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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Alma Guillermoprieto

Inaugural Gabriel García Marquez talk

Cartagena 2019, 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose work is pivotal to an understanding of contemporary literature. She is the author of novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, as well as one of the most read essays in recent years: We Should All be Feminists. In this lecture, Adichie will reflect on the closeness between journalistic and literary work, using Gabriel García Márquez’s reflections as a starting point. Following the lecture, she will take part in a conversation with journalist and writer Alma Guillermoprieto.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of SURA

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Alma Guillermoprieto

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Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

Let's Talk About Colombia

Cartagena 2019, 

This talk reflects upon contemporary Colombia, contextualized through the gaze of two journalists who have written extensively about the social, political, economic and cultural history of the country. Antonio Caballero, a columnist for the magazine Semana, has worked at the BBC in London, has worked for national and international newspapers and magazines such as The EconomistCambio 16AlternativaEl TiempoEl Espectador and Diario 16, and has published, among other books, Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías (2018). Enrique Santos Calderón was an author for forty years of the column Contraescape, of El Tiempo, a magazine he directed for a decade. A close witness of the political life of the country, in 2018 he published a book that is an account of over seventy years of life in Colombia, El país que me tocó, his autobiography. They will be in conversation with the journalist María Jimena Duzán.

Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Jacobo García

Cartagena 2019, 

The Mexican journalist, activist and writer Lydia Cacho published in 2018 the book #EllosHablan: Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. In this work, she interviews a group of men aged between 15 and 70 to find out, first of all, what their childhood was like and how society in a way built their masculinity around violence. In conversation with the journalist Jacobo Garcia, Lydia Cacho opens a new perspective on machismo and gender debates.

Lydia Cacho in conversation with Jacobo García

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Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

Morten Strøksnes was once in search of a beast that surpasses humans in so many barely imaginable ways: eight meters long, weighing in at a thousand kilos, with four hundred years of life expectancy, it inhabits a hidden marine ecosystem in the artic polar circle. In Shark Drunk, this Norwegian historian, writer and photographer tells the story of how, beside his friend Hugo Aasjord, he undertook his ambitious voyage to capture the boreal shark. He will talk with the Spanish editor, writer and journalist Luna Miguel.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Norla and Wom@rts

Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

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Zadie Smith in conversation with Carolina Sanín

Cartagena 2019, 

The writer Zadie Smith (UK) made her debut in the year 2000 with White Teeth, captivating readers around the world. With another three published novels and two books of essays, her work insistently tackles race, social inequality, and the transcendence of friendship ties. In her recently published book, Feel Free, she combines autobiographical elements with commentary on the culture we are absorbed in. In conversation with the journalist and writer Carolina Sanín, Zadie Smith allows us to see the world through reality and fiction.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council and Arcadia

Zadie Smith in conversation with Carolina Sanín

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Michael Pollan in conversation with Rosie Boycott

How to change your mind

Cartagena 2019, 

The writer and activist Michael Pollan launches his new book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In the last few years perhaps no one has written as much about food as Michael Pollan, who in 2016 launched the series Cooked on Netflix. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world in 2010, he is author of the books Cooked, Food Rules and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He will speak with Rosie Boycott.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Michael Pollan in conversation with Rosie Boycott

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Patricia Lara and Francisco de Roux in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

War and peace, readings of the Colombian conflict

Cartagena 2019, 

The journalist Patricia Lara is the author of Adiós a la guerra. Una historia breve de los conflictos en Colombia, a book that transcends the nature of Colombia’s internal conflict in its current state, going back to the wars of the 19th century, contextualizing them from the origin of the transition to be a republic today. The current president of the Truth Commission, Francisco de Roux, is a Jesuit priest who has dedicated his life to the cause of peace in Colombia. In 2018 he published La audacia de la paz imperfecta, in which he talks about his experiences as a mediator in the armed conflict, as a target both for guerillas and paramilitaries, about the year that followed the signature of the agreements, and the visit of Pope Francis to Colombia. They will be in conversation with the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez in a talk which is an invitation to peace.

Patricia Lara and Francisco de Roux in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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Wilfrido Vargas in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2019, 

In 2018, the king of merengue received a Latin Grammy, celebrated 50 years of his musical career and published his autobiography Me volviste loco, Wilfrido. The beginnings in the Dominican Republic of Wilfrido Vargas, his trajectory on the stage and the impact on a whole generation of lovers of merengue are told in contrast with an inner struggle against apathy and anxiety that he was facing while he sang songs such as Volveré or El hombre divertido. In conversation with Camilo Hoyos.

