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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 Netflix’s Summer TCA Press

Yesterday Winona attended the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills during the Netflix presentation of her show Stranger Things.

She was joined by series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along stars Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin to discuss the breakout hit’s success as well as plans for any future seasons.

According to the creators, a second season is a sure thing, but no date will be announced since Netflix want’s to keep the buzz around the first season.

Ryder talked at length about her own career, transitioning from a child actress to adult roles. “My 30s were a little bit tough,” she admitted. “But the last few years I did a few things I was proud of,” singling out “Show Me a Hero.”

She said she initially scared by her first foray into the genre format. But “I adjusted my perspective and used my own confusion to try to figure what was going on for my character,” she said. “The reaction has been completely overwhelming in the best possible way. I don’t think I was expecting it.” Winona is not on social media, as she pointed during the press, but she’s aware of everything going on internet: “I have a good system: My parents read everything and forward me the best stuff.”

When you’re talking to lamps… after a while that you’re just praying it works,” she said. “The way they brought these storylines together so beautifully. It was falling in love with it all over again.”

Ryder said she had a lot of compassion for Joyce. “I did see her as someone who wasn’t perfect,” she said. “She was complicated, struggling. She carried a lot of guilt that she was leaning on her older son. Like a lot of women I know she was trying the best she can to get by. I appreciated her flaws… There’s nothing cookie-cutter or perfect about her. [And] she reacts quite appropriately to these insane things that are happening.”

Ryder also had some advice for her young co-stars: “The work is the reward,” she said. “The attention and the love is so great. I want everyone to feel it and savor it and they so deserve it. But also remember the work itself.”

As for those lights, she called filming those scenes the most challenging. “Those lights were like my rosebud,” she said. “I don’t think I knew it at the time.”

Photos wasn’t allowed during the panel, but Netflix released two official photos with Winona on it. Check it: