The Reader’s Voice

Reading Club with Victor Miron 

Come to a new special edition of the reading club “The Voice of the Reader”. In the evening Victor Miron will read on the spot, aloud, a short novel by Haruki Murakami. After reading we will discuss about the novel, the music and and the sunset.


About the activity:

Already a tradition for the festival, the reader’s voice club returns to Smida Jazz Festival. We will read on the spot and aloud a short novel by Haruki Murakami, after that, the text will become a pretext for discussion.

Location:  a dedicated tent on the area of Smida Jazz Festival

Period: Sunday, 18th of August, from 14.00 to 16.00

Maximum number of participants: the capacity of the tent

Signing up for activity:

This activity does not require signing up. At the starting hour, participants are asked to go to the dedicated tent. 

About Victor Miron:

Victor is the initiator of the “Selfie with a book” campaign and many other campaigns promoting reading. A man in love with books who, from 2014, when he posted the first book selfie on Facebook, has been pitching projects to convince people that reading is cool.

Victor has written several books, “Book for two”, a surprising volume that makes couples to read aloud, being among the best received by the readers. He created the concepts for bookmarks that one can share (“If you wait for a sign to read a book, this is the sign”) and T-shirts (“Book selfie is the new selfie”). He pulled out the “reader class” idea, whereby students are encouraged to exchange books by putting them in special book areas in the school yard. He created the “Battle of the Books”, a literature contest dedicated to students, in which the winners are spoiled with a somewhat more unusual prize: a limo ride. The Reading Club “Reader’s Voice” is another action by which Victor Miron promotes reading, this time at the festival and has become a tradition for the Smida Jazz Festival.

Haruki Murakami and the love for jazz

Any serious reader of Haruki Murakami — and even most of the casual ones — will have picked up on the fact that, apart from the work that has made him quite possibly the world’s most beloved living novelist, the man has two passions: running and jazz.

“I had my first encounter with jazz in 1964 when I was 15,” Murakami writes in the New York Times. “Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers performed in Kobe in January that year, and I got a ticket for a birthday present. This was the first time I really listened to jazz, and it bowled me over. I was thunderstruck.” Though unskilled in music himself, he often felt that, in his head, “something like my own music was swirling around in a rich, strong surge. I wondered if it might be possible for me to transfer that music into writing. That was how my style got started.”

He found writing and jazz similar endeavors, in that both need “a good, natural, steady rhythm,” a melody, “which, in literature, means the appropriate arrangement of the words to match the rhythm,” harmony.

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