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Gabriel Rolón and Boris Izaguirre with Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2012, 
Gabriel Rolón, writer of the successful Historias de diván, is also author of Los padecientes, the bestselling fiction book by an Argentinean author in 2010-2011. Boris Izaguirre was shortlisted for the Planeta Prize in 2007 for his novel Villa Diamante. His latest published work is entitled Dos monstruos juntos. The two writers have worked for radio and participated in the making of major television programmes, Gabriel Rolón in Argentina and Boris Izaguirre in Spain. They will discuss frivolity and humour, important elements in the media, with Sergio Vilela.

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Daniel Samper Ospina and Dylan Jones with Rosie Boycott

Magazines, men and rock & roll

Cartagena 2012, 
Daniel Samper Ospina is a journalist and editor with the Colombian magazine Soho. Dylan Jones has edited i-D and The Face and now edits GQ in the United Kingdom. These two journalists, who seek to identify trends and have a great understanding of the male world, will talk to Rosie Boycott, a British journalist who has worked for publications like Esquire, Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Evelio Rosero in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2012, 
Evelio Rosero has won the Tusquets Novel Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Armies, a story that deals with the conflicts in Colombia without ever becoming political activism or ethical rhetoric. He was awarded the 2006 National Literature Prize and has just published La carroza de Bolívar, a novel that, with its ironic tone and plot complications, is his most ambitious project, a startling demonstration of his talent as a storyteller. He will talk to the journalist Gustavo Tatis.

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Diana Uribe in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2012, 
The historian and philosopher Diana Uribe, known for her radio programme La Historia del Mundo and the audiobooks Historia de las civilizaciones and Historia de las Independencias, has been named as the Best Latin American Historian by the European Union. She will talk about the variety of cultures in Colombia with the writer and journalist Juan Gossaín. 

With the support of Cerrejón

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Óscar Guardiola-Rivera

What if Latin America ruled the world?

Cartagena 2012, 
Philosopher and Law Lecturer at Birkbeck University in London, Óscar Guardiola-Rivera received the 2000 National Essay Prize at the Bogota International Book Fair for La otra guerra: el derecho como continuación del conflicto y lenguaje de la paz. He is also the author of El fin del capitalismo and will now present his latest work, What if Latin America Ruled the World? a work that looks at the history of the region and analyses the ‘latinamericanisation’ of the USA and the growing international influence of Latin America.

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Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2012, 
Winner of the 2001 National Book Award and shortlisted for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen is, according to Granta magazine, one of the best young US novelists. Freedom, his fourth novel, has been received in the USA as the first great American book of the 21st century. Focussing on the private life of a US family over the last four decades, the novel is an incisive X-ray of our times. Only the sixth writer in history to feature on the cover of Time magazine, he will talk to the writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Sergio Pitol, a Mexican writers with a very high international profile, and the 2005 Cervantes Prize winner, will receive a celebration from his writer friends. 

With the support of the University of Veracruz

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Is being of African ancestry an identity? A cultural inheritance? A commitment to the future? How can reflection about the legacy that brings many Latin realities closer to their African origins be useful for accepting interculturality, that essence of our times? Unión Latina, which works hard to promote intercultural dialogue in all its forms, has the pleasure to present this debate. It will be an important moment, allowing intellectuals and experts to bring out the richness of that immaterial heritage that comes with African descent. Susana Baca, ex-minister of Culture of Peru, singer and composer; Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata, ex-minister of Culture and a manager of Manos Visibles, and Gilberto Murillo, Governor of the province of Chocó, will talk to the ex-president of Colombia and writer, Belisario Betancur. 

Co-organised with Unión Latina

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Welcome to the festival’s grand poetry event, where a number of authors who are well known in Colombia and abroad will recite some of their own poems, and their favourite poems by other authors. Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Ben Okri (Nigeria), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), Gustavo Guerrero (Venezuela), Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda (Colombia), presented by the Colombian writer, Guido Tamayo. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Javier Moreno with Juan Carlos Iragorri

Cartagena 2012, 
As the Director of El País since 2006, Javier Moreno has overseen the greatest transformation in the newspaper’s 35 years of existence. He has changed the design, improved the website, increased coverage of Latin America and made a commitment to greater diversity in terms of images; all this is to meet the new motto for El País: “The global newspaper in Spanish.” Regarding these recent changes and the present-day challenges of the exciting activities involved in journalism, Moreno will talk to Juan Carlos Iragorri, Washington correspondent of Semana and NTN24, and director of the Journalism Master’s created jointly by Publicaciones Semana and the University of Rosario. 

With the support of LSE (London School of Economics Enterprise)

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Juan Gossaín with Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda

El Tuerto López

Cartagena 2012, 
The complete works of Luis Carlos López, the great Cartagena poet, have just been published. “El Tuerto (‘One-eyed’) López had the supernatural gift of contrast, of bringing together the sublime and the ordinary, without the result being discordant or any verses being degraded,” says the writer Juan Gossaín in his masterly essay. Juan Gossaín will talk about him to the poet and writer Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda.

