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Author Event: Isabel Allende

An Evening with Isabel Allende: In Conversation with Kali Fajardo-Anstine

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March 5, 2021 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Virtual Event

Reserve your spot to hear world-renowned author Isabel Allende in conversation with Kali Fajardo-Anstine, an award-winning author from Colorado.

Allende, a literary legend, social activist, and feminist icon, returns to the art of memoir in her newest work, The Soul of a Woman. Allende’s virtual visit will be enriched by a conversation with Fajardo-Anstine, whose short story collection, Sabrina and Corina, was a 2019 National Book Award finalist.

Register today for this exclusive event!

Additional Information

  • Gear up for the main event with pre-event activities and giveaways!
  • Participate in group polls, trivia and prize-drawings during the event!
  • A simultaneous, live Spanish interpretation of the conversation will be available.
  • Submit questions for Isabel Allende or share comments about how her works have influenced your life, then tune in to the live event to see if your question or comment is discussed.
  • Sign up to request a link to the recorded event with original audio. Available until April 5.

Book Purchases

BookBar, opens a new window is the official bookseller for this event. Visit or contact BookBar to purchase a special The Soul of a Woman bundle, which includes a copy of Allende's new book, Fajardo-Anstine's collection of short stories, and your choice of a red or white Chilean wine! Or purchase titles individually. Contact welcome@bookbardenver.com for pricing and pickup, and be sure to add the word "bookplate" in your shopping cart comment box to receive a signed bookplate for either book.

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Pre-Event Activities

Chanchito Take and Make

Visit any open JCPL location, opens a new window and request your free, Chilean-inspired Take and Make craft. Santiago locals gift and keep these cute, three-legged pigs as good luck charms.

Pre-Event Giveaways

Submit a question, opens a new window or comment by March 4, and you could win one of four canvas totes. Winners are chosen at random.

Winners will be contacted March 5. You must visit a JCPL location, opens a new window using curbside or walk-in services to collect your prize. All audience members have additional chances to win a prize simply by participating in the live event!

Congratulations to our previous winners! Check your email to see if you've won!

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Featured Author: Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende—novelist, feminist, and philanthropist—is one of the world’s most widely read authors, having sold more than 75 million books. Born in Peru to Chilean parents, Allende won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits, which was adapted as a movie in 1993. Since then, she has written bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune, and A Long Petal of the Sea. Translated into more than 42 languages, Allende’s works entertain and educate readers by interweaving imaginative stories with significant historical events. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes. In 1996, she established a charitable foundation in memory of her daughter Paula, which has awarded grants to more than 100 nonprofits worldwide and delivered life-changing care to hundreds of thousands of girls and women.

She has received more than 60 awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

Works by Isabel Allende

Emcee: Kali Fajardo-Anstine

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, opens a new window, a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, The Saroyan International Prize, and winner of an American Book Award and Reading the West Award. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2019 recipient of the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts.

Her writing has appeared in print and online at Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, O, the Oprah Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Fajardo-Anstine received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Tin House, and Hedgebrook. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and is from Denver, Colorado. Her work has been translated into multiple languages.

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