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Isabel Allende to Speak at 2015 International Fundraising Conference

November 26, 2014

Isabel Allende, the celebrated Chilean-American novelist, memoirist, and advocate for empowerment of women and girls worldwide, will speak at AFP’s 2015 International Fundraising Conference on Baltimore, March 29 – 31. 

Ms. Allende has been selected one of 19 recipients of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

The author of 21 books and recipient of 14 international honorary doctorates, Ms. Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.

Allende has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author.” In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize.

In 1996 she founded the Isabel Allende Foundation to honor her daughter, Paula Frias, who died at age 28. The foundation has awarded grants to more than 100 nonprofits worldwide delivering life-changing—and often life-saving—care to hundreds of thousands of women and children.

Since 1987, she has made her home in San Rafael, California, with her second husband, attorney and author William Gordon, and their extended families.

To register for the AFP International Fundraising Conference, the largest gathering of fundraisers in the world, click here!