Wilfrido Vargas in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

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Doris Salcedo in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2019, 

Doris Salcedo studied Fine Art at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogota and, from when she began her career as a visual artist, she has given form to the stories of violence and dispossession that have been left behind by the armed conflict in Colombia. As one of the most prominent artists of the moment, her work has been exhibited in museums of the stature of MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Centro Pompidou (Paris) and Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid). She will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

Doris Salcedo in conversation with Juan David Correa

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Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

Cartagena 2019, 

The prize-winning Cuban author, journalist, screenplay writer and literary critic Leonardo Padura again gives life to the detective Mario Conde in his novel La transparencia del tiempo. The statuette of a virgin stolen in the Catalan Pyrenees, a Spaniard fleeing from the Civil War, foreign gallerists and collectors, and other characters of dubious reputation combine historic and crime fiction, set between contemporary Havana and the Europe of last century. Leonardo Padura will be in conversation with the journalist Javier Moreno.

Co-organised with El País

Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Brian Lara, about Somos valientes

Cartagena 2019, 

Somos valientes is a documentary series which aims to educate for peace through the testimonies of Mexican children. It is a project headed up by the journalist, writer and activist Lydia Cacho, who will talk about it.

Lydia Cacho in conversation with Brian Lara, about Somos valientes

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Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop with Luna Miguel: writer, poet and literary editor of the online magazine PlayGround. Internet is a word that is difficult to rhyme, but that does not mean that literature does not fit in it. On the contrary: through memes, viral articles from PlayGround and verses from the best instapoets, we will see how easy and necessary it is to read and create through social media.

Supported by Wom@rts

Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

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Conference by Shirin Ebadi

Freedom and human rights.

Cartagena 2019, 

The first Muslim woman and first Iranian citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003) is a lawyer who, at age 23, also became one of the first women judges of the country, and at age 30, one of the first magistrates in Teheran. Currently exiled in London (UK), she continues to work for human rights and democracy, carrying the message she expresses in her autobiography, Until We Are Free, to every place she visits. From her own experience, far away from her country, but with Iran always in her words, Shirin Ebadi will speak about the value of freedom and the importance of fighting for rights.

Consecutive Persian to Spanish translation available

Conference by Shirin Ebadi

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Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2019, 

Two writers talk with Giuseppe Caputo about their most recent work. Cristina Morales (Spain), the winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela 2018 with Lectura fácil; and with Carolina Sanín (Colombia), writer and critic that in her latest work, Somos luces abismales, immerses herself on an exploration about life, memories and her surrounding world, with a series of texts that mix poetry, narrative and non fiction. 

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

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Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop for people of all ages which will explain, in a simple and fun way, how to find inner silence every day. Kankyo Tannier is a Buddhist nun in the Zen tradition. She lived for 15 years in a monastery in France. She divides her time between a life with trees and wildlife, and modern social activities: videos, books, blogs, conferences… She is an author of the book The Gift of Silence, which has been translated into 13 languages. Her goal is to promote Zen meditation and show the example of a contemporary spirituality that is accessible to all.

Consecutive French to English translation

With the support of Wom@rts

Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

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Madeleine Thien in conversation with Philippe Sands

Cartagena 2019, 

The Canadian writer Madeleine Thien, of Chinese and Malay descent, captivated readers and international critics with her stunning book Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The story unfolds from Canada in the early 90s, when a 10 year old girl and her mother receive in their home a young Chinese girl who fled her country. With her we traverse the contemporary history of China, from the times of the Maoist revolution in 1949, to the protests of Tiananmén, four decades later. In conversation with Philippe Sands, lawyer, professor and writer of the historical novel East West Street, Madeleine Thien will lead us to within her narrative, which goes beyond cultural and generational barriers.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council

Madeleine Thien in conversation with Philippe Sands

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Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

Western cosmovisions: how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy.

Cartagena 2019, 

Wolfram Eilenberger (Germany) is a philosopher, journalist and writer. His passion is the application philosophical ideas to our life today, whether in politics, culture or sports. He is, in addition, the founding editor of Philosophie Magazin. In March 2018 he published Zeit der Zauberer - Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-1929, the history of how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy and changed our way of understanding the world. The book explores the work of philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. The book become a best seller, and is currently being translated into 20 languages. With a splendid narrative style, Eilenberger draws connections not only between the ways of life and revolutionary thinking of these four philosophers, but also between philosophy and science, art, literature and architecture. In conversation with el editor Ricardo Cayuela.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Goethe Institute

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

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César Pagano in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2019, 

César Pagano is an award-winning writer, journalist, researcher, melomaniac and lover of Cuba, which he has visited 42 times. He has been a founder of the famous bar El Goce Pagano in Bogotá, radio presenter for over a quarter of a century of the radio show Conversación en tiempo de bolero and has written for magazines such as Semana, Cromos and Soho, and the newspapers El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano, El Heraldo, El País y El Universal. In his latest book, El imperio de la salsa. Crónicas Paganas: Historia, entrevistas y semblanzas de salseros famosos,  some of the greatest stars of salsa appear: Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón and the brothers Palmieri, among many others. In conversation with Juan Gossaín, César Pagano delves into the world of music.

