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Pico Iyer JourneysLatest News
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Upcoming events (Mar 2017)

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

March 18 India Today Conclave
Mumbai, India
April 5 Conversation with Andrew McCarthy, Live Talks L.A.
Los Angeles, California
April 16-21 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman U.
Orange, California
April 24-28 TED Conference
Vancouver, Canada
May 6, 2017 Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
May 9, 2017 Conversation with Iain Levine, Human Rights Watch
Santa Barbara, California
May Talk on Travel, Concur
San Francisco, California
May Talk on Travel, HANA/Haus
Palo Alto, California
May 21 Commencement Ceremony, Chapman University
Orange, California
June 2 Q and A after “I’m Your Man” screening
Los Angeles, California
June 9-12 Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Tassajara
Carmel Valley, California
July 23 Conversation with Janet Fitch, SB Musem of Art
Santa Barbara, California
July 28 Lecture, Mile Hi Church
Denver, Colorado
September 1-4 Telluride Film Festival,
Telluride, Colorado
January 19-23 Jaipur Literary Festival
Jaipur, India
July 15-20 Travel Journal Workshop with Janet Fitch, Esalen
Big Sur, California

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (March 2017)

“The Beauty of What We’ll Never Know” —a talk for ted..com (originally delivered as the closing talk at the TED Summit in Banff, June 30, 2016), posted October 11, 2016

“How the Light Goes Out”—an essay on Leonard Cohen’s new album, “You Want it Darker,” on Walrus.com, October 20, 2016, updated and revised in The Walrus magazine, January/February 2017 issue.

“Cohen lived in the thick of it”—a short tribute to Cohen the man that appeared in Canada an hour or two after his death was announced—The Globe & Mail, November 11, 2016.

“Inside Fidel Castro’s Cuba and his Legacy”—an essay on Castro’s Cuba, as seen over 26 years on the island—Time.com, November 26, 2016

An interview on the meaning of home in a post-Trump world, Macleans.com December 9, 2016.

“The Country Full of Contradictions”—an interview on Cuba for BBC Travel, December 19, 2016.

“The Talk That Changed My Life”—an essay on Brazilian C.E.O. Ricardo Semler’s TED Talk—ted.com December 29, 2016.

“What Do we Know?”—an essay on the limits of knowledge and the year just past —The New York Times, January 1, 2017

“The remote Alaskan town that’s big in Japan”—an essay on the Japanese fascination with the Northern Lights—Financial Times, March 4-5, 2017

“Storms threaten their monastic way of life”—an Op-Ed piece on rains and monks in the Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2017

Guest Editor, debut issue of the new magazine, Satori, launched March 16, 2017.

An essay on Bucket-Lists, Travel & Leisure, April 207

“Yesterday”—a piece on The Beatles and their famous ballad in the anthology, In Their Lives, published May 23, 2017, and excerpted in the special Met Issue of Vogue, May 2017.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (September 2016)

“A Valentine Day’s treat from Japan”—a short essay on how to savor the romantic’s holiday on a single short street in Kyoto, in Sweet, February 14, 2016.

A long essay on a new biography of film-maker Terrence Malick—The Australian, May 28, 2016.

“The Great Wide Open”—a travel-essay on a recent trip to Mongolia, in Travel & Leisure, June 2016.

“The Man Who Told Futures”—a reminiscence of a moment in Kathmandu, 1985, in Lion’s Roar, October 2016, excerpted from a slightly different essay to appear in The Lonely Planet Anthology in November 2016.

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Upcoming events (September 2016)

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer talk, here are a few dates and places to try:

September 29 Public conversation, Banff Centre for the Arts
Banff, Canada
January 25, 2017 Conversation with Richard Rodriguez, Stanford U.
Palo Alto, California
January 28-29, 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival
Rancho Mirage, California
April 17-22 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman U.
Orange, California
May 6, 2017 Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
May 17-19 School of Life/Dumbo Feather sermons and chats
Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
June 9-12 Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Tassajara
Carmel Valley, California
July 6-15, Indian Summer Festival of Arts and Ideas
Vancouver, Canada
September Telluride Film Festival,
Telluride, Colorado
January Jaipur Literary Festival
Jaipur, India

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Upcoming events (April 2016)

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer talk, here are a few dates and places to try:

