Book Talk: ‘Silver, Sword, and Stone’ by Marie Arana


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Against the background of a thousand years of vivid history, acclaimed writer Marie Arana tells the timely and timeless stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent three driving forces that have shaped the character of the region: exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and religion (stone).

In Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, Arana seamlessly weaves these stories with the history of the past millennium to explain three enduring themes that have defined Latin America since pre-Columbian times: the foreign greed for its mineral riches, an ingrained propensity to violence, and the abiding power of religion. What emerges is a vibrant portrait of a people whose lives are increasingly intertwined with our own.

Please join the Inter-American Dialogue for the presentation of Marie Arana’s latest book and a conversation with NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten. 
6:00 – 7:00PM: Book Discussion 
7:00 – 7:30PM: Wine & Cheese Reception 

Copies of the book will be available for sale. Arana will sign copies from 7:00 to 7:30PM. 

Follow this event on Twitter at #SilverSwordStone and @The_Dialogue.

Welcome Remarks:

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Tom Gjelten

Religion and Belief, National Desk, NPR (@tgjelten)


Marie Arana

Author (@aranama)