On November 10, President Obama named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including Chilean novelist Isabel Allende. “I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor,” said the President.
“From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”
Isabel Allende is a highly acclaimed author of 21 books that have sold 65 million copies in 35 languages. She has been recognized with numerous international awards. She received the prestigious National Literary Award in Chile, her country of origin, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Other nominees include actress Meryl Streep, singer Stevie Wonder and journalist Tom Brockaw.
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