Marie Arana's portrait of America's largest and least understood minority.

Silver, Sword, & Stone
Silver, Sword, & Stone

“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


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

American Chica
American Chica

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.

Lima Nights

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


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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Latinoland: America’s Largest and Least Understood Minority

The new sweeping yet personal overview of theLatino population of America, drawn from hundreds of interviews and prodigious research that emphasizes the diversity and little-known history of our largest and fastest-growing minority.

Marie’s new book is available for pre-order now »

In LatinoLand Marie Arana unabashedly celebrates Latino resilience and character and shows us why we must understand the fastest-growing minority in America.

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


Marie Arana

Marie’s Story

Marie is a Peruvian-American author of nonfiction and fiction as well as the inaugural Literary Director of the Library of Congress. She is the recipient of a 2020 literary award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Among her recent positions are: Director of the National Book Festival, the John W. Kluge Center’s Chair of the Cultures of the Countries of the South, and Writer at Large for the Washington Post. For many years, she was editor-in-chief of the Washington Post’s book review section, Book World.

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Lima Nights se publica en el Perú – Entrevista

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La novela “Lima Nights” fue publicada en Lima, Perú y recibió elogios, nombrada por el crítico literario de El Comercio Ricardo González Vigil como una de las mejores novelas peruanas de 2014. Marie fue entrevistada por Clara Elvira Ospina en el programa de Canal N “Tiempo de Leer.” El libro fue traducido del ingles por el escritor peruano Ezio Neyra.

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Living Legend Award, Library of Congress

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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…

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Marie named the Library of Congress’s Chair of Cultures of the South

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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…

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Marie’s interview with E.L. Doctorow

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Marie Arana’s interview with E.L. Doctorow in which he talks about being named after Edgar Allan Poe and how he discovered that he was a novelist.

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