César Pagano in conversation with Juan Gossaín

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Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Pilar Reyes

Cartagena 2019, 

Dancer, writer and journalist in Nicaragua when the Sandinists were opposing Somoza, winner of Premio Princesa de Asturias and avid reader, Alma Guillermoprieto publishes two of her most rigorous journalistic texts in her book Desde el país de nunca jamás. The anxiety left behind by the violence in Mexico is spread through the articles Días de muertos, on the impact of drug trafficking, and Un centenar de mujeres, about femicides. Guillermoprieto will speak about this undeniable reality, similar to what is experienced in Colombia. In conversation with the publisher Pilar Reyes.

Conversations between authors and publishers in memory of Claudio López Lamadrid

Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Pilar Reyes

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Yoko Tawada in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

Cartagena 2019, 

Memoirs of a Polar Bear, the most recent work of Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, was one of the literary revelations of 2018. The author, based in Germany and winner of the Akutagawa Award, the maximum prize in Japanese works, pleases us with a modern fable whose protagonists are a mother, a son and a grandmother with one peculiarity: that they are polar bears. This way, Tawada makes a journey through a good part of the 20th century and the historical events that marked it through this curious point of view, of some bears with reason and feelings of humans, who live in circuses or act in zoos, but also write their memoirs. The writer will be talking with Ana Cristina Restrepo about this singular and surprising book.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Yoko Tawada in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

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#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2019, 

The #MeToo campaign resonated in social media to give voice to thousands of stories that give a face and name to the feminist movement. Writers and journalists Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), Diamela Eltit (Chile) and Cristina Morales (Spain) talk with Margarita Valencia about initiatives like this one in favour of gender equality.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Luna Miguel and Kim Thúy in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Cartagena 2019, 

Narrators of imposing stories that explore in their work subjects as complex as death and grief. Luna Miguel (Spain) is an editor, columnist, poet and through her debut published in 2018, El funeral de Lolita, a novelist. Kim Thúy is a Vietnamese-Canadian lawyer, translator and writer who published in 2018 Vi. Una mujer minúscula. The novel narrates the experience of a family who live through the war in Vietnam, spending time in a refugee camp and finally migrating to Canada. They will be in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Blue Metropolis, McGill University and Wom@rts

Luna Miguel and Kim Thúy in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

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Sabrina Duque and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Fellowship.

Cartagena 2019, 

The Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Prize, created in homage to the great writer Michael Jacobs (UK), great connoisseur and lover of Latin America, has been awarded this year to Sabrina Duque. She will be speaking with the travel writer Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), and the writer and journalist Daniel Samper Pizano, jury of the prize. The Michael Jacobs Fellowship is an initiative run jointly by the FNPI- Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Iberoamerican Journalism and Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, with the support of The Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing.

Sabrina Duque and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

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Fernando Ampuero and Tamara Kamenszain in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Intimacy and fantasy

Cartagena 2019, 

Tamara Kamenszain is an award-winning Argentinian poet and essayist who has published some twenty books. In her poetry collection El eco de mi madre, the author writes about the illness of Alzheimer and the death of the woman who gave life to her. In Mientras arden los sueños, by renown Peruvian writer Fernando Ampuero, the author shares twenty six short stories selected from his extensive works, including two unpublished stories, organized in reference to subjects such as intimacy, travel, the noir tradition or fantasy stories.

Fernando Ampuero and Tamara Kamenszain in conversation with Guido Tamayo

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Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Cartagena 2019, 

Considered as the prodigy of Romanian letters of his generation and winner of the Formentor award in 2018, Mircea Cărtărescu develops his work in verse, prose, fiction, memoirs and essay, between the epic, fantastic and lyric narrative. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, novels and essay collections, among them his renowned volume Solenoide, and the trilogy Cegador, a masterpiece that earned him international repute. In 2018 he published a Spanish translation of the first part of the trilogy, which divides into three the body of a huge butterfly. The left wing situates the reader in Bucarest which receives communism at the same time as it hosts gypsies, wandering circuses, sects, dead and even stories of maternal love. In conversation with Xavi Ayén, we will discover the narrative universe of one of the cult authors of contemporary Eastern European literature.

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Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén