Maya's Notebook

Isabel Allende

April 25, 2013

The speaker is at a far distance from the camera, in front of a large crowd.

Event Description

In her latest novel, acclaimed author Isabel Allende narrates the tumultuous life of Maya Vidal. Raised by her Chilean grandparents in Berkeley, California, Maya steps off the straight and narrow when her grandfather dies and ends up addicted and on the run in Las Vegas. Eventually found by her grandmother, Maya is sent to Chiloe, a remote island off the coast of southern Chile, to hide from her pursuers. There she tries to rebuild her life, sheltered by a septuagenarian recluse still haunted by his years as a political prisoner.


Isabel Allende is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The House of Spirits and Eva Luna. Her works have been translated into 35 languages and have sold 57 million copies worldwide. 

More Information

Read an article about this event in The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

Download a podcast of her talk.