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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
NPR, Time Magazine, WAMU Radio, Washingtonian, El Universal, Caretas (Peru), and others interview Marie about Bolívar, the process of writing, and the Latin American character. WAMU RADIO: Click here for the WAMU interview with Jonathan Wison conducted in Marie’s office at the Library of Congress. QUOTE: “You begin to think about power and how people […]
“George Washington threw colonialists out of one country,” says the NPR, “but Simon Bolivar liberated six from Spanish rule.” In the interview that aired on April 13, the interviewer goes on to say: “Marie Arana has written a biography of the warrior statesman whose name is often invoked, but whose history is little understood. It’s called Bolivar: […]
Guest Columnist By Marie Arana Henrry Ochochoque is a jovial 12-year-old with a report card full of A’s and hopes pointed straight to the moon. Last year, he moved from the squalid gold-mining town of La Rinconada, Peru — at nearly 17,000 feet above sea level, the highest human habitation in the world — to […]
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, written in part by Marie, and directed by Oscar nominee Richard Robbins. The segment on Senna, a little girl who lives in the highest habitation in the world—the Peruvian gold mining town of La Rinconada—was written by Marie after traveling 18,200 feet up into a remote corner of the Andes. […]
“Finally, Bolivar gets the sweeping biography he deserves. He was the greatest leader in Latin American history, and his tale is filled with lessons about leadership and passion. This book reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history.” (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs ) “This is a magnificent story. Deeply researched […]