Busy Isabel

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It has been quite a while since we’ve updated the blog. Apologies for the silence, but we have been busy getting ready for Isabel’s new novel, In the Midst of Winter, which just came out in Spanish and will be released in English this fall. We’ve also been doing some traveling!

Here is a photo essay of our recent meetings and travels:

Here we are with the team from the Global Fund for Women. Front row, from left: Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO; Isabel (holding her sweet dog Dulce), Rufaro Kangai, programs director; and Chandra Alexandre, VP of development. Back row, from left: Lori Barra, executive director of the Isabel Allende Foundation, and me, Sarah (with a halo). 

The Global Fund is doing inspiring work in South America (not to mention globally), including by partnering with organizations in Chile that act on behalf of women to prevent domestic and other forms of violence, and to promote economic and political empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In addition to meeting with many of our amazing grantees, we have also had the pleasure of watching Isabel receive an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was recognized as a Doctor of Humane Letters. Here she is with her fellow honorees, including (directly behind her) Senator Cory A. Booker of New Jersey, who gave the commencement address:

You can read more about the honorees and watch the ceremony here.

Isabel and I took a few road trips this spring, including to Santa Barbara, where I’d never been. Isabel gave a beautiful speech on creativity and the writing process for the University of California Santa Barbara’s Arts & Lectures series. As always, she was funny and bright, and Santa Barbara was beautiful!  

I love this photo, above, which comes courtesy of The Bottom Line, the UC Santa Barbara’s student-run newspaper. I am hovering over Isabel, trying to keep adoring fans from sneaking up from behind and taking selfies. She doesn’t like when people take selfies with her; she says she always ends up looking like a frog. There were many fans there that night in Santa Barbara, and one even broke out in song, singing to her a cappella in Spanish. It was haunting and beautiful, and I ended up more than a little smitten with that man.

We also took a road trip to sunny Sacramento, where the California Latino Legislative Caucus honored Isabel with one of its Latino Spirit Awards. You can watch a video about the event here.

Finally, a picture of Isabel receiving her beautiful award from the caucus on the State Senate floor.

As you can see, it’s been a busy few months!

3 Responses to Busy Isabel

  1. Florencia Víctoria June 10, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Querida Sarah, imaginé que estaban con muchas actividades y preparativos, gracias a San Google he podido ver y leer entrevista de nuestra querida Isabel.
    Realmente la energía de Isabel y de todas ustedes es admirable, tantas actividades, pero quedan con el corazón llenito de alegría y admiración…Yo feliz compartiría un día con ustedes, aunque sea para llevarles el café.. Así que si necesitan me dices no más
    Espero con ansias cuando vengan a CHILE
    El Premio que le otorgaron en Sicilia lo comentas aquí???
    Isabel se ve radiante,sin duda el amor es la mejor vitamina el verano se ha instalado en su vida
    En un grupo de Facebook ,fueron a la firma del libro….pusieron fotos y vídeos, Isabel siempre cálida y con su sorinsa que ilumina todo….a pesar del tremendo cansancio que debe ser firmar tantoooo libros
    Querida Sarah… contéstame por favor , Chandra puede traducir esta nota…
    Les mando un. Abrazo muy fuerte…!!

    La llamo Isabel del Alma mía. Ya que la llevó anclada en mi alma y por esa mujer fuerte adelantada a sus tiempos como fue doña Inés de Suárez. .
    Te quiero invitar y a todos Lori, Chandra , Nico a ver y seguir mi Instagram @comocada8deenero también lo tengo en Pinterest
    También deseo tu autorización para poner las fotos y lo que comentas por supuesto destacando que es del blog Mi Isabel Inventada… espero tu respuesta
    Gracias por este blog

  2. Irina June 20, 2017 at 6:24 am #

    So glad to see Isabel doing great and looking so pretty! Isabel, you are a real inspiration!

  3. eloisa donadelli June 28, 2017 at 12:58 am #

    I cant’t wait for the italian translation Isabel….two days ago, looking at your last book ‘l’amante giapponese’ fixed on my bed-side table I was wandering for a new one…
    a hug my favourite writer

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