Library of Congress podcast about “Bolivar: American Liberator”

Marie is interviewed by Francisco Macías for the Library of Congress archives. Hear the podcast here.


Francisco Macias from the Library of Congress speaks with Marie Arana, who appeared at the National Book Festival on September 21, 2013, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


The daughter of a Peruvian father and an American mother, Marie Arana was born in Lima, Peru, and when she was 9, she moved to New Jersey. Arana is a former editor of The Washington Post’s Book World and is now a writer-at-large for that newspaper. Arana’s memoir, “American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood,” was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. Arana has recently turned to biography with “Bolívar: American Liberator,” which The Washington Post described as “magisterial in scope, written with flair and an almost cinematic sense of history happening.”

About the 2013 National Book Festival

The 2013 National Book Festival was held on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 2013, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Our podcast series features one-on-one chats with some of this year’s featured authors.