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A film is not a novel – or is it?Spanish film director Fernando Trueba began his film career with Ópera Prima (1980), winning the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1992 with Belle Epoque. He has just launched El Baile de la Victoria, which is also in the running to be selected for the Oscars this year. He talks books and cinema with Roberto Pombo, director of El Tiempo.Patrocinado por El Tiempo
The blog as journalSince the arrival of the internet, the blog has become one of the most popular platforms for literary and journalistic creation. However, there is no definite answer yet on how this tool works from a publishing perspective, what is the impact on public opinion or what guarantees the quality of its content. Francis Pisani, one of the most important digital visionaries today, and Mario Tascón, founder of elmundo.es and director of the blog 233grados, will debate with Jaime Abello.Coorganizado con la Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano con el apoyo de la Fundación PROA y TenarisTubocaribe
How Hitler Lost the Second World WarThe British historian and journalist Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War, has analysed the conflict in which more than 50 million people died. Were the German generals that blamed Hitler for the defeat right, or did they just incriminate him to hide their own mistakes?This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.Con el apoyo del British Council
in conversation with Mario JursichThe pleasure and responsibility of reviewing books: In this event our guests, consummate readers who have also reviewed many books and authors, will give their opinion about very common and yet pertinent questions, such as the role of book reviews today, how to convey the emotions experienced in reading, how to point out shortcomings, and how to select a book out of the immense choice on offer.
On vampires, and other gothic experiencesThe world of vampires seems to be coming back to life with unusual strength, both in literature and in cinema and television. Is this just one trend of many in a new and bloody century, or the resurgence of a genre, the rebirth of a symbology and of rituals to define our current selves?
Poetry and Fiction – Hazy BordersWhere is the border between poetry and fiction? Are they the same or are they two different ways to express the same feeling? Or is there a new form of expression that increasingly eliminates any difference between genres?Con el apoyo de la Embajada de España
Vallenato and StoriesDavid Sánchez Juliao, many-time winner of the National Prize for Short Stories, and the writer and star journalist of RCN, Juan Gossaín, analyse the lyrics of the vallenato.Patrocinado por Carbones del Cerrejón
RCN Ministry of Education Short Story Competition: Our origins as writersThe writers Ramón Cote, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Zoé Valdés, Yolanda Reyes and Alfredo Gómez Cerdá, the jury of the third RCN Ministry of Education Short Story Competition, tell us how they started writing and what keeps them writing many years after. Following the event, the young winners will receive their awards.
Reviewing DarwinElsdon-Baker, who manages the project 'Darwin Now', which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, explores historical, philosophical and scientific theories that question the arguments of the visionary biologist. His book, The Selfish Genius, defends a more plural approach to understanding the theory of the evolution of species. In conversation with Dr Jaime Bernal, director of the Institute of Genetics of the Universidad Javeriana.This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.Con el apoyo del British Council
History and TelevisionThe stormy relationship between the small screen and the history of Colombia has led to a shortage of history programmes on Colombian TV. Why does television pay so little heed to the country's past? Is it true that history is not strong enough to fight for the ratings against Miss Colombia contests and drug dealing? Experts Sergio Cabrera and William Ospina analyse the pros and the cons of a genre that was once crowned with laurels and now struggles to rise from its own ashes. Chaired by Juan Carlos Pérez Flórez.Patrocinado por RCN Radio-Televisión
Darwin and the artsGillian Beer, fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University, who has studied Darwin’s works and their relationship with literature, reveals an unknown side of the British genius. During his youth, Darwin showed a special interest in arts that disappeared in his mature years. She investigates this matter: what happened to his aesthetic sensitivity? Did it disappear or just re-emerge under a different form in his later works?This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.Con el apoyo del British Council
Writer Almudena Grandes is the author of seven novels and three short story collections; her works revolve around the recent history of Spain, which she approaches in a very personal way. Her latest book is The Frozen Heart; she talks to Darío Jaramillo.Con el apoyo de la Embajada de España
Literature as a game or the game of literatureA blank page is also a space for playing. Combinations of words and ideas play there. Characters and stories play there. More than a place for order and solemnity, it is a space for subversion and fun. Nothing is more serious than the literary game. Màrius Serra, writer and journalist fascinated by games of words and founder of the project Verbalia, talks to the writer, journalist and film critic Hugo Chaparro.Con el apoyo del Instituto Ramón Llull y el Fondo de Cultura Económica
Memory talksLiterature can be described as a means of creating memory – that is, we remember and reinvent the past, and by doing so, we make literature. To regain the past, to wonder about its impact in our present, or to question its apparent irrefutability, are matters that belong to literary memory. With Zoé Valdés, writer, poet and Member of the Order of Arts and Letters in France; Manuel Vicent, Spanish writer and winner of the Alfaguara Prize in 1999 with Sound of the Sea and the Nadal Prize in 1986 with Balada de Caín, and Almudena Grandes, author of The Frozen Heart, in conversation with the journalist Juan David Correa.
Wayuu FictionA look to the literary production in wayuu. With Wilder Guerra, the wayuu writer Vicenta Siosi Pino, Estercilia Simancas and José Ángel Guerra. It includes reading of texts in the original language.Patrocinado por Carbones del Cerrejón
Our traditional Poetry Gala is back with the best national and international authors: Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Luis García Montero (Spain), Zoé Valdés (Cuba/France/Spain), Ramon Cote (Colombia), Hugo Chaparro Valderrama (Colombia), William Ospina (Colombia), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia) and Ibrahim Nasrallah (Palestine). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.
The young novelist has impressed critics and readers with The Solitude of Prime Numbers. He will talk to Héctor Abad Faciolince about this novel, his coming projects and about how to combine a PhD in particle physics with writing fiction.This event is in Italian. Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available.Con el apoyo del Istituto di Cultura Italiano
Arab Booker Prize of Fiction: The FinalistsTwo of the shortlisted authors for the Arab Booker Prize in conversation with the journalist and poet Joumana Haddad, administrator of the prize.This event is in English and French. Simultaneous translation from English and French to Spanish available.Con el apoyo del IPAF
Winner of the Príncipe de Asturias Arts Prize, novelist, essayist and journalist, and one of the most internationally-acclaimed Peruvian writers; the author of The City and the Dogs needs no introduction. He talks to Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Food and Climate ChangeRosie Boycott, journalist, advisor of the Major of London on food matters and their links to climate change, and editor of the Global Observatory for the Conference of Copenhagen, reveals the connections between food production, environmental degradation and poverty. In conversation with The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.Patrocinado por Reficar
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