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Japanese author Haruki Murakami is known worldwide for his novels. However, in Toronto he’s better known as the most popular author among literary thieves, at least according to the city’s bookstore owners. An entire shelf dedicated to Murakami books disappeared in December at the Roncesvalles store A Good Read.

Owner Gary Kir told CBC Toronto said he lost 800.00 “They’re very easily converted into cash, because they’re very high in demand and they don’t turn up that often used.”

Gary Kirk Owner of A Good Read

Gary Kirk, the owner of A Good Read in Roncesvalles, had his complete collection of Haruki Murakami books stolen twice in December. (Tyna Poulin/CBC News)

The Japanese novelist’s best-known works include Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and more recently, 1Q84.  All of them Stolen

“They took my Norwegian Woods, my Sputniks, all of them,” Kirk said, adding that he doubts his book thief has ever cracked open a Murakami.

Japan People Murakami

Haruki Murakami’s books have sold millions of copies around the world. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

These days he says Murakami’s popularity among millennial readers is driving the most recent theft ring.

“There’s like a ton of university students who don’t have tons of money and are happy to pay five bucks for a book regardless of where it came from.”

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