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Two interesting Welsh writers will talk to the Festival Director about their work. Jon Gower studied English Studies at Cambridge University and is one of Wales’ greatest literary talents. A writer, presenter and radio and television producer, he has worked for media such as the BBC and Boomerang. He has published a range of books in English, including the An Island Called Smith, which won him the John Morgan Travel Award. Tiffany Murray is a Welsh writer and creative writing teacher. Her novels Diamond Star Halo (2010) and Happy Accidents (2005) have been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; she has contributed to The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales

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The second session of “Ideas for the future,” in which major figures from the world of culture and politics, present a proposal for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Marcos Giralt Torrente, Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Joumana Haddad with Guido Tamayo

What we talk about when we talk about love

Cartagena 2012, 
Love is a concept with a thousand and one definitions, and probably the subject most written about in the history of literature. However, we keep asking ourselves, again and again, about its meaning and relevance. Taking as a starting point the famous Raymond Carver story, we ask three writers from three different countries to talk to us about a matter that unites them: Marcos Giralt Torrente, Spanish winner of the 2011 National Narrative Prize for his work Tiempo de vida; Joumana Haddad, Lebanese poet, writer and editor whose latest book is I Killed Scheherazade; and Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the Guatemalan author, translated into English by Paul Bowles and whose latest work is Severina. Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Juan Carlos Botero

The Art of Fernando Botero

Cartagena 2012, 
Juan Carlos Botero, journalist, writer and son of Fernando Botero, will present El arte de Fernando Botero, a book that looks at the artistic career of this great Colombian painter. He will show some examples of his pictorial work using slides, and will inquire into the artist’s work.

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Michael Nyman in conversation with Graham Sheffield

Beyond music: music and other arts

Cartagena 2012, 
Michael Nyman, famous for his career as a pianist and his work as a composer, for example for the film The Piano, is also a photographer and video artist. He has contributed music to a documentary on the Spanish Civil War, La maleta mexicana, composed the opera Facing Goya and he participates in cultural projects that mingle different disciplines. He will talk to Graham Sheffield, the British Council’s Director of Arts. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Mark Lynas

Will the planet survive humans?

Cartagena 2012, 
Mark Lynas won the prestigious Royal Society prize for his science books in 2008 and is anassociate of the Geography and Environment Departments at the University of Oxford. In his latest work, The God Species, he explains that there are planetary “boundaries” that humans must not cross if we want our civilisation to last. He will talk about matters such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, but also nuclear energy and genetic engineering. Mark Lynas is also author of the book High Tide: News from a Warming World.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Favourite book gala

Cartagena 2012, 
The following writers talk about the books they have enjoyed most: Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala), David Safier (Germany), Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), Jordi Puntí (Spain), Evelio Rosero (Colombia), Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain), Juan Carlos Botero (Colombia), Khaled al-Berry (Egypt), Bruno Arpaia (Italy) and Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina, director of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Readers from Riohacha present Sergio Ramírez

Cartagena 2012, 
Four readers from La Guajira will introduce and talk to the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez about his latest book La Fugitiva. Sergio has just been awarded the 2011 José Donoso Ibero-American Letters Prize for his literary career. 

With the support of Cerrejón

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Michael Freeman

Travel photography: the tea route

Cartagena 2012, 
A British photographer who loves travel, he has published more than 100 books and has carried out reports for important magazines. Michael Freeman spent two years exploring and documenting one of the world’s longest and oldest trade routes: the tea route. The result: 300 pages with photos and text on the thrilling story of how tea was transported by horse for more than 3,000 kilometres from southwest China through Tibet. A photographic journey through history, culture, politics and covering a little known part of China. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Carlos Vives and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Juan Vicente Contreras

Lucho Bermúdez: 100 years of musical identity in Colombia

Cartagena 2012, 
Lucho Bermúdez, composer, conductor, arranger and musician, is considered by many to be the main figure in the most important musical phenomenon of the 20th century in Colombia; he made Caribbean rhythms an essential part of this very Andean country’s musical identity. The musician Carlos Vives, writer Daniel Samper Pizano and music researcher Juan Vicente Contreras, will talk, from the point of view of their different disciplines, about the importance of Lucho Bermúdez in the country’s musical memory, about his role in the internationalisation of cumbia and the recognition this genre receives throughout the world as a specifically Colombian style.

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Jung Chang talks to John Kampfner

Budapest 2012, 
The author of and biographer of Mao discusses her work and the changes China has seen in the decades since she wrote the global bestseller Wild Swans.
Introduced by Markos Kounalakis (CEU) In association with Google

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Tibor Fischer talks to Friedrich Judit

Budapest 2012, 
The novelist discusses his work from Under The Frog and The Thought Gang to Good to be God and the two short stories Crushed Mexican Spiders.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Budapest 2012, 
A conversation with the singer and activist about Africa, music and love.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Angeles Caso talks to Ana Gavin

Budapest 2012, 
The Spanish novelist (Contra el Viento), journalist and biographer of Empress Elisabeth talks about art and life, fiction and reality.
 
With the collaboration of Instituto Cervantes and Fundacion Lara Spanish with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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