Imagine the world
Who are the new storytellers?
In 2007, Bogotá was the scene of an extraordinary event: a meeting of 39 young writers from 17 Latin American countries, presented in 60 events across 32 venues. All of them had had one or more works published and read in their own countries. Many were unknown outside them. The Department of Culture, Leisure and Sport of the District of Bogotá, as part of its programme supporting Bogotá World Book Capital 2007, welcomed this initiative produced by Hay Festival, which was named Bogotá39, and formed the point of departure for a warmly received continental interchange.
The selection process was the responsibilty of a jury made up of three Colombian writers: Piedad Bonnett, Héctor Abad Faciolince and Óscar Collazos. From nominations sent in by more than a thousand editors, critics and readers from all over the continent, the jury chose 39 writers who, in their opinion, had the talent and potential to define the the themes that would represent the future of Latin American literature.