Thursday, May 16, 2013
8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Isabel Allende
in conversation with Patt Morrison
discussing her novel, Maya’s Notebook

All Saints Church-Beverly Hills
504 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$20 General Admission
$40 Includes Allende’s new book, Maya’s Notebook
$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Allende’s book

Isabel Allende comes to Live Talks Los Angeles to discuss her latest novel, Maya’s Notebook.  Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages with more than 57 million copies sold. Two of her novels were made into major motion pictures. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Her books include: Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, a trilogy for young readers (City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies), Zorro, Ines of My Soul, and Island Beneath the Sea. Books of nonfiction include Aphrodite, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs — My Invented Country, Paula (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and The Sum of Our Days. Vist her website.

Already an international bestseller in Europe and Latin America, Maya’s Notebook, is unlike any of Allende’s previous books, yet preserves the storytelling elements that are her trademarks: a sweeping, beautifully imagined world, with flashes of wit and mischief at every turn.

MAYA’S NOTEBOOK is a bold departure for New York Times bestselling writer Isabel Allende. She has gone in a new direction with her first novel set in the present. Resolutely contemporary in both its voice and its themes, it is the story of Maya Vidal, a 19- year-old American girl whose troubled coming of age is marked by drugs, crime, and prostitution. Using the structure and suspense of a crime novel, with a touch of magic realism, Allende chronicles the teenager’s descent after the death of her beloved grandfather, and her recovery and rebirth when she is rescued by her tough but loving Chilean grandmother and sent to Chiloé, off the coast of Chile. On that magical island, Maya begins to write down memories of her terrible experiences and slowly regains her soul.

Patt Morrison  is a longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a radio host at NPR affiliate KPCC. She has won numerous awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and has published a bestselling book on the Los Angeles River. She is frequently interviewed about Southern California on the BBC and other television and radio programs, and was a founding host of “Life & Times” on KCET-TV, for which she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards. A Senior Fellow in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, Morrison was featured on the cover of “TALKERS Magazine” as one of the ‘’heavy hundred’’ of the nation’s talk radio hosts – a first for a public radio host.