For more than two decades, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has worked as a solo practicing attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When he’s not busy protecting the rights of his clients, the Albuquerque attorney enjoys reading. One of Geoffrey Scovil’s favorite authors is Haruki Murakami.
Best-selling writer Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949. In 1979, Murakami published his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing. For this work, he was awarded the Gunozou Literature Prize for new writers, and within one year, the novel had been turned into a film. The author followed his first success with Pinball, 1973 in 1980, and A Wild Sheep Chase in 1982.
Over the next several years, Murakami’s fame grew. A Wild Sheep Chase was his first international success, and he soon released Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World), a fantasy novel that earned him the Tanizaki Prize, and Norwegian Wood, a coming-of-age novel that cemented his role as an international literary celebrity.
In the late 1980s, Murakami moved to Europe after becoming disaffected by Japan’s social climate. Then, in 1991, he moved to the United States where he taught at Tufts University and Princeton University while continuing his writing. He published The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in the mid- ‘90s, and, after moving back to Japan in 1995, released both Underground and After the Quake. Since then, Murakami has continued writing novels and memoirs, including IQ84, Men Without Women, and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
Since 1998, attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has overseen his own law practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Specializing in Habeas Corpus law, he practices indigent criminal defense and works to protect his clients' constitutional rights. Geoffrey Scovil and his wife support numerous endeavors in the Albuquerque area, including the
Outpost Performance Space.
As a nonprofit, member-supported performing arts venue, the Outpost Performance Space features more than 100 shows annually. These include a variety of performances, including folk music, spoken word, youth performances, and jazz. Founded in 1988, the facility also offers year-round educational programs for youth and adults, including sessions on jazz and Latin music.
One event presented by the Outpost Performance Space is the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. The festival, co-sponsored by The Lensic Performing Arts Center, was first held in 2006 and piggybacked on the former Open Arts Foundation’s Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival. The inaugural year of the New Mexico Jazz Festival saw Branford Marsalis and McCoy Tyner perform. The 2017 event occurred from July 13 to August 5.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.