Isabel Allende and CLAS

Isabel Allende signs books for fans at CLAS, April 2013. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)
Isabel Allende signs copies of her Maya's Notebook at UC Berkeley, April 2013. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

Author Isabel Allende is a long-time member of the CLAS community. A Bay Area resident, she has given book talks, hosted dignitaries, and been an active and engaged part of our ongoing program. CLAS congratulates her on being the first Latina and Spanish-language author to win a medal from the National Book Foundation for "distinguished contribution to American letters."

Isabel Allende and Beatriz Manz discuss "Maya's Notebook," April 2013. (Photo by Megan Kang.)
Isabel Allende and Beatriz Manz discuss "Maya's Notebook," April 2013. (Photo by Megan Kang.)

Allende gave a major book talk at CLAS upon the release of her novel Maya's Notebook in English in 2013. She spoke with Professor Beatriz Manz about the book and her relationship to Chile, and received a video message from residents of Chiloe, the remote southern island that is a main backdrop of the story.

Prior to that, she spoke at CLAS in 2005 about her novel Zorro, in discussion with Sandy Curtis, who herself had written seven books with the character and was the creative director of Zorro Productions.  The crowd at Allende's 2005 talk about her novel Zorro.A packed Chevron Auditorium listen to Isabel Allende and Sandy Curtis discuss Zorro.