Book Passage and ExtendedSession Present

Kazuo Ishiguro

in conversation with Pico Iyer

Celebrating the release of

Klara and the Sun

Live: Sunday, March 14th, 4:00 pm eastern/1:00 pm pacific

Join Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation Pico Iyer on the occasion of the release of Klara and the Sun.


Klara and the Sun is a magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro – author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

Join Kazuo Ishiguro and Pico Iyer as they celebrate the release of Klara and the Sun —the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Klara and the Sun tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro’s books as “novels of great emotional force” and said he has “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

About Kazuo

KAZUO ISHIGURO was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

About Pico

PICO IYER is the host of the “Speaking with Pico” series in Santa Barbara, regularly conducts interviews for the City Arts and Lectures series in San Francisco and, over 25 years, has conducted intimate onstage conversations with everyone from Philip Glass to Zadie Smith and from Martin Scorsese to Ireland’s President Mary Robinson.