Isabel Allende Visit a Success!

The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at FIU presented world-renowned Chilean author, Isabel Allende, with the third annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction on Monday, March 5 at the Biscayne Bay Campus. The award recognizes fiction writers whose work combines literary excellence with popular appeal. Her 19 books — fiction, nonfiction, memoir — have sold more than 57 million copies.

In a candid and funny hour-long chat with creative writing professor, Debra Dean, Allende revealed details to her fans. She spoke of how her feminism was born of rage. She shared the story of how, after her daughter Paula died, a visit to India motivated her to establish a foundation in Paula’s honor to protect women and children. There was talk of writing and sex and regrets and loss.

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