Pico Iyer is the author of eight books: his first, Video Night in Kathmandu (1988), appeared on many lists of the top travel books of the 20th century, and his second, The Lady and the Monk (1991), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in the category of Current Interest. His first novel, Cuba and the Night (1995), was optioned six times and then bought by Hollywood, and his book The Global Soul (2000) inspired multi-media shows, musical works and websites around the world.
Iyer delivered the annual John Hersey Memorial Address that kicked off the 2006 Seminar on The Literature of Adventure, Travel, and Discovery. The talk, preserved on this recording and entitled “A New Kind of Travel for a New Kind of World: Stillness and Movement on a Fast-Turning Globe” is a dazzling, head-spinning example of Iyer’s trademark verbal pyrotechnics.
From KWLS 2006: The Literature of Adventure, Travel, & Discovery