JETAANY Book Club Virtual Discussion of Ryu Murakami’s “Audition”

JETAANY Book Club Virtual Discussion

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

Via Zoom:

Admission: Free

The JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) is hosting its first virtual Book Club discussion of the COVID-19 era. The meeting will take place on Zoom and focus on the book Audition by Ryu Murakami. Cinephiles may recognize this as the source material for the 1999 cult film by the same name. The book is a quick read, but you can still join the discussion even if you haven’t finished reading by the time the meeting begins.

How to Join:

Click the meeting link:
or log onto Zoom and use Meeting ID: 216 688 778.

Please note: In the interest of safety and security, this link is password-protected. Send an email to to indicate you are attending and to receive the password.

Synopsis (from

In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don’t intend to produce.

As the résumés pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama’s attention―Yamasaki Asami―a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. Blinded by his instant and total infatuation, Aoyama is too late in discovering that she is a far cry from the innocent young woman he imagines her to be.

The novel’s fast-paced, thriller conclusion doesn’t spare the reader as Yamasaki takes off her angelic mask and reveals what lies beneath.

About Ryu Murakami

Not to be confused with the other Murakami (Haruki), 68-year-old Ryu Murakami is a native of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. In 1976 he won the Akutagawa Prize, which recognizes the best literary stories by new or rising authors, for his first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, about promiscuity and drug use among a group of young people. His other works focus on brutally violent themes in contemporary Japanese society.


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.

The JETAANY Book Club is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading. Feel free to join this casual, nonjudgmental discussion!

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