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Hey Murakami Fans

Friday, November 18th, 2011

It’s not too late to raise your hand for a signed first edition of 1Q84 by entering our “Ten Things” contest. There were fewer than 300 of these signed books produced, and they feature different versions of the author’s autograph.

(Check it out: here are three Murakami fans at an opening night party in Brooklyn – each happy reader got a different version of the signed first edition.)


We’ve already gotten some great “Ten Things” contest submissions, and we’ve also gotten some desperate pleas for more time.

We get it. Rome wasn’t built in a day, War and Peace wasn’t written in a day, and 1Q84 can’t be read in a day. (Though actually if anyone thinks they CAN read 1Q84 in one day, that could be a whole other contest.) And super creative “Ten Things” lists can’t just be written at the drop of a hat.  

So (drumroll please) we are officially extending the deadline for the “Ten Things Haruki Murakami Made Me Think Of” Contest until December 31st, 2011. Unplug the phone, kick off your shoes, pour yourself some sake, and write up an entry. If Santa doesn’t make you happy this holiday season, maybe Alfred A. Knopf can.

Full contest details are here, and as before please send all submissions to us at

Calling All Haruki Murakami Fans…

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

1Q84 cover

Introducing the “Ten Things Haruki Murakami Made Me Think Of” Contest, which is open to you and your customers, and yours to share via e-newsletters, Twitter, and your extremely interesting websites.

Because we know you’re dying to write this newsletter copy: “Win a free first edition of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, signed by the author!”

How it works: send us a “Top Ten List” inspired by Murakami’s writing, and we’ll post it here on Bluestone.

Sample ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

 *          10 jazz pieces you could actually listen to while running

*           10 writers that Murakami has not translated (but we wish he would)

*           10 film actors who would be great at playing Murakami characters

*           10 best cat names inspired by Murakami novels

Ten winners will be selected based on creativity, and the level to which we’re jealous we didn’t think of the idea ourselves. Each winner will receive a a signed first edition of 1Q84, published by Knopf.

(We don’t have to tell you the lengths a Murakami fan will go to for a signed book. When the galleys arrived, we were so nervous about them disappearing, we hid them where we thought no one would look: behind a 1961 etiquette guide.)

Please note: we promise not to collect any of your customers’ e-mail addresses for our own random-ish promotional purposes.

You can send your submissions to us at  The deadline is December 31st and the fine print is here.