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Pico Iyer JourneysLatest News
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Upcoming events (September 2018)

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

October 16 Keynote, Inspirato Mid-Atlantic Member Summit
Washington D.C.
October 23 Conversation with Joan Halifax, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
January 6-18 2019 Silversea World Cruise
San Francisco, California—Papeete
January 22 Conversation with B.J. Miller, City Arts and Lectures
San Francisco, California
January 28 Conversation with George Saunders, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
January 30-Feb. 1 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival
Rancho Mirage, California
February 19 Moderator, panel on Zen and Japanese internment
New York City, New York
March 14 Conversation with Susan Orlean, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
March 28 Lecture, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Richmond, Virginia
April 18 Reading and book-launch, University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
April 20 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, California
May Reading with Michael Ondaatje, 92nd Street Y
New York New York
May 16 Conversation with Andrew Solomon, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
July 21-25 TED Summit
Edinburgh, Scotland
August 28-Sept. 2, 2019 Telluride Film Festival
Telluride, Colorado
September 2019 Berlin Literature Festival
Berlin, Germany
October 11-13 Southern Festival of Books
Nashville, Tennessee
November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival
Singapore

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (September 2018)

“The Restless, Furious, Quietly Abiding Friend of us All”—an essay on my longtime, unmet friend, Thomas Merton, for the book, What I am Living For, a collection of essays on Merton.

“Japan’s Enchanted Islands”—an account of a trip around Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, for WSJ, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, May 5, 2018

“The Future of Travel,”–a short essay in a special anniversary issue on The Future, for The Walrus, June 2018.

“A Full Life in the Emptiness,”–an essay on a trip around Namibia for The Australian, June 16 2018

–“Past Perfect,” an essay on what makes Japan distinctive for Airbnbmag Summer 2018

An interview with Sam Benjamin at Esalen, July 20, 2018, to be found on the Voices of Esalen podcast– https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pico-iyer-on-esalen-big-sur-the-dalai-lama-and-global-soul/id1084621605?i=1000417047152&mt=2

“The Humanity We Can’t Relinquish”–an Opinion piece on what makes us human, for The New York Times, August 12, 2018.

“Why We Must See the World for Ourselves”–an Opinion piece on travel in the age of the Internet, for The Globe & Mail, August 12, 2018.

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Upcoming events (April 2018)

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

California

April 5 Conversation with Maria Popova, UCSB Arts & Lectures
Santa Barbara, California
April 6 Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, City Arts & Lectures
San Francisco, California
April 10-14 TED Conference (2 workshops on Travel as Transport)
Vancouver, British Columbia
April 16-20 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University
Orange, California
April 16 Talk on Stillness, Center 1888
Orange, California
April 24 Conversation with Don George, Carmel Public Library
Carmel, California
April 29 Keynote and conversation, Bay Area Book Festival
Berkeley, California
May 3 Conversation with Anthony Doerr, UCSB Arts-Lectures
Santa Barbara, California
May 5 Stillness Lecture/Workshop for Hollyhock Retreat
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 13 Chartered Financial Analyst Annual Conference
Hong Kong
May 25-27 Mountainfilm Festival
Telluride, Colorado
June 17 Ross Macdonald Award, SB Writers Conference
Santa Barbara, California
June 22 Keynote Talk, Mile-Hi Church
Denver, Colorado
June 30 Musical/Literary event with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio
Henry Miller Library, Big Sur,
July 6-10 Workshop on Writing and Zen with Fu Schroeder
Tassajara, California
July 15-20 Travel Journal Workshop with Janet Fitch, Esalen
Big Sur, California
August 31-September 2 Telluride Film Festival
Telluride, Colorado
January 6-18 2019 Two talks, Silversea World Cruise
San Francisco, California-Papeete
January 30-Feb. 1, 2019 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival
Rancho Mirage, California
August 28-Sept. 2, 2019 Telluride Film Festival
Telluride, Colorado
September 2019 Berlin Literature Festival
Berlin, Germany
October 11-13 Southern Festival of Books
Nashville, Tennessee
November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival
Singapore

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (April 2018)

“Troubled Waters”-a review of Richard Lloyd Parry’s Ghosts of the Tsunami, for the New York Times Book Review, December 31, 2017.

