April 30, 2010 8:00 PM
Discovering Stories That Need to Be Told
The Cathedral and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation of the Folger Shakespeare Library are delighted to welcome celebrated Chilean-American author Isabel Allende for an evening of readings and conversation.
The evening will begin with an introduction by Cathedral Dean Sam Lloyd. Introducing Allende will be Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, a critically acclaimed journalist and author whose publications include The Dark Path to the River and No Marble Angels.
About Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende is an internationally celebrated writer of novels, stories, plays, young adult fiction, articles, “recipes, and aphrodisiacs.” One of the best known Latin-American women writers, she has authored eighteen books, including the The House of Spirits, The Sum of Our Days, and the forthcoming La Isla Bajo el Mar (The Island Beneath the Sea). Her books have been translated to more than 27 languages and are regularly honored in Europe, Latin America, and America. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Like many of her fictional characters, Isabel Allende has spent her life traveling to and living in many places. Born to diplomat parents in Lima, when not in her Chilean homeland she lived in Europe, Lebanon, and Bolivia. Following the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende, Chile’s president and Isabel’s uncle, she lived in exile in Caracas for thirteen years. Since 1987, when she met and married San Francisco lawyer William Gordon, she has lived and worked in Northern California.
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