We are delighted to help present this welcome Seattle return by Pico Iyer, one of those writers whose graciousness in appearances echoes the considerable grace found in his writing. He is here this evening for the first of two books to come this year that address Japan (A Beginner’s Guide to Japan is due this fall). Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells (Knopf) is a lovely, vivid account of life as Pico Iyer has lived it for much of the past few decades, in Japan.
“The beloved travel writer and journalist’s wistful and conscious memoir filled with musings about home, culture, family, and death . . . With his trademark blend of amiability, lighthearted humor, and profound observations, Iyer celebrates emotional connection and personal expression, and he upholds death as an affirmation of life and all its seasons.”—Booklist.
“A lucid writer with endless curiosity, and a secularist with a searcher’s heart. . . Has any travel writer ever written this book? In choosing to exchange life as a perpetual visitor for that of a resident in Japan, Iyer finds a hopeful-making amount of freedom in living in – not just borrowing – daily rituals. . . [Autumn Light] is also a tremendously wise book on the late fires of marriage, how moving toward old age, if you’re lucky, as he is, a burst of warmth emerges to push you forward into the final step, the journey no one’s been able to write about.—Literary Hub.
Co-presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission, advance tickets recommended, available here.