April 11, 2008
In his new book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Pico Iyer gives us the first serious consideration of this worldwide leader's work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Having been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama for the last three decades, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of this global icon.
Pico Iyer is the author of Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and Abandon.
photo of Pico Iyer by Derek Shapton
About Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and seven works of non-fiction, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and most recently The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, a record of 34 years of traveling and talking with the XIVth Dalai Lama. His novel Abandon was translated into Russian, Turkish, and Bahasa Indonesian, among others. His articles on globalism, literature, and religion also appear often in such publications as The New York Review of Books, Harper's, the New York Times, and Time magazine. Born to Indian parents in Oxford, England, he grew up in California, was educated at Eton, Oxford, and Harvard, and has been based for 20 years in Japan, while spending much of his time in Easter Island, North Korea, Ethiopia, and places in-between. In 1995 Iyer was named by the Utne Reader, along with the likes of Noam Chomsky and Vaclav Havel, as one of 100 visionaries worldwide who could change your life.
About Paul Holdengraber
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of Public Programs now known as "LIVE from the NYPL" for The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.