Marie Arana

Marie Arana is the author of five books, among them her memoir American Chica, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award and winner of Books for a Better Life; The Writing Life, a collection of essays; and two highly acclaimed novels Cellophane and Lima Nights. Her biography of Simón Bolívar was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2014. Since 2010, she has been a writer at large for the Washington Post and a senior advisor to the U.S. Librarian of Congress.

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