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Marcela Valdes is an award-winning journalist who specializes in writing about Latino and Latin American politics and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The NationThe Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe BelieverBookforum, and NPR.org, among other publications. Her essay on the making and meaning of Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666, “Alone Among the Ghosts” (The Nation, 2008), was reprinted as the introduction to Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview & Other Conversations (Melville House, 2009).

Valdes was born in Massachusetts and grew up in California before moving to New York City for college. She has worked as a book review editor for Publishers Weekly and as a columnist for The Washington Post Book World. She was a founder of Críticas, an English-language magazine devoted to Spanish-language books, and has twice served on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle. She has appeared on “The Diane Rehm Show,” “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” “The Kojo Nnamdi Show,” and “Morning Joe.” She currently lives in Maryland.


“All great writing begins with an open-minded attempt to understand a subject — be it a book, an event, or a person.


 

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