Against a thousand years of vivid history, in a work of striking originality and power, Marie Arana tells the stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent the driving forces that have shaped the character of the region.

Silver, Sword, and Stone

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Bolívar’s life is one of history’s most dramatic canvases, a colossal narrative replete with adventure and disaster, victory and defeat.

Bolívar

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American Chica transports us far beyond the conventional boundaries of ethnic memoir; with great delicacy, Arana helps us understand why the marriage of the Americas is as difficult as it is inevitable.

American Chica

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“Erotic, catastrophic . . . Arana’s novel of taboo passion, tragic misperception, and life’s hidden dimensions is as shattering as it is seductive.”

Lima Nights

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In her stunning fiction debut, Marie Arana has created a rich, boisterous saga about a remarkable family, a wondrous invention, and a powerful collision between science, magic, and faith.

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Silver, Sword, and Stone

“Monumental, stupendous. . . . a must-read for anyone who wants to understand this hemisphere.”
~Julia Alvarez

“Meticulously researched, the book’s greatest strengths are the power of its epic narrative, the beauty of its prose and its rich portrayals of character. . . . a marvelous book.”
~The Washington Post

“A lively and learned account of Latin America, ingeniously structured.”
~The New York Times

Bolívar: American Liberator

A major work of history, Bolivar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and turmoil that bedeviled Bolivar’s tragic last days.

“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

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Marie’s Story

Marie is a Peruvian-American author of nonfiction and fiction, senior advisor to the U.S. Librarian of Congress, literary director of the National Book Festival, the John W. Kluge Center’s former Chair of the Cultures of the Countries of the South, and a Writer at Large for the Washington Post. For many years, she was editor-in-chief of the Washington Post’s literary section, Book World. She has also written for the New York Times, the National Geographic, Time Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Spain’s El País, Colombia’s El Tiempo, and Peru’s El Comercio, among many other publications.

Silver, Sword and Stone

News & Events

Recent Interviews

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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.…

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Marie’s NPR Interview

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“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…

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The Kids Left Behind by the Boom, The New York Times

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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.…

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Premiere of “Girl Rising”

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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…

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