Writers were selected by an expert jury comprised of Darío Jaramillo (Colombia), Leila Guerriero (Argentina) and Carmen Boullosa (Mexico), following a process of open submissions, which saw over 200 writers put forward for the list.
Highlighting the diversity and talent of the region’s literature, fifteen countries are represented on the list (see below): Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, México, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The announcement comes ten years after the first Bogotá 39 selection was made to mark Bogotá as World Book Capital 2007. A marker for a generation of Latin American literature, writers from that list went on to become renowned names of Hispanic literature, including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Daniel Alarcón, Guadalupe Nettel and Alejandro Zambra.
The list was revealed at the 30th International Book Fair of Bogota (FILBO) featuring two of the jurors Darío Jaramillo and Carmen Boullosa, editor Margarita Valencia, project coordinator Camilo Hoyos, and International Director of Hay Festival Cristina Fuentes La Roche.
Cristina Fuentes La Roche, International Director of Hay Festival, said:
“Ten years on from our first Bogotá39 selection in 2007, we are delighted to reveal a new list of writers to mark a new generation of Latin American writing talent. With events now running annually in Colombia, Peru and Mexico, we are proud to use this platform to celebrate the continent’s emerging literary stars. We hope the Bogotá39-2017 are as warmly received as their predecessors.”