Marie Arana’s work features heavily on this Audible audio books feature. Both the English and Spanish editions of Bolívar as well as Silver, Sword and Stone are celebrated as works that “find authors from the land of your ancestors and learn why reclaiming Latino heritage has become so popular worldwide”
“…Marie Arana deftly chronicles his epic life with propulsive prose, including a killer first sentence: “They heard him before they saw him: the sound of hooves striking the earth, steady as a heartbeat, urgent as a revolution.””
From the New York Times BY THE BOOK interview. Among other things, the author of “Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story” is reading a novel based on a juicy scandal in her own family. Read the full article at NYT (subscription required)
In Silver, Sword, and Stone Marie Arana seamlessly weaves these stories with the history of the past millennium to explain three enduring themes that have defined Latin America since pre-Columbian times: the foreign greed for its mineral riches, an ingrained propensity to violence, and the abiding power of religion.
Marie to interview Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Living Legend Award, Monday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium (10 First Street, S.E., Washington D.C.) Registration required: Send reservation to [email protected] LIVING LEGEND AWARD, Symposium and Award Ceremony, Monday, April 11, 2016 2:00 pm: Symposium Panel I, The Scholars Speak Rubén…
On October 23, Marie Arana was named the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Chair of the Cultures of the Countries of the South. She will hold this position until June of 2016. Read the Library of Congress’s press release here.
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.
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…
“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…
“Compelling. It’s an age-old story, but in Arana’s skillful, perceptive telling, her characters propel themselves toward a climax both unpredictable and inevitable.” —The Washington Post