Isabel Allende

Thursday evening, May 6th, I had the good fortune to attend a talk and reading by the most famous living Latin American author.  Isabel Allende read from her new novel Island Beneath the Sea at the Atlanta History Center to an auditorium full of fans.  She was a delight!!

It had been years since someone had read to me and I had quite forgotten what a pleasure that can be.  Author Allende reading her new book in her wonderful Latin American accent made for one of the most pleasureable evenings out I have had in a long time.  Island Beneath the Sea is an exciting story and as usual has a strong female character.  Notably, Allende advised when asked about her female characters from a member of the audience, that she did not know any women who were not strong.  Who can’t love an author that thinks that way?!

I also want to congratulate the Atlanta History Center for doing a good job of making the reading and signing a pleasurable experience for those attending.  I plan to attend more events there in the future.  The parking was good, the grounds are beautiful, the auditorium was comfortable, and the open bar wa a nice touch.

I have never read a book by Isabel Allende, but had fully intended to for some years.  Now that I have a signed copy of her new book, I will bump it up the “to-read” list.