If you've been anxiously counting the days until the American release of author Haruki Murakami's epic new novel, 1Q84, this is the event for you: WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint is hosting an after-hours Murakami Read-a-Thon/ release countdown party on October 24! Come together with your fellow Murakami-philes and pass the time from 10:30 p.m. to midnight (when IQ84 is officially released) with round-robin readings of the best Murakami passages from his previous books, and snack on Peter Pan donuts and cheap wine until the magic hour hits.

The 1000+ page novel (which was released in three parts in Japan) has been described as a "complex and surreal narrative which shifts back and forth between tales of two characters, a man and a woman, who are searching for each other... It tackles themes of murder, history, cult religion, violence, family ties and love." In other words, just your standard Murakami subject matter. Earlier this summer, the New Yorker excerpted a chapter, "Town of Cats," which ramped up anticipation for Murakami's "magnum opus" even more.

To attend the WORD event, pre-order the book online now. Jenn Northington, the store's events manager, told us that there will be a limited number of autographed copies on hand, so go! Buy now! And if you'd like to read, email info@wordbrooklyn.com with your selection.