitani (2004)
  • Norwegian Wood (2010)
  • Burning (2018)
  • Hanalei Bay (2018)
  • Drive My Car (2021)


Murakami primarily employs the traditional Japanese I-novel style when writing first-person narratives.

The author particularly enjoys writing in the magic realism subgenre.

Readers admire Haruki Murakami’s writing because he frequently alludes to pop culture.

Several of his pieces also borrow ideas or titles from songs or classical works.

The author admitted that some of the characters in his works make comments on how things are going and seem to be going through similar things to him.

In other words, it resembles entering a film set where almost everything is a set prop.

Many of Haruki Murakami’s fans will be eager to read the tale that unfolds in his upcoming novel, which is anticipated to be published this year.

Research Behind Modern Mentorship: Inside ‘Super Mentors’ and the Networks of the World’s Most Successful People

“You’ve just got to put yourself out there,” is popular advice for today’s ambitious job seeker. Go to more networking events, participate in mentor matching sessions, send cold emails for informational interviews, and countless other pieces of advice all built around “putting yourself out there” to open doors. 

“That’s all advice from the 1950s,” says Eric Koester, author of the book Super Mentors: The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Asking Extraordinary People for Help. “The shotgun approach to finding your one true mentor is so played out. It just doesn’t work anymore.” 

Research finds that only a third of us have mentors, a woeful stat that is only made starker when you realize that three-quarters of us say mentoring is very important to our success.  

“A lot of what we’ve taught about mentorship is based around making people behave more extraverted, or putting themselves out there more,” Koester says. “If you’re shy or an introvert, you just need to ‘get over it.’ That’s this antiquated idea that if you don’t have a mentor you aren’t trying hard enough. But what we found is that that’s incorrect. It’s not about putting yourself out there. It’s about pulling people in.”

Super Mentors describes the framework to modern mentorship as “aiming higher, asking smaller, and doing it again and again.” Koester tells people to stop seeking a mentor. Instead, start a project, and invite people to be a part of it. 

“Projects are the magnet for casual mentors,” Koester says. “It’s a way to create the context for your engagement rather than just ‘picking their brain’ or ‘asking for career advice.’ This old idea of putting yourself out there and hoping a mentor takes you under their wing has been replaced with the idea of creating projects that attract others to join.” 

Koester has studied some of the most successful people to understand how they created the mentor relationships that transformed their lives — their Super Mentors. As he details in the book, these relationships were driven by the mentee (not the mentor), typically revolved around a collaborative project, and usually accelerated after a series of smaller interactions. 

“Some of my most successful students who have leveraged these approaches are introverts,” Koester says. “We tell people to just reach out willy-nilly, when it’s much easier to scope the relationship around something. Want to know more sports agents to get a job in sports management? Create a podcast to interview them. Want to work in the entertainment industry? Create a conference around entertainment and NFTs to invite speakers from the industry. Want to break into venture capital? Write a book that lets you interview VCs as part of your research. You’ll find that people love to help out when they know it’s easy for them and helpful to you.” 

Super Mentors was written after Koester saw the impact of his unique approach to teaching in the classroom, helping thousands of his students accelerate their careers and trajectories through these ideas. Ultimately, it led to the book he hopes finds its way to many of today’s most ambitious individuals. 

Koester’s collaborator Adam Saven has seen this change firsthand in watching how students and learners leverage their technology-driven mentoring platform. 

“In our work at PeopleGrove, we’ve seen countless connections fall flat because the mentee wasn’t prepared. They met with a knowledge-sharer because they knew it was the right thing to do, but they didn’t have a plan beyond that. On the other hand, we’ve seen countless success stories where the mentee builds a game plan and creates a powerful connection that moves them past the inflection point and towards opportunity. What I love about the insights behind Super Mentors is it outlines that game plan and gives learners the tools they need to create dozens of these connections.” 

They share that most people who don’t currently have a mentor reported having a poor experience with prior mentors, citing poor fit, a lack of follow-up, and unclear outcomes from the relationship. Whereas, those with mentors reported receiving an opportunity such as an introduction, a job interview, a collaborative project, or another specific way to work together on something. It’s that insight that led the authors to push people away from broad-based mentors and to seek starting projects to attract casual mentors. 

“We know mentors matter to success and most people want a mentor,” Koester says. “But we don’t just want a mentor; we want someone who can open a door for you, provide an introduction, or move your resume to the top of the pile. And that rarely comes from just putting yourself out there more. We need to show people the reality that they can have a Super Mentor, but not by just continuing to do what used to work.” 

Whether you’re an executive or a recent college graduate, you’ll find wisdom and inspiration in Super Mentors. It’s a book you can read and consume quickly or one you can work through chapter by chapter applying the lessons in your life. You’ll be certain to see why what worked in the past no longer does, and why there’s a new path ahead for modern mentoring that is accessible to us all.

Erica Jones Unveils Debut Children’s Book ‘Ready, Set, Bet’ Helping Children Acquire Lifelong Skills Through a Meaningful Story

A child’s developmental years are crucial; hence, growing children deserve the best kind of education and entertainment that suits their every need. “Ready, Set, Bet” is a colorful children’s book by Erica Jones that is both educational and entertaining. Ready Set Bet Big Dog and Little Cat Race to Get Cheese Pizza is a delightful storybook that involves two main characters, Big Dog and Little Cat, along with many other animal characters. Big Dog is very tech-savvy and enjoys utilizing technology for about everything. Little Cat, on the other hand, is an amazingly simple cat who enjoys a more traditional way of problem-solving. 

