Marie Arana’s new book, Bolívar: American Liberator, is the first popular biography in English about Venezuelan revolutionary Simón Bolívar. Known as the Great Liberator and often compared to George Washington, Bolívar was a larger-than-life figure who liberated six South American countries from Spanish rule.
I had the chance to cover a luncheon thrown by the Hay-Adams Author Series on Friday afternoon in honor of Toni Morrison’s receipt of the National Book Festival Award for Creative Acheivement. I’ve only read “Beloved,” but it’s a favorite of mine, and it was a treat to see her – she’s got a razor-sharp sense of humor. Marie Arana, who led a Q&A with Morrison, was also brilliant.
See my piece for Washingtonian here.