Isabel's beloved step-father Tío Ramón passed away in January, less than four months after her mother Panchita.
In March Willie Gordon, Isabel's ex-husband, passed away.
A Long Petal of the Sea is published in Spanish.
In July Isabel marries Roger Cukras in an intimate ceremony in Washington, DC.
In May Isabel was invited to the Christian Dior Cruise 2019 Show (link). The designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, got inspiration from Isabel's writings. Here she is with Maria and her daugher.
Isabel's mother Panchita passed away in September. They wrote each other every day since 1986 we all miss her very much.
Isabel receives the National Book Award in November (you can see Isabel's speech here).
In August Isabel goes to Chile to celebrate Tío Ramón’s 100th birthday.
In September, she received the 2016 PEN Center Lifetime Achievement Award.
In October Isabel is one of two honorees at the Center for Reproductive Rights Gala in New York.
In December she is inducted in the California Hall of Fame.
The Japanese Lover is published in English and Spanish.
After 27 years of marriage Isabel and Willie go their separate ways.
Isabel travels to Miami in March to receive the Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction from the Florida International University English Department’s Creative Writing program.
Gratitude Party with the “tribe” in celebration of Isabel and Willie’s life together; event held June 30 at Boulette’s Larder in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., celebrates its 25th Anniversary Gala in April, presenting Isabel with an award for Excellence in the Arts.
In Odense, Denmark, Isabel receives the Hans Christian Andresen Literary Award and a kiss from her favorite prince, HRH Crown Prince Frederik.
Isabel honors 2012 Espíritu Award winners The Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood on October 22 in NYC. Two days later, she presents an award to Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women, at the Center for Reproductive Rights’ inaugural gala.
California’s San Jose State University and the city of San Jose proclaim November 27 Isabel Allende Day.
Isabel begins a yearlong sabbatical in January. Nobody quite believes it.
Isabel receives the City of Alcalá Arts and Letters award (Spain).
Maya’s Notebook published in Spanish.
© AP Photo/Roberto Candia
Isabel participates in Chile Helps Chile, a 24-hour television fundraiser to aid earthquake victims. The March telethon results in nearly $60 million in donations, double the expected amount.
My Invented Isabel blog launched; authored by “Sarah”, shameless family spy.
Isabel speaks at the National Book Fair, held September 25 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Isabel travels to Camp Hope in Chile’s Atacama Desert on September 19 to speak via telephone to the 33 miners trapped underground following a cave-in on August 5. Accompanying her are President Sebastian Pinera and Senator Isabel Allende, her cousin and the daughter of Salvador Allende.
Chile awards Isabel the National Prize for Literature (Premio Nacional de Literatura), the nation’s most prestigious literary award, on September 2.
Doña Panchita celebrates her 90th birthday.
A Member of the Board of Trustees (Patronato), Isabel attends the annual meeting in Madrid of the Cervantes Institute. Also in attendance for the October 13 event are King Juan Carlos I (a fellow board member) and Queen Sofia.
Isabel meets with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the Chilean Embassy in Washington, D.C., on June 22.
Isabel is a keynote speaker at the annual Women & Power Conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
Island Beneath the Sea published in Spanish.
Isabel speaks at Sweden’s Göteborg Book Fair.
Isabel named a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cervantes Institute, a Spanish governmental organization that promotes Spanish language and culture throughout the world.
On behalf of the nonprofit organization Free The Slaves, Isabel presents a Frederick Douglass Freedom Award to Veero, an illiterate Pakistani woman who escaped debt-bondage slavery and later staged a sit-in at a police station to demand that authorities take action to free others. Ceremony held in Los Angeles on October 13.
Isabel receives an honorary doctorate from San Francisco State University; degree delivered by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Inés of My Soul published in Spanish. The book is launched in Plasencia, the birthplace of the novel’s heroine.
Despite the fact that she has never participated in sports (much less shown any athletic ability), Isabel is one of eight Olympic flag bearers—all women—at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Isabel represents Latin America.
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon published in English; publication coincides with the city of Seattle’s choice of Isabel as the featured author of the year.
Isabel named Ambassador to Hans Christian Andersen’s Bicentenary at Rosenberg Castle in Copenhagen. HRH Crown Prince Frederik and Lars Seeberg, Secretary General of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, present the award.
Isabel inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
City of the Beasts, the first installment in a trilogy for young adults, published in Spanish.
Aphrodite published in Spanish.
Democracy reinstated in Chile and Patricio Aylwin elected president.
After a 15-year absence, Isabel returns to receive the Gabriela Mistral Inter-American Prize for Culture, given in honor of the Chilean Nobel laureate, poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist.
The Stories of Eva Luna published in Spanish.
Isabel marries Willie Gordon on July 17 in San Francisco. They live in nearby San Rafael.
Eva Luna published in Spanish.
Isabel and Miguel Frías divorce.
The House of the Spirits published in Spanish.
When she receives the news that her 99-year-old grandfather is dying, Isabel begins a letter to him that ultimately becomes the manuscript for The House of the Spirits.
Temporary separation from Miguel Frías. Isabel moves to Spain for two months before returning to her marriage.
Blacklisted by the government, Isabel emigrates to Venezuela with her husband and children, where they remain for the next 13 years. She contributes to El Nacional, an influential newspaper in Caracas.
General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte stages a coup on September 11. Salvador Allende dies during the coup. Although many Chileans believe he was assassinated, Pinochet’s military government claims Allende committed suicide.
Isabel contributes to the children’s magazine Mampato; she eventually becomes editor-in-chief. She also publishes two children’s stories, La abuela Panchita and Lauchas y lauchones, as well as a collection of humorous articles entitled Civilice a su troglodita.
Isabel begins her television career, hosting a popular humor program and conducting interviews. Her programs enjoy great popularity.
Salvador Allende elected first socialist president of Chile. Ramón Huidobro, Isabel’s stepfather, is appointed ambassador to Argentina.
Isabel writes for Paula, the first feminist magazine in Chile, which she co-founded. In addition to articles, she writes a satirical column called Los impertinentes (The Impertinents).
Daughter Paula born. Isabel travels throughout Europe with her husband and daughter. They live in Belgium and Switzerland.
Isabel joins the United Nations, working for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Santiago.
Following the Suez Canal crisis, Isabel returns to Chile to finish her secondary studies. She meets her future husband Miguel Frías, who is an engineering student.
Doña Panchita marries Ramón Huidobro, a career diplomat, who is subsequently appointed to Bolivia and Lebanon. Isabel attends a North American private school in Bolivia and an English private school in Lebanon.