April 9-10 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, California
April 11-15 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University
Orange, California
April 12 Literary Pub(lishing) Crawl, Chapman University
Orange, California
April 13 Conversation with Orange County Register Book Club
Santa Ana, California
April 20 Conversation with Krista Tippett, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
April 27 Lecture, United States Military Academy
West Point, New York
May 4 Lecture, Visit Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
May 17-21 Festival of Faiths
Louisville, Kentucky
May 22 Oakland Book Festival
Oakland, California
May 25 Conversation with Geoff Dyer, City Arts
San Francisco, California
June 5 Conversation with Lewis deSoto at SB Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, California
June 9-12 Three-day Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder
Tassajara, near Carmel, California
June 15 Conversation with Ian Buruma, Asian Cultural Council
New York, New York
June 16 Lecture, International Festival of Arts and Ideas
New Haven, Connecticut
June 26-30 TED Summit
Banff, Canada
August 7 Virtuoso Travel Week
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 25-28 Mountain Echoes Literary Festival
Thimphu, Bhutan
September 18 Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn, New York
September 25-Oct 2 Seminar/Lecture, Banff Centre for the Arts
Banff, Canada
January 28-29, 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival
Rancho Mirage, California
July 6-15, 2017 Indian Summer Festival of Arts and Ideas
Vancouver, Canada
September 1-4, 2017 Telluride Film Festival,
Telluride, Colorado

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Upcoming events (January 2016)

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer talk, here are a few dates and places to try:

February 18 Keynote, India Infoline Global Investors’ Conference
Mumbai, India
February 29 Conversation with Sebastiao Salgado, ALOUD series
Los Angeles, California
March 2 Conversation with Sebastiao Salgado, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
April 9-10 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, California
April 11-15 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University
Orange, California
April  11-15 Conversation with Richard Bausch, Chapman University
Orange, California
April 13 Orange County Register Book Club
Santa Ana, California
April 20 Conversation with Krista Tippett, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
April  25-29 Lecture, United States Military Academy
West Point, New York
May 5 Lecture, Visit Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
May 17-21 Festival of Faiths
Louisville, Kentucky
May 24 Conversation with Geoff Dyer, City Arts
San Francisco, California
June 9-12 Three-day Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder
Tassajara, near Carmel, California
June 15 Conversation with Ian Buruma, Asian Cultural Council
New York, New York
June 16 Lecture, International Festival of Arts and Ideas
New Haven, Connecticut
June 26-30 TED Summit
Banff, Canada
August 8 Virtuoso Travel Week
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 19-22, 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival
Rancho Mirage, California
March 7-11, 2017 Emirates Festival of Literature
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
September 1-4, 2017 Telluride Film Festival
Telluride, Colorado

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (January 2016)

“Empty Cities”—a meditation on Las Vegas and Pyongyang, NYR Daily, the New York Review of Books blog, August 13, 2015.

“History Has no Place’”—a mistitled essay on Japan’s unsentimental taking care of sentiment—New York Times T Magazine, August 23, 2015.

“The Disappearance of Self in Japan”—an essay for the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture—Huffnington (World) Post, October 13, 2015.

“From Silence, Clarity”—a brief essay on the New Camaldoli Hermitage, appearing in Coast (The Orange Country Register magazine), October 25, 2015 and in The Orange County Register itself on December 20, 2015.

“The Unreal World”—an essay on authenticity in travel, New York Times T Magazine, November 15, 2015

Ikiru Many Autumns Later—an essay for Criterion DVD’s reissue of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru on November 23, 2015, which appeared, under a different title, on NYR Daily, the New York Review of Books blog, on December 30, 2015.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (August 2015)

“The Man in the White Tunic”—a tiny vignette from a recent trip to Kashmir, appearing in BBC Travel, April 29, 2015

“It’s Not a Small World After All”—an essay for Toronto’s Globe & Mail, June 7, 2015

“On the Road with the Dalai Lama”—a new essay in Shambhala Sun’s July 2015 Collector’s Edition booklet commemorating the Tibetan leader’s 80th birthday.

“The Song of Songs”— a 3000-word essay on the most sensual book in the Bible, for Portland magazine, Autumn 2015 (and soon to appear, in somewhat expanded form, in The Good Book, a collection of essays on the Bible, edited by Andrew Blauner, and published by Simon & Schuster in November).

An Anti Op-Ed—an Op-Ed in Shambhala Sun, October 2015

In audio form: a discussion with Krista Tippett on her On Being show

On video: An explanation of Japan in eight minutes: (a talk given for the Walrus Magazine in Toronto, May 6, 2015)

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Upcoming events (January 2017)

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer talk, here are a few dates and places to try:

January 19-22, 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival
Rancho Mirage, California

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Upcoming events (September 2016)

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer talk, here are a few dates and places to try:

September 22-26, 2016 25th Annual Graham Greene Festival
Berkhamsted, England

Many more engagements are currently in the works.