Pico Iyer’s 2006 John Hersey Memorial Address

Lecture, 2006
Pico Iyer

    Pico Iyer
    Pico Iyer. Photo by Derek Shapton.

    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

    This recording is available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author. © 2006 Pico Iyer. Used with permission from Pico Iyer.

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