AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Isabel Allende in conversation with Carolina de Robertis
Thursday November 15, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Isabel Allende will read from Island Beneath the Sea and discuss her work and its relationship to the African Diaspora in conversation with local author Carolina de Robertis.
Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.She has since written nearly 20 more works, including Island Beneath the Sea in which Allende spins the unforgettable saga of an extraordinary woman born into slavery on the island of Saint-Domingue determined to find love amid loss and forge her own identity under the cruelest of circumstances. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter in 1992, she established in Paula’s honor a charitable foundation dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children worldwide.
Carolina de Robertis is the author of the novelsPerla and The Invisible Mountain, which was an international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and an O, The Oprah Magazine 2009 Terrific Read. De Robertis grew up in a Uruguayan family that immigrated to England, Switzerland, and California. Prior to completing her first book, she worked in women’s rights organizations for ten years, on issues ranging from rape to immigration. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is at work on her third novel, and is also co-producing a documentary entitled Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together, about people of African descent in Uruguay, their musical tradition of candomble, and their road toward racial equity and uplift.
Free with MoAD Admission