Isabel Allende returns to leadership lecture series

Isabel Allende, internationally acclaimed author and Marin County resident, returned to the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on February 6.

Allende presented her latest novel, Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco. She appeared on stage in conversation with her husband, William Gordon.

For more information or to purchase tickets and the book, contact Book Passage in Corte Madera by calling (415) 927-0960 extension 1 or visiting

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, features some of the country's leading figures from the worlds of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. It has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.

All lectures are open to the public.

Free parking is available on campus in the nearby Conlan Center parking lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand avenues.

Last April, Allende appeared in Angelico Hall on the day her last book, Maya’s Notebook, was released. Her books of fiction and non-fiction are celebrated throughout the world. She is the recipient of several awards, including The John Steinbeck Prize, The Hans Christian Anderson Prize, and 14 honorary degrees from national and international universities, including Dominican.

Allende, who created The Isabel Allende Foundation to empower women and girls worldwide, is the author of 20 books that have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 60 million copies. Two of her books have been turned into international movies.

The ILS 2014 Spring Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the oldest and largest privately-held wealth management firm in Marin County. Private Ocean’s commitment to community service has been a driving force behind its support of the lecture series.

Media Contacts:
Karen West, Book Passage Director of Events, 415-927-0960, Ext. 238, [email protected]
Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications and Media Relations, 415-485-3239, [email protected]