Introduction to “Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview & Other Conversations”
Last interview by Mónica Maristain. Translation by Sybil Perez. Annotations by Tom McCartan. Melville House, 2009.

Newspapers & Magazines

Marcela Valdes’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, Bookforum, and Publishers Weekly, among other periodicals. Highlights include:

27 Million Potential Hispanic Votes. But What Will They Really Add Up To?
The New York Times Magazine. Cover story. September 18, 2016.

When Doctors Took ‘Family Planning’ Into Their Own Hands
The New York Times Magazine “Notebook.” February 1, 2016.

Jorge Ramos’s Long Game
The New York Times Magazine “Notebook.” September 25, 2015.
Also printed as “The Crossover” in The New York Times “Business Day,” page B1. Monday, September 28, 2015.

Jorge Ramos Is Not Walter Cronkite
The New York Times Magazine “Notebook.” August 31, 2015.

An immigrant’s path to success
The Washington Post. August 7, 2015.

Mario Vargas Llosa’s delicious melodrama of sex, love and revenge
The Washington Post. July 16, 2015.

Immigrant Dreams: The Enduring Power of David Riker’s “La Ciudad”
The Intercept. June 6, 2015.

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning explorer of myth and reality, dies at 87
The Washington Post. Page One. April 17, 2014.

Lethal Immigration
Columbia Journalism Review. March 4, 2014.
Review of Mirta Ojito’s “Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town”

Benjamins or Bullets: How Mexico Became a Narco-Democracy
Columbia Journalism Review. November 1, 2013.

What Did You Do in the Dirty War?
New York Times Book Review. July 5, 2013.
Review of Patricio Pron’s novel “My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain”

Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel April 11, 2013.

Unmanageable Realities: On César Aira
The Nation. April 10, 2012.

Seed Projects
The Nation. July 6, 2009.
Review of Alejandro Zambra’s novels “Bonsai” & “La vida privada de los árboles.”

Alone Among the Ghosts
The Nation. December 8, 2008.
Investigative essay on Roberto Bolaño’s masterful novel “2666.”

Windows Into the Night
The Nation. March 31, 2008.
Review of Roberto Bolaño’s posthumous collection of essays, “Entre paréntesis.”

His Stupid Heart: Roberto Bolaño’s Novels Were a Love Letter to His Generation, But What He Had to Say Many Chileans Didn’t Want to Hear
Virginia Quarterly Review. Winter 2008.
Investigative essay on Roberto Bolaño’s short novels “Distant Star” and “By Night in Chile.”

Rules of the Game
The Nation. December 3, 2007.
Review of José Maria de Eça de Queirós’s 19th-century masterpiece, “The Maias.”

Spanglish Fly
Bookforum. Sept/Oct/Nov 2007.
Review of Junot Diaz’s award-winning novel, “The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

Campaign Tools
The Washington Post Book World. November 5, 2006.
Book World column on the rise of the book as political tool.

The Washington Post Book World. October 22, 2006.
Book World column on history and mechanics of the book embargo.

The Old–Fashioned Way
The Washington Post Magazine. September 3, 2006.
Cover story on the marriage of two devout Catholics immigrants.

What a Change in Genre Means to African Americans
The Washington Post Book World. June 18, 2006.
Book World column on controversy surrounding “street lit.”

Some Stories Have to Be Told by Me: A Literary History of Alice Munro
Virginia Quarterly Review. Summer 2006.
Essay on the life and fiction of Alice Munro

A Long Look Home
Publishers Weekly. June 13, 2005.
Profile of the Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala.

Yukio Mishima and the Dream of the Holy Explosion
The Believer. February 2004.
Essay on the Japanese author Yukio Mishima and the psychology behind suicide bombs.