Author Isabel Allende appears in New Orleans Nov. 17


Isabel Allende, the decorated and prolific Chilean-American author of numerous works of fiction and memoir, is in New Orleans to discuss her new book Nov. 17.

The discussion takes place at the Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center (4301 St. Charles Ave.). Local author Anne Gisleson will be in conversation with Allende about her new novel In the Midst of Winter. The book is about a series of events that transpire after a human rights scholar gets into a minor car accident with an undocumented immigrant in Brooklyn.

Allende's fiction often makes use of elements of magical realism, and her characters hail from global cultures including and beyond Latin America. Her works also frequently engage with political realities and how political upheaval can affect personal relationships.

You must buy a ticket, which includes a signed copy of the book, from host organization Garden District Book Shop to attend the event. Tickets are $30.80. Unsigned books also are available in Spanish.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m.

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