“The River”-a short essay on the meaning of change, for the great young British magazine Satori, December 2017

“Why I’m an Optimist”-an essay for Elle India, January 2018.

“Damaraland, Namibia-Where `Each Day Lasts 100 Hours’ “-The Observer, January 20, 2018

“The Kiss”-a short piece about Damascus in the anthology, The Kiss, published by W.W. Norton February 14, 2018.

“The Hero: Depths and Surfaces”-an essay on Satyajit Ray’s film Nayak, written for the Criterion Collection DVD released on February 20, 2018, and appearing (in very different form) in NYR Daily, the blog of The New York Review of Books, as “Satyajit Ray’s Hero Revisited” on February 27, 2018

“Under Mongolian Skies”-an essay on Mongolia, for WSJ, the magazine of the Wall Street Journal, March 2018.

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Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (September 2017)

“The Mysterious Man who Gave me Japan”—a short essay on a friend I met in Kyoto for the “Chance Encounter” section of BBC Travel—April 19, 2017

“Journey into Terror”—an essay on a trip to Yemen, for the debut issue of Anastomas, Chapman University’s interdisciplinary journal—April 2017

“Nymphets in the New Japan”—a long essay on the novels of Junichiro Tanizaki, New York Review of Books, June 8, 2017.

“As the Spirits Move You”—an essay on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage course in Japan and the holy shrines at Ise in Travel & Leisure, June 2017.

“Destination Nowhere”—a short essay on the beauty of missing one’s flight, in National Geographic Traveler, June/July 2017.

A chat on the phone with Paul Holdengraber, director of New York Public Library Live, on LitHub, posted July 13, 2017
http://lithub.com/pico-iyer-sits-in-silence-for-5-hours-every-morning/

A podcast with Christopher Lydon of Radio Open Source, celebrating Thoreau’s 200th birthday—posted July 16, 2017
http://ow.ly/iwSO30dCsiR
http://pic.twitter.com/8CGAGXBHxD

An introduction to the record AWAKENING BEYOND, released in August 2017.

“Killers in Saffron Robes”—an essay on Barbet Schroeder’s new film The Venerable W. for Film Watch, the Telluride Film Festival paper, September 1, 2017.

“Why There’s More to Travel than your Instagram Feed”—A long answer to a short question—“How has travel changed in the past 30 years?”—posted on cntraveler.com, September 6, 2017.

“My Latest Passage to India”—an essay describing a virtual journey around India, accompanied by Ingrid Schaffner, Curator of Carnegie International 2018, and Doryun Chang, Chief Curator of the coming Hong Kong Museum M+, for the Carnegie International 2018 website, and the catalogue that appears next year, posted September 2017

“Out of the Cell”—an essay on the limits of the Mind, for granta.com, posted September 18, 2017.

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Upcoming events (September 2017)

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

October 10 Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit
Palo Alto, California
November 29 Conversation with Zadie Smith, UCSB Arts & Lectures
Santa Barbara, California
January 11 Conversation with BJ Miller, UCSB Arts & Lecture
Santa Barbara, California
January 24-29 Jaipur Literary Festival
Jaipur, India
April 5 Conversation with Maria Popova, UCSB Arts & Lectures
Santa Barbara, California
April 16-20 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University
Orange, California
April 21, 22 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, California
May 3 Conversation with Anthony Doerr, UCSB Arts-Lectures
Santa Barbara, California
May 5 Stillness Lecture/Workshop for Hollyhock Retreat
Vancouver, British Columbia
June 22 Talk, Mile-Hi Church
Denver, Colorado
July 6-10 Workshop on Writing and Zen with Fu Schroeder
Tassajara, California
July 15-20 Travel Journal Workshop with Janet Fitch, Esalen
Big Sur, California
January 2019 Silversea World Cruise
November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival
Singapore

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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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.