Marie’s interview with E.L. Doctorow

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Marie Arana’s interview with E.L. Doctorow in which he talks about being named after Edgar Allan Poe and how he discovered that he was a novelist.

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Ishiguro’s “Buried Giant” Defies Easy Categorization

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There are authors who write in tidy, classifiable, immediately recognizable genres — Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, William Faulkner, Gabriel García Márquez, to name a few — and then there are those who adamantly do not. These others can surprise us with story lines and settings that are guises to be worn and shucked after the…

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“Bolívar” is chosen as one of the top 10 books by Latinos in 2014.

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NBC-News, a major television network in the U.S., has chosen Marie Arana’s “Bolívar” as one of the top 10 books of the year in 2014. Of the ten chosen, “Bolívar” is number one, and the only biography. See more here.

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Marie’s review of José Saramago’s “Skylight”

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Saramago’s just published and long-neglected novel is a sketchbook for the superb work that Saramago would ultimately produce. And yet, there is no shortage of wonders to be found in it. More . . .  “Skylight” By José Saramago Review by Marie Arana “The journey never ends,” José Saramago once wrote. “Only travelers end.” We…

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Nadine Gordimer reflects on her Writing Life. With a profile by Marie Arana.

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Nadine Gordimer’s essay appeared in The Washington Post as part of Marie’s Book World series, “The Writing Life.”  Scroll to the bottom to read Marie’s profile of the writer. The essay and profile can be found in the book, “The Writing Life.” August 5, 2001 Sunday  A Nobel Prize-winner, on being a product of a…

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“Bolívar” wins the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography

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On April 11, 2014, Marie’s “Bolívar: American Liberator” won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography. The jury’s citation read: “In this glowing and exhilarating new biography on South American liberator and hero Simón Bolívar, the judges were swayed by the muscularity of Marie Arana’s prose, the grand sweep and enthralling emotions that she…

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Marie’s video about the film “Girl Rising”

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This short clip made just after Marie’s visit to the La Rinconada gold mines in Peru, describes her meeting with 14-year-old Senna, the child laborer, budding poet, and Marie’s subject for the film “Girl Rising.” In 2011, Marie visited the mines, which are situated under a glacier 18,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes. It…

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“Lima Nights” elegida mejor del año 2013

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La novela “Lima Nights” fue elegida por el critico literario del periódico Comercio, Ricardo González Vigil, como una de las 5 mejores novelas del año 2013. La novela es traducida por el novelista peruano Ezio Neyra. Ver más.

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Video about “Bolívar: American Liberator”

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Here is a video made just after the publication of “Bolívar: American Liberator” in the offices of Simon & Schuster. There are more of Marie’s talks you can watch about Bolívar: at Politics & Prose in Washington, for example. And, the latest, at the National Book Festival on the Capital Mall.

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Op-Eds in the New York Times

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In a series of guest Op-Ed columns for the New York Times, Marie explores a number of timely issues in Latin America, from poverty to Bolivarianism to new reverse-flow economies.   THE KIDS LEFT BEHIND THE BOOM: March 20, 2013, Lima, Peru Henrry Ochochoque is a jovial 12-year-old with a report card full of A’s…

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