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What Is Art For? Lecture by Jeanette Winterson

Querétaro 2018, 

Jeanette Winterson (UK) took the literary scene by storm in 1985 when she published the semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Now, with more than 25 books published over more than 30 years as a writer, reflecting on matters such as religion, the LGTB community and art, Winterson is one of the major figures in contemporary British literature. Talking about art, she wrote in one of her columns for The Guardian: “We censor it, sentimentalise it, treat it as a commodity. But we can’t reduce its power.” So, what is art for? This outstanding English writer reflects on this question to talk about art’s incredible transformational power.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the British Council Mexico and Wom@rts.

What Is Art For? Lecture by Jeanette Winterson

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Biotechnologies in the 21st century. Lecture by Venki Ramakrishnan

Querétaro 2018, 

Recent advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have enormous implications for the future of genetic technologies. The ability to modify or synthesize genes in all kinds of organisms, including in human beings, has tremendous potential benefits for the future of humanity. However, this technology also has a dark side. The rector of Querétaro’s Universidad Autónoma, Margarita Teresa de Jesús García Gasca, presents the Nobel Chemistry Laureate and current President of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, who will talk about how the development of genetics has contributed to combatting diseases, to reproductive health and even to the food chain but, at the same time, he will set out the challenges we face as the result of these advances.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

Event sponsored by SURA.

Biotechnologies in the 21st century. Lecture by Venki Ramakrishnan

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Us too: on the #MeToo campaign. Vivian Gornick, Jeanette Winterson, Rosemary Sullivan and Eliezer Budasoff in conversation with Antía Castedo

Querétaro 2018, 

The US campaign, #MeToo, has shaken the world, helping to build support for gender equality. The writers, journalists and activists Vivian Gornick (USA), Jeanette Winterson (UK), Rosemary Sullivan (Canada) and Eliezer Budasoff (Argentina) have been working for gender equality through fiction and non-fiction, through the written and spoken word, through literature and through images. At this event with the BBC journalist Antía Castedo, they will talk about the #MeToo social media campaign, ways of being heard and promoting the path towards a more equitable world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the Blue Metropolis Festival and Wom@rts.

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Bogotá39. Daniel Saldaña París and Jesús Miguel Soto in conversation with Elianna Kan

Querétaro 2018, 

Bogotá39-2017 is a selection of 39 of the best Latin American writers aged under 40. Two of them will share the stage here to talk about their literary careers. The mysterious narrative of Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico) in his first novel, En medio de extrañas víctimas and the violent and hostile portrait by Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) of his native city in La máscara de cuero, will all be explored in this conversation with the literary agent Elianna Kan. 

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Agustín Fernández Mallo and Pedro Mairal in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean Pedro Mairal, who was chosen for the first Bogotá39 in 2007, has won popularity with readers and critics alike with a novel that has become an international publishing phenomenon: La uruguaya. This short but intense story deals with sex, humour, infidelity, money, meanness, betrayal and even football. Agustín Fernández Mallo won the 2018 Biblioteca Breve Prize for his novel Trilogía de la guerra, a story that links three countries and three different periods, with the common link that they have suffered brutal wars on their territory. Together with the journalist Mariana H, these two writers talk about the many sides of life, from an everyday encounter to the limits of total devastation.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Jorge Volpi and Emmanuelle Steels in conversation with Antón Castro

Querétaro 2018, 

Two writers who have dealt with the Cassez-Vallarta case, which shook Mexico and caused diplomatic tensions between the governments of Felipe Calderón and Nicolás Sarkozy. Jorge Volpi used the story in his fiction Una novela criminal, winner of the 21st Alfaguara Novel Prize. The Belgian journalist Emmanuelle Steels analyses the same event in El teatro del engaño, which reveals the level of corruption and impunity of a case that, 13 years on, is still unresolved. They will talk to the journalist and writer Antón Castro about the two viewpoints taken to cover this incredible story.

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Shirin Ebadi in conversation with Lydia Cacho

Querétaro 2018, 

The winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, the first Muslim woman in history to receive it, is an Iranian lawyer who specializes in human rights. Currently in exile in London, she continues to work for human rights and democracy, despite having received numerous threats and reprisals from the Iranian authorities. Ebadi will talk to Lydia Cacho about her latest work, Until We Are Free. This is a biographical narrative in which Ebadi tells the story of her courage and the difficulties she faces with a government willing to destroy her family and her mission, which is to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.

