Marie Arana is Writer at Large for the Washington Post and Senior Consultant to the Librarian of Congress. She is the author of the memoir American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood (Dial, 2001), a finalist for the National Book Award; the novels Cellophane (Dial, 2006) and Lima Nights (Dial, 2009); and The Writing Life: Writers On How They Think and Work (PublicAffairs, 2002). Her newest book is a biography, Bolivar: American Liberator, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 2013. Arana has been an executive editor at two major publishing houses and sits on the boards of a number of cultural institutions, including VQR. She has been a judge for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.