Seattle Arts & Lectures is pleased to bring travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer to Town Hall Seattle on January 25, 2012 at 7:30pm. Iyer will discuss his new book about English author Graham Greene, The Man Within My Head, which will be published by Knopf in early January 2012.
Pico Iyer is a prolific travel writer, novelist, and frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harper's, the New York Review of Books, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and a contributing editor to Salon, Conde Nast Traveler, and Time. Iyer has referred to himself as “a global village on two legs”; he was born in Great Britain to Indian parents, grew up in California, returned to the UK to study at Eton and Oxford, and now resides primarily in Japan. His multinational perspective, along with a keen eye for interesting and unexpected juxtapositions, has made Iyer one of the most revered travel writers working today. In 1995, the Utne Reader named Iyer one of 100 visionaries worldwide whose work can change a life.
In The Man Within My Head, Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with English writer Graham Greene; he examines Greene’s obsessions, his elusiveness, his penchant for mystery. Iyer follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American, and begins to unpack all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education; a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere; a fascination with the complications of faith.
Tickets for the Iyer lecture and all SAL events are available from the SAL Box Office by calling 206-621-2230 or on the SAL website at www.lectures.org. Tickets start at $15 or $5 for students (pre-sale only; students are eligible for free tickets with student ID on a space-available basis at the SAL Box Office starting at 6pm day-of-show).