Simultaneous translation from Persian to Spanish available

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Leo con ONCE. Juan José Millás in conversation with Miguel de la Cruz

Querétaro 2018, 

The book Club Leo con ONCE presents a very special author: Juan José Millas, that will speak with his readers about his most recent book, Que nadie duerma, an exceptional novel which tells the story of the life of Lucía, who, after losing her job, becomes a taxi driver, accompanied by a tune from a Puccini opera, and hopes one day to pick up her former neighbour, a man who has disappeared and who was the love of her life. The real world and the main character’s inner world are separated by a very fine line indeed. Chaired by Miguel de la Cruz.

Free event

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

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Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Querétaro 2018, 

The Italian writer Andrea Marcolongo has managed to entrance thousands of readers around the world, unexpectedly, with Ancient Greek. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco is the bestseller that brings the legendary language of Plato out of the classical world and into the 21st century. She will talk to the Spanish writer and journalist Sergio del Molino.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts and Gobierno de Aragón

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What We Cannot Know. Marcus du Sautoy in conversation with Carlos Arredondo

Querétaro 2018, 

Science has given us unprecedented knowledge about the big questions that have faced humanity. Where do we come from? What is the ultimate end of the universe? What is our physical world made up of? What is consciousness? The mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (UK), Professor of Mathematics and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, deals with the issues that make us human in his book What We Cannot Know. He will talk about his work with the professor Carlos Arredondo.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

What We Cannot Know. Marcus du Sautoy in conversation with Carlos Arredondo

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Lydia Davis in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

Querétaro 2018, 

The US writer Lydia Davis has made a name for herself in the literary world for her very short works, characterised by their brilliant observations about everyday matters and routine occurrences. Her works include Can’t and Won’t and The End of the Story, her only novel - or, as the author would say, “a long story”. Her works have won major prizes including the Man Booker International. At this event she will talk to Elvira Liceaga.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Lydia Davis in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

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Call me by your Name. André Aciman in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2018, 

In Call me by your Name, André Aciman (Egypt/United States) tells the story of a summer romance in 1980s Italy, between an intellectually precocious 17-year-old and a doctorate student aged 24. The author covers the processes of building trust, intimacy and achieving sexual maturity. Ten years after being published, Call me by your Name has become a popular success thanks to a successful film adaptation in 2017. André Aciman will talk to the Colombian writer and journalist Felipe Restrepo Pombo about the novel’s relevance and its movie version, given the present social context.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the US Embassy.

Call me by your Name. André Aciman in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Querétaro 2018, 

Imagination is what makes us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has dedicated a long career to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors: the primates. Agustín Fuentes (USA), a National Geographic Explorer, will talk about his latest work, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, in which he traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to Liliet Heredero.

The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

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Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Querétaro 2018, 

Vivian Gornick is a greatly admired writer and journalist. In her day, she was one of the pioneers in writing about the metaphorical meaning of what it means to be foreign: that which is somewhere between “being a part of something and alienated from it at the same time.” In her memoir Fierce Attachments, recently published in Spanish, Gornick powerfully evokes the Jewish-American generation of her childhood and also reflects on the sexist and anti-Semitic humiliations constant in US society of that time. In conversation with the writer and editor Eduardo Rabasa.

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Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

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Gene Machine. Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Antonio Lazcano

Querétaro 2018, 

Venki Ramakrishnan is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in molecular biology, which includes studies of the advanced compression of the atomic structure of ribosome, which he calls “the mother of all molecules”. In his new book, Gene Machine, he explains how, if DNA is information, the ribosome is a powerful machine that can process information. The book is also a very human history about the race to ascertain the structure of ribosome, an enormous molecule that has more than a million atoms. It is a frank look at how science is done, with all its accidental circumstances, ambitions and rivalries. In conversation with Antonio Lazcano, Doctor of Science of UNAM, a specialist in evolutionary biology. Both scientists will talk about the microscopic force that can tell us much about how to develop better antibiotics in the fight against deadly diseases.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

Querétaro 2018, 

The Mexican journalist and writer Denise Dresser contributes to, among other publications, the magazines Proceso and the newspaper Reforma, where she is also an editor. A Doctor of Politics from the University of Princeton, she is the co-author of México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria. Her book El país de uno: Reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México became a bestseller upon publication in 2012. At this event she will talk to the Spanish journalist Javier Lafuente.

Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

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Gatopardo event. Tenoch Huerta in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2018, 

Featuring in over thirty Mexican and international films, with an Ariel award and an ovation at Cannes for his role in Days of Grace, Tenoch Huerta, currently one of Mexico’s most successful actors, comes to Hay Festival Querétaro to talk about his experience in the film and television industry. He will talk to Felipe Restrepo Pombo, a Colombian journalist based in Mexico.

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Alma Delia Murillo in conversation with Sandra Hernández

Querétaro 2018, 

The writer, journalist and prolific twitter user Alma Delia Murillo (Mexico) talks to Sandra Hernández about her novel El niño que fuimos, recently published. Author of the short story collection Damas de caza, of the novel Damas de caza and included as part of the anthology about the 19th of September 2017 earthquake in Mexico, Murillo is also a regular contributor to the online newspaper sinembargo.mx.

Free entry

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Barcelona. Sergio Vila-Sanjuán in conversation with Enric Botella

Querétaro 2018, 

This event features a writer who loves Barcelona, talking to Enric Botella. Sergio Vila-Sanjuán is a high profile Spanish cultural journalist and editor of the Cultura|s literary supplement of La Vanguardia. As well as his fictional work, he has written non-fiction and two plays. At this event, he will talk about his trilogy set in Barcelona: A Barcelona Heiress, Estaba en el aire and El informe Casabona.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Emiliano Monge and Rafael Gumucio in conversation with Eduardo de la Garma

Querétaro 2018, 

Two writers with much in common, two countries (Mexico and Chile) and a conversation. The novelists Emiliano Monge (Mexico), author of Las tierras arrasadas and the short story collection La superficie más honda; and Rafael Gumucio (Chile), author of Mi abuela, Marta Rivas González, Milagro en Haití and El galán imperfecto, speak about their work with Eduardo de la Garma.

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Viviana Rivero and Jorge Zepeda Patterson in conversation with Laura García

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean writer Viviana Rivero is the author of novels such as Secreto bien guardado and Mujer y maestra en un mundo de hombres. Her latest work, La música del destino, is a romantic novel that takes place against the engaging backdrop of Paris in the 1920s. The Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda Patterson also offers a French setting in Muerte contrarreloj, a thriller about the ambitions, intrigues and conspiracies of Tour de France competitors. In conversation with Laura García.

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Javier Moreno

Querétaro 2018, 

The struggle for gender equality is one of the most important of our times. The journalist, social activist and writer Lydia Cacho has dedicated her career to researching gender violence, health, children’s rights and organized crime. This year sees the publication of the life stories of men who have suffered from sexism and violence in her book #EllosHablan. Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. She will talk to Javier Moreno, director El País América

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Memorial Device. David Keenan in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2018, 

This is Memorial Device, the first novel by David Keenan, the British writer and musician, tells the story of a band from Airdrie, Scotland, through a series of interviews. This work of fictitious journalism is a homage to the recent musical history of the UK and a look at the everyday lives of people from this period. Keenan will talk to the journalist Mariana H about the novel, chosen by the Telegraph newspaper and the Rough Trade record label as one of the best books of 2017.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

With the support of the British Council.

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Que nadie duerma. Juan José Millás in conversation with Mónica Maristain

Querétaro 2018, 

With its quirky, personal tone, the Spanish writer Juan José Millás adds a touch of humour to an original narrative thread. His novel, Que nadie duerma, tells the story of the life that Lucía makes for herself after losing her job. She becomes a taxi driver, accompanied by a tune from a Puccini opera, with which she strongly identifies. She hopes one day to pick up her former neighbour, a man who has disappeared and who was the love of her life. The real world and the main character’s inner world are separated by a very fine line indeed. Millás will talk about the creative process involved in inventing Lucía’s world. In conversation with the Argentinean journalist Mónica Maristain.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Sergio del Molino and Vicente Molina Foix in conversation with Eliezer Budasoff

Querétaro 2018, 

In his novel El joven sin alma, Vicente Molina Foix evokes Spain in the mid-20th century and makes his protagonist -and his readers- find new life through a passion for film, poetry and life itself. The novel is enriched by the writer’s own experiences being brought up in a country where echoes of the Spanish Civil War could still be heard. Sergio del Molino covers this same Spain through the gaze of his teacher Antonio Aramayona, whose experiences form the basis of his book La mirada de los peces. These writers will talk to the Mexican journalist Eliezer Budasoff so that, by reviewing a Spain of the past, we may have a clearer view of the Spain of the present.

With the support of AECID and the Government of Aragón.