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Haruki Murakami will DJ a Japanese radio show about his running music

The celebrated surrealist writer will be on Tokyo FM on Aug. 5, 2018.
Haruki Murakami is pictured outside Hans Christian Andersen's house in Odense, on Oct. 30, 2016. (Henning Bagger/AFP/Getty Images)

Celebrated surrealist Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will DJ one episode of a radio program for Tokyo FM on Aug. 5, 2018, The Japan Times reports.

Chisato Tanaka of The Japan Times writes that Murakami will air music that he listens to while jogging, dive into his extensive CD and record collection and share his thoughts on running, music and literature.

The author rarely does television or radio interviews, so this news is particularly exciting for Murakami's avid readership. His next novel is coming out in October and is called Killing Commendatore.

The 69-year-old is famously a lifelong musicophile and owned a jazz bar for seven years before becoming a writer. His body of work makes frequent references to music — from Beethoven to the Beach Boys — and in 2016 he published the book Absolutely on Music, a collection of conversations with former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa.

In between writing international bestsellers like Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and 1Q84, Murakami is a marathon runner and triathlete. In his memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Murakami talks about the impact of running on his life, his passion for music and his successes and failures in writing.

Throughout his celebrated career, Murakami has received many international honours, like the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, Franz Kafka Prize and World Fantasy Award.

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