The Jefferson County Public Library is taking steps to ensure more people can watch a virtual event with the author Isabel Allende after initial registration for the event saw unprecedented interest. …
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The Jefferson County Public Library is taking steps to ensure more people can watch a virtual event with the author Isabel Allende after initial registration for the event saw unprecedented interest.
The event with Allende, who is known for writing “The House of the Spirits” and other magical realism novels, is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 5. Allende will be interviewed by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, an author from Colorado.
On Feb. 1, the library opened up registration for the Zoom event, which then a capacity of up to 1,000. However, after more than 1,200 people tried to register in just five days, the library has expanded the capacity for the event to allow up to 3,000 people to take part in it. Those interested in the free event can once again register at jeffcolibrary.org/isabel-allende/, although the library warns that it still expects the event to fill up even with the added capacity.
Allende plans to discuss her new memoir, “The Soul of a Woman” with Fajardo-Anstine. Released this year, the memoir focuses on the author's lifelong drive to empower girls and women.
Born in Peru to Chilean parents, Allende watched her mother struggle to raise three young children without appropriate resources or support, an experience that led her to a lifetime of advocacy for girls and women. In the book, Allende writes about what feeds the soul of all women “to be valued, to be safe, to have their own resources, and above all, to be loved.”
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