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Genre  American literature
Movies  Girl Rising
Spouse  Jonathan Yardley

Role  Author
Name  Marie Arana
Children  Adam Ward, Lalo Walsh
Marie Arana
Occupation  Author (fiction and nonfiction), Critic
Notable works  American Chica, "Cellophane," Lima Nights," "The Writing Life," "Bolivar: American Liberator"
Parents  Marie Campbell Arana, Jorge Arana
Books  American Chica, Lima Nights, The Writing Life: Writers o, Bolivar: American Liberator, Cellophane: A Novel
Similar People  Jonathan Yardley, Richard E Robbins, Aminatta Forna, Maaza Mengiste, Edwidge Danticat

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Marie Arana (born Lima, Peru) is an author, editor, journalist, literary critic, and member of the Scholars Council at the Library of Congress.


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Marie Arana was born in Peru, the daughter of Jorge Arana Cisneros, a Peruvian born civil engineer, and Marie Elverine Clapp, an American from Kansas and Boston, whose family has deep roots in United States. She moved with her parents to the United States at the age of 9, achieved her B.A. in Russian at Northwestern University, her M.A. in linguistics at Hong Kong University, a certificate of scholarship at Yale University in China, and began her career in book publishing, where she was vice president and senior editor at Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster.

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For more than a decade she was the editor in chief of "Book World", the book review section of The Washington Post, during which time she instituted the partnership of The Washington Post with the White House (First Lady Laura Bush) and the Library of Congress (Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress) in hosting the annual National Book Festival on the Washington Mall. She is currently Co-Director of the National Book Festival. Arana is a Writer at Large for The Washington Post. She is married to Jonathan Yardley, the Post's chief book critic, and has two children from a previous marriage, Lalo Walsh and Adam Ward; as well as two stepchildren, Jim Yardley and Bill Yardley.

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Marie Arana is the author of a memoir about a bicultural childhood American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood (finalist for the 2001 National Book Award as well as the Martha PEN/Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir); editor of a collection of Washington Post essays about the writer's craft, The Writing Life (2002); and the author of Cellophane (a satirical novel set in the Peruvian Amazon, published in 2006, and a finalist for the John Sargent Prize). Her most recent novel, published in January 2009, is Lima Nights (its Spanish edition [2013] was selected by El Comercio's chief book critic as one of the best five novels of 2013 in Peru. Arana's most recent book is "Bolívar: American Liberator," a biography of the South American revolutionary leader and founder Simon Bolivar The book was published by Simon and Schuster in April 2013. It won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. She has written introductions for many books, among them a National Geographic book of aerial photographs of South America, Through the Eyes of the Condor. and she is a frequent spokesperson on Hispanic issues, Latin America, and the book industry.

Arana has served on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. For many years, she has directed literary events for the Americartes Festivals at the Kennedy Center. She has been a judge for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award as well as for the National Book Critics Circle. Her commentary has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the "Virginia Quarterly Review," USA Today, Civilization, Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic, and numerous other literary publications throughout the Americas.

Arana was a Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University in 1996 and then again in 1999, an Invited Research Scholar at Brown University in 2008-2009. In October 2009, Arana received the Alumna Award of the Year at Northwestern University.

In April 2009, Arana was named John W. Kluge Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress through 2010. In September 2009, she was elected to the Scholars' Council of the Library of Congress as well as the Board of Directors of the National Book Festival.

Arana was scriptwriter for the Latin American portion of the film "Girl Rising," which describes the life of Senna, a 14-year-old girl in the Andean gold-mining town of La Rinconada. At 17,000 feet above sea level, it is the highest human habitation in the world. The film was part of a campaign to promote the importance of girls' education. Arana's writing about that experience, which was published in The Best American Travel Writing 2013, was named one of "the most gripping and sobering" of the year.

In March 2015, Arana directed the Iberian Suite Festival Literary Series for the Kennedy Center. In the course of seven programs, she featured more than two dozen Spanish-language and Portuguese-language writers from around the world.

