'Seattle Reads Isabel Allende' gets everyone reading and talking about Allende's works
In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities around the country.
In the upcoming sixth year of the series - now called "Seattle Reads" - celebrated author Isabel Allende will visit Seattle May 24-27, 2004, to talk with readers about her novels, memoirs, and short stories.
Allende will make several public appearances. All events are free and open to the public.
- KUOW 94.9 Northwest Public Radio will feature Allende in a live interview with "Weekday" host Steve Scher, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, May 24. Listeners will be invited to call with questions.
- Members of the public are invited to meet Allende to discuss her works at two library programs:
- 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, Gathering Hall, NewHolly Neighborhood Campus, 7054 32nd Ave. S.
- 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, Central Library auditorium, 1000 4th Ave.
- Allende will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at Town Hall at 8th and Seneca, in "A Conversation with Isabel Allende" with moderator Nancy Pearl, executive director of the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library.
- Allende will read from her new brand young adult novel, "Kingdom of the Golden Dragon," at noon Thursday, May 27, at the Central Library auditorium, 1000 4th Ave. This program is designed especially for students.
- Members of the South Park community are invited to meet Allende to discuss her books at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at all events, courtesy of The Elliott Bay Book Co.
Copies of these books are available for use by book discussion groups: "My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile," "City of the Beasts," "The Infinite Plan," "Paula," "The Stories of Eva Luna," "Eva Luna," and "The House of the Spirits." A reading group toolbox (reader's guide) for the works of Isabel Allende, designed to enhance a book group's discussion, will be available at all Seattle Public Library locations and several local bookstores beginning in April.
Book groups that wish to participate in the program may contact Chris Higashi at (206) 386-4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isabel Allende was born in Peru and raised in Chile. The niece of Salvador Allende, Chile's democratically elected Socialist president, she fled to Venezuela after Allende died in the military coup of Sept. 11, 1973, led by Augusto Pinochet. Allende worked as a journalist and school administrator before becoming a writer.
Allende is the author of several international bestsellers, including "The House of the Spirits," the memoir "Paula," and "The Stories of Eva Luna," a short story collection. Her most recent works are "My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile," and "City of the Beasts," her first novel for young adults. Her books have been translated into 30 languages and sold more than 10 million copies.
"Seattle Reads Isabel Allende" is presented by the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library, the literary and humanities programming arm of the Library. It is made possible by the Wallace Foundation with additional support from RadioSol 1360 AM.
For more information contact:
Linda Johns, Coordinator for Washington Center for the Book
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