Women’s History Month celebrated with writer Marie Arana at the Embassy of Peru in Washington

Blanca Ochoa of the Embassy of Peru and writer Marie Arana, the featured speaker at a celebration of Women's History Month at the Peruvian Embassy on Wednesday evening.

Blanca Ochoa of the Embassy of Peru and writer Marie Arana, the featured speaker at a celebration of Women’s History Month at the Peruvian Embassy on Wednesday evening.

WRITER Marie Arana was the speaker at a celebration of Women’s History Month that was held at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, March 31. Ms. Arana, who was introduced by Peruvian Ambassador Lu? M. Valdivieso, talked about her writings, work and experiences growing up and living bicultural in the United States and facing cultural integration in a different continent.

MS. ARANA WAS born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian father and an American mother and spent her first nine years in the country before the family moved to New York. She is the former editor of The Washington Post Book Review section and is now a Writer-at-Large for the newspaper and Kluge Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress. Additionally, Ms. Arana is the author of the award-winning memoir “American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood,” as well as the novels “Cellophane” and “Lima Nights.”

Ambassador of Peru to the U.S. Lu? M. Valdivieso and Mrs. Cecilia Valdivieso

Ambassador of Peru to the U.S. Lu? M. Valdivieso and Mrs. Cecilia Valdivieso

Cristina Zamora and Vanessa Keating

Cristina Zamora and Vanessa Keating, executive director of Coprodeli USA, an organization that supports the work of Coprodeli in Peru, which provides aid to poor Peruvian families (www.coprodeliusa.org).

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