Geoff Dyer is the author of the novels Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and the genre-defying titles But Beautiful,The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, and The Ongoing Moment. His book, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition – a selection of essays from Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room – was awarded the 2011 National Book Critics Circle award for Criticism. His newest book is White Sands.
Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England in 1957, to parents from India, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard. Since 1986 he has been writing books and since 1992 he has been based in rural Japan with his longtime sweetheart, while spending part of each year in a Benedictine hermitage in California. He is the author of numerous books including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul, The Man Within My Head an,d The Art of Stillness. An essayist for Time since 1986, he also publishes regularly in Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times.