In October 2015, Arana was named Chair of the Cultures of the Countries of the South, an honorary post at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. She is currently an expert advisor to national and international outreach programs of the Library of Congress, Senior Advisor to the Librarian of Congress, as well as Literary Director in charge of programming for the National Book Festival.

Book reviews by Marie Arana

  • Book Review by Marie Arana: "An Atlas of Impossible Longing" by Anuradha Roy, The Washington Post, April 25, 2011
  • "Sally Ryder Brady's memoir of marriage, 'A Box of Darkness,'" review by Marie Arana of "A Box of Darkness" by Sally Ryder Brady, The Washington Post, February 4, 2011
  • "Undone by a House of Dreams," review of "Bird Cloud: A Memoir" by Annie Proulx, by Marie Arana, The Washington Post, January 21, 2011
  • "A History of Ballet: it's not all tutus and sugar plums," review of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet, by Jennifer Homans. Random House. by Marie Arana, The Washington Post, December 22, 2010
  • Stacy Schiff's new biography of Cleopatra, reviewed by Marie Arana, The Washington Post Book World, November 2, 2010
  • Jessica Stern's "Denial: A Memoir of Terror," reviewed by Marie Arana, The Washington Post Book World, August 15, 2010
  • "Marie Arana reviews 'Dreams in a Time of War' by Ngugi wa Thiong'o," The Washington Post, March 10, 2010
  • Andre Aciman's "Eight White Nights," reviewed by Marie Arana, The Washington Post Book World, February 9, 2010
  • "Love as a relic, frozen in amber," review of "The Museum of Innocence," by Orhan Pamuk, The Washington Post Book World, October 20, 2009
  • Online chats

    Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between,

  • Off the Page: Marie Arana and Richard Bausch, host: Carole Burns, December 10, 2007
  • Live Online, Book Club Live!,

  • Marie Arana, Book World Editor, hosts discussion of Alice McDermott's "At Weddings and Wakes," November 3, 2000
  • Commentary by Marie Arana

  • "Why We Should Get Rid of the Nobel Prize in Literature," by Marie Arana, The Washington Post Outlook, April 19, 2009
  • "He's Not Black," by Marie Arana, The Washington Post Outlook, November 30, 2008
  • The Elusive Hispanic / Latino Identity, Marie Arana, Nieman Reports, Nieman Foundation, Summer 2001 (excerpted from a resource guide for journalists put together by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists)
  • Audiolinks

  • "A Conversation with Laura Lippman," interview with author Laura Lippman by Marie Arana, The Washington Post Book World, August 11, 2009
  • Marie Arana hosts Barack Obama, Amy Sedaris, and John Updike, Book Expo America #12 – Saturday Book & Author Breakfast, June 23, 2006
  • Marie Arana discusses American Chica on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, January 6, 2001
  • Video links

  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Marie Arana introduces Dr. James Billington, Library of Congress, who presents author Isabel Allende, followed by dialogue between Allende and Arana, National Book Festival, October 2010 on YouTube
  • Marie Arana speaks at Embassy of Peru, May 1, 2010 on YouTube
  • Marie Arana's address at Northwestern University upon being awarded 2009 Alumnae of the Year, 3 of 3 on YouTube
  • Marie Arana's address at Northwestern University upon being awarded 2009 Alumnae of the Year, 2 of 3 on YouTube
  • Marie Arana's address at Northwestern University upon being awarded 2009 Alumnae of the Year, 1 of 3 on YouTube
  • Celebration of Marie Arana, words by Bob Kaiser, Marcus Brauchli, Donald Graham, The Washington Post Newsroom, December 18, 2008 on YouTube
  • Marie Arana presents the 2008 National Book Award in Nonfiction to Annette Gordon-Reed, for "The Hemingses of Monticello." Eric Bogosian introduces Arana. More information at (video posted December 4, 2008) on YouTube
  • Marie Arana delivers 2008 Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Address, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, September 18, 2008
  • Marie Arana speaking at National Book Festival, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, September 30, 2006
  • Marie Arana speaking at National Book Festival, introduction by Michael Dirda, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, September 8, 2001
  • References

    Marie Arana Wikipedia

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