Article in El País

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Marie’s comments on the Latin American “Boom” appeared in the Madrid newspaper El País on November 18. No fue un boom de escritores sino de lectores La escritora y crítica peruana-estadounidense evoca cómo Cortázar le despertó el interés por la identidad “El peor legado del boom ha sido la falta de imaginación que provocó en…

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Marie reviews Paul Auster

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“You think it will never happen to you,” Paul Auster writes at the very start of this incandescent memoir. “That it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you,…

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Southern Historical Association Appearance

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Southern Historical Association, Mobile, Alabama, November 1-4, 2012. Marie will be a featured speaker at this scholarly conference, one of the most important gatherings of historians in the country. Her talk is titled “Reading Bolivar,” and will be a pre- publication talk about her new biography of Simon Bolivar.

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Marie interviews Mario Vargas Llosa

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National Book Festival: Saturday and Sunday September 22-23, 2012, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. National Book Festival, The National Mall, Washington, D.C. Marie will appear in conversation with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, September 23. She will also appear in conversation with Walter Isaacson (author of “Steve Jobs”)  and…

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The Hay-Adams Author Series in Washington DC

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The Hay-Adams Author Series, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Marie co-hosted a special luncheon appearance and conversation with Joyce Carol Oates at 12 noon at the Hay-Adams, on the corner of 16th St and H, Washington DC. For future tickets for Hay-Adams events, contact: mmiller@hayadams.com    

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Past Events

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Rollins College in April
Brown University in May
Marie will speak about her upcoming biography of Simon Bolivar and questions of Latin American identity in general.

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National Book Festival

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Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. National Book Festival, The National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Marie will appear in conversation with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk. She will also appear in conversation with the novelist Isabel Allende. Exact times to be posted. http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

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Ensayo de Jonathan Yardley sobre Marie Arana

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Marie Arana es una auténtica ciudadana hemisférica. Su escritura explora y abraza los dos lados de las Américas, tal como ella misma lo ha hecho durante toda su vida. Nacida en Lima, de padre peruano y madre “yankee”, se siente igualmente a gusto en ambas culturas.

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Interview with Marie

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To interview Peruvian American writer Marie Arana is to be reminded that every talented writer is first and foremost a passionate reader. She speaks about books with a clarity born of a fruitful career as editor, critic, and, most recently, writer—a clarity that is not lost when she speaks of her own highly autobiographical work.

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Jonathan Yardley’s essay on Marie Arana

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Marie Arana is truly a citizen of the hemisphere. Her writing explores and embraces both continents of the Americas, just as she herself has done throughout her life. Born in Lima to a Peruvian father and a Yankee mother, she is equally at ease in both of their cultures.

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