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Isabel Allende Celebrates The Soul of a Woman with Elizabeth Lesser and the Decatur Book Festival

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Charis and The Decatur Book Festival are very honored to welcome beloved author Isabel Allende in conversation with author Elizabeth Lesser for a celebration of Allende's newest book, The Soul of a Woman, in which she explores the question: what feeds the soul of feminists—and all women—today? 

As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, Allende rode the second wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, Allende for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote “with a knife between our teeth” about women’s issues. She has seen what the movement has accomplished in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one’s sexuality.

So what feeds the soul of feminists—and all women—today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”

This is a ticketed virtual event. Your ticket price includes a copy of the hardcover new release, The Soul of a Woman, which publishes on March 2, 2021. Please register here and you will receive an access code to view this event.  Ticket sales end at 5:30pm on March 9th. 

The AJC Decatur Book Festival, which is one of the largest independent book festivals in the country,  held a fabulous virtual festival in 2020 and the director of the festival, Joy Pope, will join us to share information about what this year's festival has in store for us! 

ELIZABETH LESSER is the author of several bestselling books, including Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes; Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most. She is the cofounder of Omega Institute, recognized internationally for its workshops and conferences in wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She has given two popular TED talks, and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.

This event is sponsored by Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.  

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The Soul of a Woman is Isabel Allende’s most liberating book yet.”—Elle

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Event Summary: 
Charis and the Decatur Book Festival welcome Isabel Allende for The Soul of a Woman