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January 26 @ 6:30 pm

An Evening with Isabel Allende


January 26
6:30 pm


Adrienne Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132 United States
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The Adrienne Arsht Center is proud to partner with Books & Books and Miami Book Fair to present Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea.

Beautifully human in a time when we seem to have forgotten what it is to be that way, A Long Petal of the Sea (Ballantine Hardcover; on sale Jan. 21) follows the lives of a young couple, Roser and Victor, forced to marry for survival and fleeing the Spanish Civil War, first by foot over mountains into France and finally by boat to Chile. Their unconventional love story, with its highs and lows, prevails in the toughest of circumstances as they search for identity, purpose and home. While Allende’s story starts in 1938 and ends in 1994, the parallels to what is happening today in our country, and around the world, are remarkable.

At the 2018 National Book Awards, Allende told the crowd, “Believe in the power of stories. If we listen to another person’s story, if we tell our own story, we start to heal from division and hatred.” In A Long Petal of the Sea, Allende provides us with a story of healing and a reminder that when love is at the foundation, people not only survive but live.

Isabel Allende’s first novel, The House of the Spirits, is universally lauded as magical realism at its best. The book quickly established her as one of the most esteemed storytellers of our time and began a literary legacy that would make her the highest-selling Spanish-language author in the world, with over 75 million copies of her books in print. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama and the PEN Center Lifetime Achievement Award.

Through the Isabel Allende Foundation, Allende is a champion for women’s rights worldwide. Her TED talk titled “How To Live Passionately — No Matter Your Age” (with over 3.5 million views) is a must-see.


Every $42 ticket includes admission to the event and a copy of A Long Petal of the Sea (available in English and Spanish).

*Pricing subject to change without notice. Fees apply. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

$10 tickets do not include a copy of A Long Petal of the Sea.




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