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Marie Arana



Set in 1913 Buenos Aires, Carolina De Robertis’s novel stars a young woman emboldened by song.

  • Jul 14, 2015

Set in the misty bogs of medieval England, where dragons and wizards lurk, the novel has the ring of legend.

  • Feb 24, 2015

The Nobel laureate’s first novel, neglected for years, provides a glimpse into the young writer’s mind.

  • Dec 22, 2014

An electric jolt of a novel about urban youth, anomie, sex and crime.

  • Nov 17, 2014

In ‘Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured,’ Kathryn Harrison gives us her take on the Maid of Orleans.

  • Nov 7, 2014

Robin Varnum follows explorer Cabeza de Vaca on his hallucinatory trek through 16th century Americas.

  • Oct 10, 2014

Haruki Murakami’s new coming-of-age story takes us into a fractured modernity and its uneasy inhabitants.

  • Aug 11, 2014

A bustling tale of American reinvention, with two half-sisters toiling to reverse their fortunes.

  • Jul 28, 2014

A story of coming to the United States — and a ringing paean to love.

  • Jun 24, 2014

Educating girls is key to fighting global poverty and stemming sexual violence and exploitation of women and girls.

  • May 15, 2014
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Marie Arana is a former editor in chief of Book World at The Washington Post. Currently, she is a Writer at Large for The Post and a member of the Scholars Council at the Library of Congress. Arana is the author of a memoir about her bicultural childhood “American Chica,” which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award as well as the PEN/Memoir Award, and won the Books for a Better Life Award. She is the editor of a collection of Washington Post essays about the writer’s craft, “The Writing Life: How Writers Think and Work,” which is used as a textbook for writing courses in universities across the country. Her novel “Cellophane,” about the Peruvian Amazon, was a finalist for the John Sargent Prize. Her most recent novel is “Lima Nights.” She has chaired juries for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Awards, organized literary conferences for the Kennedy Center, and currently sits on the board of the National Book Festival. She has also been an active spokesperson on Latin America, Hispanic Americans and biculturalism. Currently, she is at work on a biography of Simón Bolívar, which is on contract with Simon & Schuster.
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