Isabel Allende - Photo by Lori Barra
Isabel Allende – Photo by Lori Barra

January 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $42*

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

Books & Books, Miami Book Fair and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County present


From The New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits,

comes a new novel A Long Petal of the Sea

“Seamlessly juxtaposing exile with homecoming, otherness with belonging, and tyranny with freedom, the novel feels both timeless and perfectly timed for today.” – Publishers Weekly

Books & Books (@booksandbooks), Miami Book Fair (@miamibookfair) and the Arsht Center (@arshtcenter) are proud to present AN EVENING WITH ISABEL ALLENDE (@allendeisabel). On January 26, Isabel Allende, known as the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, will discuss her new novel A Long Petal of the Sea, a masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging.


Tickets to AN EVENING WITH ISABEL ALLENDE are available now at $42* and include a copy of her book, A Long Petal of the Sea. Tickets will be available to Arsht Center Culturist Members on November 13 at noon and to the general public on November 15 at noon. All tickets may be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at


BRINGAFRIEND to save! For every full-priced ticket purchased, guests can get a second ticket for only $10** by using the code BRINGAFRIEND.


A Long Petal of the Sea (Ballantine Hardcover; on sale Jan. 21, 2020) 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, is 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 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. For more information, please visit


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