A literary legend, a social activist, and a feminist icon, Isabel Allende—now in the fourth decade of a career like no other—has sold over 70 million books in over 40 languages. The massive audiences who laugh, and occasionally cry, at her public talks are a testament to her boldly imaginative works, which have brought together generations of readers. In 2018, Allende became the first Spanish-language writer to receive an honorary National Book Award medal.
“A genius.”— Los Angeles Times
Isabel Allende’s novels and memoirs have established her as one of the most respected Latin American writers—one of the most respected writers, period—the world has ever known. A native of Chile, Allende was forced into exile following the assassination of her uncle, President Salvador Allende. Since then, she has written 18 books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune (an Oprah pick), Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, Maya's Notebook, The Japanese Lover, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic, the crime fiction novel Ripper, and In the Midst of Winter, a love story set in Brooklyn and South America. Her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. Allende’s non-fiction books include the memoirs Paula and The Sum of Our Days, and her upcoming book, The Soul of a Woman (March 2021), is a passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman. It is a book that Allende hopes will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”
Allende is the founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation, which promotes and preserves the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected. She was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., as well as PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2010 and in 2014.
“Isabel was absolutely fantastic, very engaging, a terrific speaker and storyteller. Everyone absolutely loved her and we’ve received a ton of wonderful feedback on her and the event. I think it was the best yet for this series!”University of British Columbia
Stories of Passion
On stage, Isabel Allende translates the famous magical realism of her prose into an astonishing presentation that weaves together her family history, her literary trailblazing, and her uniquely forged insights on social justice, feminism and political and personal freedom. Allende is a true romantic, in the best sense. She talks with humor and wisdom about the sorrows and the heart-stirring beauty of the human condition.