Together they will teach children how to problem solve as well as complete tasks using two different methods teaching them to reach their goals.

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Erica Jones has always been very intrigued by cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Garfield, and other animals’ characters. “There was something very captivating about animal characters that possessed human-like characteristics,” explained the renowned author. 

At the age of seven, she picked up a pencil and began creating characters of her own which eventually developed into a deep passion for art and drawing. Erica would study art and practice her craft every chance she would get, turning to the history of art and completely falling in love with artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso at the age of thirteen. She would then start experimenting with different art styles such as Modern Art, Photorealism, Pop Art, and more.

She discovered that she had a deep interest in Editorial and Illustrative Cartoons. In no time, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her associate degree in Graphic Design and Interactive Multimedia. Her relentless passion for art eventually blossomed into a dream, culminating in her decision to pursue a career in becoming a children’s author and illustrator. 

After witnessing the ongoing violence and senseless crimes rampant in her city, Erica Jones became even more adamant about using her talent for good. So, she decided to create a line of children’s books that focused on critical thinking, problem-solving, and healthy competition. “I feel that these are very important life skills that are starting to diminish,” explained Erica. 

Thus, her debut children’s book “Ready, Set, Bet” was born. The book provides children with not just a storybook but also educational flashcards that allow them to answer various questions regarding the story using actual scenes from the book. “Ready, Set, Bet” was created with a rigid learning system with various developmental steps that aid in learning and keep the child engaged. This combines children’s entertainment with education, allowing them to develop holistically and pick up valuable life lessons as they continue to read on. 

“By this time, children began utilizing a different area of their brains that fosters critical thinking while prompting a smooth transition in assisting the child with the ability to increase their attention spans with the properly guided speed,” said Erica Jones. Furthermore, “Ready, Set, Bet” also offers a coloring and activity book that will allow children to feel a sense of satisfaction by allowing them to release healthy endorphins.

The last step in the system is a reward system which makes the child feel accomplished, strengthening the child’s confidence. 

Soon, Erica Jones hopes to lead larger projects, including spreading her positive message and attending wonderful events that support early childhood education. “I also see myself becoming a proud author and illustrator with fifteen volumes under my belt. I see this program being converted into an educational television show reaching children all around the world,” shared the esteemed author.

Barbara Crump Tells Her Story of Growth and Success in New Book

When life gave her challenges, Barbara Crump did not give up. Despite all the fear in her life, she kept moving forward. Today, she is a nurse practitioner, a Ph.D. degree holder, and now a published author. Her book, titled From GED to Ph.D.: My Journey Toward Becoming an Extraordinary Woman shares her story of growth and reinvention with individuals all over the world who may need a little help on their journey to self-discovery.

Barbara Crump has always felt fear as she was growing up. She said, “I have spent my entire life wondering why fear was so prevalent in me. I am still trying to find out why.” The challenges she faced shaped her life. At first, she had trouble responding and adapting to her circumstances, but eventually, she found her footing and was able to turn her life around.

This new author was a teenage mother, and that responsibility at a young age filled her with fear. As a result, she dropped out of high school, which caused a ripple effect of limitations in her life. As a teen mother, she got to know herself better. Becoming a parent influenced Barbara Crump’s desire to set an excellent example for her child. “I wanted to be a better person,” Barbara explained. “I wanted to take control of my life to build a better future for my child and me.”

Barbara Crump knew that the key to a better life and future was education. “Even though I was filled with fear, I decided to work on getting my GED. That was only the first step. I may have dropped out of high school, but once I decided to go back to school, I found that the learning never stops,” Barbara explained.

After obtaining her GED, Barbara Crump went on to pursue a degree in nursing. She is a registered nurse, an adult nurse practitioner licensed in New York and New Jersey, and an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner. Barbara also has a doctorate in Nursing Research. 

In her book, From GED to Ph.D.: My Journey Toward Becoming an Extraordinary Woman, Barbara Crump shares her experience, from the good to the bad, the challenges she went through, and the success she has achieved. She said, “My book is part of my personal learning process. It is helping me to pull everything, good and bad, out of my subconscious. It is helping me be more secure within myself, and most importantly, as I write my story, I am learning to love myself.” 

Barbara Crump hopes her story can inspire many individuals who felt stuck at one point in their lives. “Being a better person does not happen overnight,” Barbara said, “Despite all my years spent pursuing an education, I am still learning about the things in life that can make me a better person, and I want other people to know that they should never stop learning.”

From GED to Ph.D.: My Journey Toward Becoming an Extraordinary Woman is a beautifully written account of one woman’s life and how she decided to turn her life around and change for the better. From a high school dropout to a Ph.D. holder, Barbara Crump proves that a person can always improve their circumstances in life as long they are willing to put in the work. 

“I was at rock bottom. But I knew I could do more,” she said. “How did I get here with all my limitations and challenges? God must truly have a purpose for me. And I held on to my faith and worked diligently to turn my life around. It can be done. And I hope everyone who reads my book will feel inspired to start making affirmative changes in their life.”