Marin author Isabel Allende awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Marin County author Isabel Allende is among 19 people to be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a country’s top open honor, a White House announced Monday.

The White House cited Allende’s inclusive outlay that includes 21 books in 35 languages, offered 65 million copies.

“From activists who fought for change to artists who explored a farthest reaches of a imagination; from scientists who kept America on a slicing corner to open servants who assistance write new chapters in a American story, these adults have done unusual contributions to a nation and a world,” President Barack Obama pronounced in a statement.

Other honorees this year embody musician Stevie Wonder, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, actors Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas, composer Stephen Sondheim, romantic Ethel Kennedy, long-serving U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, and Suzan Harjo, an disciple for Native Americans.

Choreographer Alvin Ailey will accept a post-mortem award.

Also to be respected posthumously will be James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, a 3 activists killed during a 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration expostulate in Mississippi. Their deaths helped lead to landmark polite rights legislation.

Other recipients embody scientist Mildred Dresselhaus, golfer Charles Sifford and economist Robert Solow.

The medals will be presented during a rite during a White House on Nov. 24.

Allende was innate in Chile and fled to Venezuela after her a slaying of her uncle, Chilean President Salvadore Allende. She changed to a United States in a 1980s. Her homes have enclosed Sausalito and San Rafael.

Allende’s books embody “The Sum of Our Days,” “Daughters of Fortune,” “Ripper” and “My Invented Country.”

The Associated Press and Tribune News Service contributed to this report

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