Lecture: “Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of The Royal Commentaries of the Inca,” 2009
Marie Arana is a writer-at-large for the Washington Post, and former editor-in-chief of Book World, the literary review section of the Washington Post. Arana has written several books. Her most recent is Bolívar: An American Liberator, a biography of Simon Bolívar researched and written while in residence at the Kluge Center. Her previous works include Lima Nights, a novel published in January 2009, and Cellophane, a satirical novel set in the Peruvian Amazon, published in 2006 and a finalist for the John Sargent First Novel Prize. In 2001, she released a memoir about her bicultural childhood, American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, as well as the PEN/Memoir Award. 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, more recently, a book about Machu Picchu, Stone Offerings.