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Marie Arana

Marie Arana (born 1949) is an editor and author.

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 PEN/Memoir Award); editor of a collection of Washington Post essays about the writer's craft, "The Writing Life" (2002); and the author of "Cellophane" . Her most recent novel, published in January 2009, is "Lima Nights." She has written the introductions for many books, among them a National Geographic book of aerial photographs of South America, "Through the Eyes of the Condor."

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 USA Today, Civilization, Smithsonian magazine, The National Geographic, and numerous other literary publications throughout the Americas.

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