Header Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi for The New Yorker, "Abandoning My Cat"

Discuss Haruki Murakami’s Short Stories in The New Yorker at JETAANY’s Book Club Meeting

JETAANY Book Club: Haruki Murakami x The New Yorker

Tuesday, July 7 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Live via Zoom

Admission: Free

The JET Alumni Association of New York’s Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss a few of fan favorite Haruki Murakami’s short stories published in The New Yorker.

Since access to libraries, book stores, and timely home delivery is limited at this time, the JETAANY Book Club will tackle some short works available online. If you have access to The New Yorker magazine, read any or all of Murakami’s recent contributions here.

Selected Reading List

“Scheherazade” October 2014
“Kino” February 2015
“The Wind Cave” August 2018
“Cream” January 2019
“Abandoning a Cat” September 2019
“With the Beatles” February 2020
“Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey” June 2020

The meetings are informal, so fix yourself some dinner and pour yourself a drink.

Register through Zoom at https://bit.ly/3eQQ9ax to receive the meeting information.

Header Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi for The New Yorker, "Abandoning My Cat"
Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi for The New Yorker, “Abandoning My Cat”

Next JETAANY Book Club Selection – August/September

IQ by Joe Ide

The first in a series of detective novels by Joe Ide, a Japanese American writer originally from South Central Los Angeles, IQ follows Isaiah Quintabe, an unlicensed detective who does detective work in a crime-ridden, ethnically diverse LA neighborhood.

From Joe Ide’s website:

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.

A high school dropout, Isaiah Quintabe has an unassuming nature that disguises a ferocious intelligence. Most people call him IQ. Word has gotten around: If you’ve got a problem, Isaiah will take care of it, his rates adjustable to your income or lack thereof.

Because of his unconventional business model, cash is getting tight for Isaiah, forcing him to take on the case of a rap mogul whose life is in danger. The list of suspects includes a socially inept marksman who never misses, a crew of hangers-on that conceals at least one man with a dangerous agenda, and an attack dog the size of a horse. IQ finds his investigation encompassing much more than he bargained for.

No one expects a kid from East Long Beach to have what Isaiah’s packing–a blistering intellect, an incredible sense of perception, and some serious skills behind the wheel.

It all adds up to one major advantage: When you come from nothing, nobody sees you coming.”


The JET Alumni Association of New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that draws upon its diverse membership in the tri-state area to promote the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, foster a community for its ever-growing vibrant alumni association, and host programs and events promoting Japanese culture and understanding. For more information, please visit JETAANY’s website(Disclosure: The author serves on JETAANY’s Board of Directors.)

The JETAANY Book Club is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading.

RSVP or direct your questions on the JETAANY Book Club Facebook event page or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany[dot]org.

Featured illustration by Emiliano Ponzi for The New Yorker, “Abandoning My Cat”


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