The Case Western Reserve University Association for Continuing Education has selected Haruki Murakami's haunting saga, Kafka on the Shore, as this year's book for its annual Discussion Day, Monday, April 16, at Suburban Temple, 22401 Chagrin Boulevard. Through guest speakers and group discussions, Murakami's tale of the perils of blurring the distinctions between the inner worlds of dreams with life's realities is explored, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until approximately 2 p.m.
Lee A. Makela, coordinator of Asian Studies at Cleveland State University, and Ann Sherif, director of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College have been chosen as this year's discussion leaders. They will unravel the mysteries of this dream-real world of travels for Kafka Tamura, a 15-year-old runaway in search of the mother and sister who abandoned him to life with his artistic and emotionally cold father. The story takes a turn with his father's prophesies about Kafka's relationships with his mother and sister and his father's bizarre murder.
Murakami is a celebrated Japanese author. He has won the 2006 Franz Kafka Prize from the Franz Kafka Society, and also in 2006, the Frank O. Connor International Short Story for Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty Four Stories. Among the other works by the author are The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, The Elephant Vanishes, Sputnik Sweetheart and Norwegian Wood. Kafka on the Shore was named to the New York Times' list of 10 best books in 2005.
The event is open to the public but registration of $15 is required by sending the registration fee to the Office of Continuing Education, 341 Sears Bldg., Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-7116. Lunch is also available for an additional $15. To learn more, call 216-368-2090.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.