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About the Author

Marie was born in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Peruvian father and American mother. She moved to the United States at the age of 9, and grew up in Summit, New Jersey. She completed her BA in Russian Language and Literature at Northwestern University, her MA in Linguistics and Sociolinguistics at Hong Kong University, and earned a certificate of scholarship (Mandarin language) at Yale University in China.

She began her career in book publishing, becoming Vice President and Senior Editor at both Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster publishers in New York. In 1993, she started work at The Washington Post as Deputy Editor of the book review section, “Book World.”

Marie Arana

Marie was promoted to Editor in Chief of that section, a position she held for 10 years. Because Washington is one of the major book markets and because the Post’s reviews affect so many distinguished authors and politicians, in 2008 “Washingtonian” magazine called her one of the Most Powerful People in Washington. In 2009, she was Northwestern University’s Alumna of the Year. Currently, she continues to write for The Washington Post, has been a guest op-ed columnist at The New York Times, directs all programming for the National Book Festival as well as many literary events at the Library of Congress. In 2019, she became the Literary Director of the Library of Congress.

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