Isabel Allende with Javier Zamora - The Wind Knows My Name (Spanish or English) (Dominican University of California)

Isabel Allende
in conversation with Javier Zamora

The Wind
Knows My Name

Weds., June 14th, 2023 • 7:00pm PT
Angelico Hall - Dominican University of California

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

This event is presented in partnership with Canal Alliance and County of Marin Office of Equity. 

This powerful and moving novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea and Violeta weaves together past and present, tracing the ripple effects of war and immigration on one child in Europe in 1938 and another in the United States in 2019.

Vienna, 1938. Samuel Adler is five years old when his father disappears during Kristallnacht — the night his family loses everything. As her child’s safety becomes ever harder to guarantee, Samuel’s mother secures a spot for him on a Kindertransport train out of Nazi-occupied Austria to England. He boards alone, carrying nothing but a change of clothes and his violin.

Arizona, 2019. Eight decades later, Anita Díaz and her mother board another train, fleeing looming danger in El Salvador and seeking refuge in the United States. But their arrival coincides with the new family separation policy, and seven-year-old Anita finds herself alone at a camp in Nogales. She escapes her tenuous reality through her trips to Azabahar, a magical world of the imagination. Meanwhile, Selena Durán, a young social worker, enlists the help of a successful lawyer in hopes of tracking down Anita’s mother.

Intertwining past and present, The Wind Knows My Name tells the tale of these two unforgettable characters, both in search of family and home. It is both a testament to the sacrifices that parents make and a love letter to the children who survive the most unfathomable dangers — and never stop dreaming.

Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including Violeta, A Long Petal of the Sea, The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and Paula. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was one, and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran Civil War. In his debut New York Times bestselling memoir, SOLITO, Javier retells his nine-week odyssey across Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually through the Sonoran Desert. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of the war and immigration on his family. Zamora has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Javier's memoir SOLITO can be pre-ordered online and picked up at the event. Copies will also be available for purchase on site in both English and Spanish language editions.







Isabel Allende photo courtesy of the publisher. Javier Zamora photo courtesy of Gerardo Del Valle.



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The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780593598108
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2023

El viento conoce mi nombre / The Wind Knows My Name By Isabel Allende Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644738313
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Published: Vintage Espanol - June 6th, 2023

Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498064
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Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022