Called “a magical storyteller” by the Daily Mail, Isabel Allende has written 19 books (translated into 35 languages), which have sold more than 57 million copies. Allende returns to the bestseller list—and to Seattle, and to Town Hall—with the suspense novel Maya’s Notebook, a gritty yet transcendent book that’s very different from Allende’s previous work: It has a contemporary setting, an American (of Latino descent) teenage drug addict as protagonist and narrator, and a realistic style of writing (rather than a magical realistic one). In it, 19-year-old Maya (whose voice is modeled on that of Allende’s Bay Area teenage granddaughter) falls into a life of drug addiction and crime. To rescue Maya, her Chilean grandmother sends her to Chiloe, a remote island off the southern coast of Chile. The book alternates between the U.S. and Chiloe as Maya records her story, trying to make sense of her past and unraveling the mysteries of her family and her life. Presented by Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Admission is free, but tickets are required through www.brownpapertickets.com beginning at 10 am April 12. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.
Other Arts & Culture, Community, Literary Events
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $35-$65.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $15-$20.