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Pico Iyer on Writing, Japan, and His New Book ‘Autumn Light’

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Pico Iyer Interview

In this episode, I speak with Pico Iyer about travel, narrative structures, living in Japan, and of course his new book Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells.

Alongside those like Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer is one of the greatest living travel writers. He is the celebrated author of many books including Video Nights in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Art of Stillness, and many, many others. This year (2019), Pico Iyer is publishing several books, one of which is the subject of this podcast. The second one authored principally by Mr. Iyer, A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, will be released in September 2019.

Pico Iyer was embarking on a book tour to promote Autumn Light when I caught him in his hotel room in Miami. As you can tell from the conversation, Pico is incredibly eloquent and insightful. I hope you enjoy listening to the conversation as much as I had participating in it.

This episode was awarded the Bronze Award in the 28th Annual North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Competition.


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Links from the show

Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells (on Amazon)

Video Nights in Kathmandu (on Amazon)

The Lady and the Monk (on Amazon)

The Art of Stillness (on Amazon)

Pico Iyer online

Pico Iyer’s Personal Website

Pico Iyer’s Twitter

Pico Iyer’s Ted Talks

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan


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