Posted on May 13, 2020 at 8:06 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The latest installment of “how writers have reacted to health crises” mixes a modern great and a historic great.

Haruki Murakami, the celebrated Japanese novelist, will host a musical special next week to host his locked-down nation’s spirits, reports the Guardian.

He’ll play some of his favorite songs and answer listener questions during the two-hour “Stay Home Special” on May 22.

Murakami — whose works include Killing Commendatore, Norwegian Wood, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle — has won a number of prizes worldwide, and his work has been translated into over fifty languages.

You can also go back in time, courtesy of the New Yorker, to see how William Shakespeare reacted to the plague.

The magazine highlights plague-inspired passages from his plays in addition to providing a historical context for how ongoing fears of the bubonic plague would have affected his daily life and the theater.

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