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Asia Talks: Autumn Light with Pico Iyer

May 25 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

3 PM – 4:30 PM

Join us for a talk and book signing by British-Indian travel writer, novelist, and journalist Pico Iyer. Iyer splits his time between a home in California and an apartment shared with his Japanese wife in Nara, Japan. His new book of non-fiction, Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells, recounts a year in Japan following the sudden death of his father-in-law. As he assists his wife with family matters and observes Japan’s mourning rituals, Iyer experiences Japanese society’s awareness of impermanence, the autumn season of loss, and an acceptance that “sadness lasts longer than mere pleasure.”

Aging, death, and family fracturing are seen through the lens of Japanese culture in this luminous memoir.

–Publishers Weekly

About the Presenter

Pico Iyer is the author of eight works of nonfiction and two novels. A writer for Time since 1982, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, and many other magazines and newspapers.

Held in partnership with Tasveer.



Free. RSVP requested.
Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.