On November 27, San Jose State University will host Isabel Allende Day
—a day of free events, a keynote speech by the acclaimed author, and a commendation from San Jose City Hall. Students at the university will share testimonials, a live theater performance and sketches commemorating the four decade-strong career of one of the most celebrated writers of our time. Allende has written over 17 books, drawing on the harrowing experiences and lessons learned following her exile after the assassination of her uncle, President Salvador Allende of Chile. In her writing, and in her public talks, she speaks passionately about the strength of the human condition. Her work as the founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation
, a promoter of empowerment for women and children, a 50 million book-selling author, and a wildly requested speaker are a testament to her ability to touch generations of people. Isabel Allende Day celebrations are free and open to the public, and offer the icon the recognition she rightly deserves.