As noted when the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) announced its 2021 lineup, Literary Director Clay Smith said holding an all-virtual event expanded the range and number of authors available for the three-day festival.

On Monday, the annual book fair announced the addition of Chilean novelist Isabel Allende to its roster of 200 authors scheduled to appear April 9-11. Allende is the author of 25 bestselling books, including her first novel The House of the Spirits and the memoir My Invented Country, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and recipient of the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Allende’s April 11 appearance is in partnership with the Miami Book Fair. While most of the book fair’s events are free, the Allende session is ticketed at $28 each, with registration required.

The fee includes a copy of Allende’s new book, The Soul of a Woman, which will be sent out to ticketholders following the session, and a processing fee for local independent bookstore Nowhere Bookshop.

The session with moderator Anjanette Delgado, a Puerto Rican author and journalist, will focus on the new book’s main subject of feminism. On Allende’s website, the summary of the book states that it begins with the declaration, “When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating.”

The SABF announcement calls Allende a proud feminist and human rights activist and notes the foundation the author established in honor of her late daughter, Paula Frias, who volunteered in poor communities in Venezuela and Spain before her untimely death from a rare blood disorder in 1992, at age 28.

The session with Allende and Delgado will take place online at 3:30 p.m. on Apr. 11. Registration is available on the SABF “online edition” website.

Nicholas Frank

Nicholas Frank

Nicholas Frank moved from Milwaukee to San Antonio following a 2017 Artpace residency. Prior to that he taught college fine arts, curated a university contemporary art program, toured with an indie rock...