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!

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