World Renowned Author Isabel Allende Visits Nov. 27

Isabel Allende

SJSU is pleased to announce world-renowned author Isabel Allende will visit campus Nov. 27 for a series of events.

A Chilean now residing in Marin County, Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982.

She has since published 18 more pieces, including novels, memoirs, and a trilogy for young readers.

Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than 57 million copies.

“Her works both entertain and educate readers by weaving intriguing stories with significant historical events,” says her online biography.

“Settings for her books include Chile throughout the 15th, 19th and 20th centuries, the California gold rush, the guerrilla movement of 1960s Venezuela, and the Vietnam War.”

Isabel Allende Day sponsors include the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Center for Literary Arts and Circulo Hispanico.

Here’s a full schedule of events, all free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Anne Fountain.


9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., King Library, Second Floor
An exhibit will feature Allende’s books and animation/illustration student sketches based on “City of the Beasts,” part of her young adult trilogy.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Hugh Gillis Hall, Hal Todd Theatre
The SJSU theatre arts program will stage a dramatic adaptation of Allende’s short story, “Tosca.”

3:15 p.m., Awards Ceremony, Morris Dailey Auditorium
Allende will offer brief remarks after being welcomed by President Qayoumi and introduced by her husband William C. Gordon.


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