Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and ten works of non-fiction, including such long-running reader favorites as “Video Night in Kathmandu,” “The Lady and the Monk,” and “The Global Soul.” His books have been translated into 23 languages and two of his recent works, “The Open Road” (on his first 34 years talking to the Dalai Lama) and “The Art of Stillness,” have been national bestsellers. He has also written many liner-notes for Leonard Cohen, a script for Miramax, and constant articles over more than 20 years for The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The New York Times, and more than 200 other magazines worldwide. Born in Oxford, England and raised between 15th century English boarding-schools and 1960s California, he has long been resident in Western Japan, when not traveling everywhere from North Korea to Easter Island, Yemen to Bolivia. His three recent talks for TED have received more than seven million views.

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