02/19/2013 09:15 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2013

New Murakami Book: Release Date Announced

Haruki Murakami has a new book coming out in April, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

Since his last book, 1Q84, he has been translating works into Japanese, including Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree (oh how we wish we could speak Japanese to read that.)

No further details have yet been released about the new book, which will surely be translated into English, but fans will probably have to be patient. 1Q84 was released in Japan in 2009-10, but it wasn't until October 2011 that the English translation appeared.

UPDATE: The Washington Post Style blog reports that "[Murakami's American publisher] Knopf publicity director Nicholas Latimer said Tuesday, 'There is nothing in the pipeline at the moment. We have not yet commissioned a translation.'"

Meantime, Murakami remains on the annual favorites list for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Will this be his year?

Will you buy the new Murakami when it appears? Let us know in the comments!