Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

7PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover
IN CONVERSATION WITH ALBERTO RÍOS



203 West Adams Street, Phoenix 85003 [map]
Doors open at 6pm.

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The Chilean-American literary legend behind The House of the Spirits visits to discuss her new novel, The Japanese Lover, with Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos.
 

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EVENT GUIDELINES
• ADMISSION PACKAGES:
→ $35: One (1) admission and one (1) copy of The Japanese Lover
→ $40: Two (2)  admissions and one (1) copy of The Japanese Lover
• Books will be distributed to ticket-holders at the Orpheum.
• Books will be pre-signed. There will be no public meet-and-greet with Ms. Allende.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ISABEL ALLENDE is the bestselling author of twelve works of fiction, four memoirs and three young adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with more than 57 million copies sold. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

ABOUT THE HOST
ALBERTO RÍOS is Poet Laureate of Arizona and the author of twelve books of poetry and prose. He is a National Book Award finalist, as well a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Walt Whitman Award. Rios teaches at Arizona State University and is the host of a PBS program Books & Co. He lives in Chandler, Arizona.

ABOUT THE BOOK
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family — like thousands of other Japanese Americans — are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco's charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.
 
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