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26th Annual Literary Awards Festival Honoring Isabel Allende

Last Wednesday (28) Winona was one of several stars on hand at the PEN Center Literary Awards Festival in Beverly Hills. The event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel and honored the bestselling author Isabel Allende, who is considered the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author.

The 74-year-old’s first book, La Casa De Los Espíritus, was rejected by a number of publishers, before it was finally published in Buenos Aires in 1982. It became an immediate best-seller, won critical acclaim and Chile’s Novel of the Year, and was translated into 37 languages.

The story details the life of a single family, spanning four generations, tracing the post-colonial social and political upheavals of Chile — even though the country is never specifically named.

In 1993 it became the basis of the film The House Of The Spirits, boasting a star-crammed cast of Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas and Vanessa Redgrave, as well as a 22-year-old Ryder.

Check in our gallery pictures of Winona presenting Allende with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Winona Attends Tim Burton’s Imprint Celebration

Winona attended today in Los Angeles an imprint ceremony for Tim Burton at the Chinese Theater. She was chosen to introduce him and gave a heartfelt speech.

Hopefully pictures will surface later, but for now, you can watch the video that was live streamed below (Winona starts around 3:00min mark):