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Rabih Alameddine en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Xalapa 2013, 
El escritor libanés, autor de la celebrada El contador de historias, conversa con Jonathan Levi sobre su último libro, La mujer de papel, una historia sobre los recuerdos de una mujer mayor, Aaliya, traductora, librera y apartada de las convenciones sociales.

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Misha Glenny, Bronwen Maddox

The Balkans

Hay Festival 2000, 
Glenny introduces a survey of Balkan history since 1804 that provides the context for the events of the 1990s explored in his earlier book The Fall of Yugoslavia. Chaired by the foreign editor of The Times.

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Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Hay Festival 2018, 

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.

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General Sir Michael Rose

Fighting For Peace

Hay Festival 1999, 
The former Commander of the UN protection force in Bosnia talks to the BBC World Anchor Nik Gowing about peacekeeping in the Balkans.

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Jonathan Shaw en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2016, 

Jonathan Shaw (Estados Unidos) nació fruto de la relación entre la leyenda del jazz Artie Shaw y la estrella de Hollywood Doris Dowling. Durante su adolescencia frecuentó a Charles Bukowski y entró en una espiral de delincuencia juvenil. A los 19 años viajó por Centroamérica y Sudamérica, donde vivió durante años. En 2008 publicó su primera novela, Narcisa, que pronto se convirtió en un libro de culto con una legión de fans entre los que se encuentran Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop y Jim Jarmusch. Recientemente publicada en México, la novela narra la pasional historia de amor entre Cigano, un ex-toxicómano, y Narcisa, una prostituta adicta a las drogas. Jonathan conversará con el editor y escritor Diego Rabasa.

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Michael Leapman

The Ingenious Mr Fairchild

Hay Festival 2000, 
Thomas Fairchild shook the horticultural world by revaling sexual reproduction in plants. Leapman has written a biography dedicated to the life and work of a man who could not help interfering with natural design, and as a result has given us the huge variety of flowers in our parks and gardens today.

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Edzard Ernst talks to Rosie Boycott

SCAM

Hay Festival 2018, 

So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) is popular and therefore important, whether we love or loathe it. Consequently, an impressive number of books about SCAM are already available. Most of them, however, are woefully uncritical, overtly promotional and dangerously misleading. Not so this one. Edzard’s book was written by someone who received SCAM as a patient, practised SCAM as a doctor, and researched SCAM as a scientist. It provides an insider’s perspective by covering aspects of SCAM that most books avoid, and by questioning the many tacitly accepted assumptions and wild extrapolations that underpin SCAM. The text is factual, occasionally dosed with a touch of humour or satire. The aim is not only to inform but also to entertain – as he does in his other books Trick or Treatment, More Harm Than Good and A Scientist in Wonderland.

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Gina Miller

Rise!

Winter Weekend 2018, 

Miller came to prominence when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50, the formal notification to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Guyana-born Miller became the target of racist and sexist abuse, and physical threats. Rise is an unflinching account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter what the cost. She discusses her book and why she felt compelled to write it. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Gina Miller

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Daniel Mitchard

Me and My Lightning Machine

Hay Festival 2018, 

A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.

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Terry Jones

Who Murdered Chaucer?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The reactionary, oppressive regime of Henry IV overthrows liberal, cultured Richard II. In 1400 the superstar poet and pre-eminent intellectual of his time simply vanishes. The former Python and medieval scholar examines the political intrigues and literary evidence.

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Martín Kohan y Álvaro Enrigue en conversación con Ricardo García Mainou

Querétaro 2016, 

El escritor argentino Martín Kohan es autor de obras como Bahía BlancaEl país de la guerra y la reciente Fuera de lugar. Por su parte, el mexicano Álvaro Enrigue es autor de dos libros de cuentos y varias notables novelas, entre ellas, la ganadora del Premio Herralde 2013: Muerte súbita, permio que también recibió en el año 2007 Kohan con Ciencias morales. Ambos escritores conversan con Ricardo García Mainou, columnista y crítico cultural mexicano del periódico El Economista.

Martín Kohan y Álvaro Enrigue en conversación con Ricardo García Mainou

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Alex T Smith

Claude and Mr Penguin

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author and illustrator introduces the much-loved character of Claude and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the new TV series about him. Come and learn how to draw him and meet the new detective, the star of Mr Penguin.

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Thea Wolff, Stephanie Theobald and John Williams

Black Comedy

Hay Festival 2004, 
Williams' The Prince of Wales continues his black-comedy trawl through Cardiff's underworld. Wollf's agent provocateur works at The Honey Trap, an agency testing fidelity. Theobald's Trix pairs a Scarborough waitress and a charismatic hustler on a road trip across America.

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Monty and Sarah Don

The Jewel Garden

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Gardener's World presenter and Observer columnist and his wife, the architect and designer, tell the magical story of the Herefordshire garden they have built over the last decade from the ashes of a catastrophic failure. Illustrated.

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De Palenque hacia Cartagena y de Cartagena para el mundo

Cartagena 2015, 
Mucho más que un género musical, la champeta es un fenómeno cultural, un estilo de vida para miles de cartageneros. Se ha tomado las calles de la ciudad y, hoy, forma parte esencial de la música colombiana. Sus creadores nos cuentan un pedazo de la historia: los músicos Charles King “El Palenquero Fino”, Louis Towers “El Razta”, Viviano Torres y el productor Juan Daniel Correa Salazar, en una conversación moderada por el periodista y escritor Mauricio Silva Guzmán. A continuación tendrá lugar el concierto de Charles King y Los Inteligentes.

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Fernando Aramburu en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2017, 
El escritor español Fernando Aramburu es además docente universitario y reside en Alemania desde hace más de veinte años. Autor de tres libros de relatos y de varias novelas (entre ellas Años lentos, Premio Tusquets de Novela 2011), su último trabajo es Patria, una novela que habla del conflicto terrorista vasco y la posibilidad (o no) del olvido y el perdón. Una historia bellamente compleja y llena de preguntas sobre las relaciones humanas sobre la que conversará con Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Fernando Aramburu en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

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John Sutherland talks to Jenny Valentine

The War on the Young

Hay Festival 2018, 

For the first time since the Second World War, younger generations can expect less fulfilled lives than their elders. They may not be their betters, but in the second decade of the 21st century they surely are better heeled. Traditionally, society’s way of controlling the young has been to send them off to war. They would either die or learn ‘duty’. Now we send as many as 50% to university, from which they emerge encumbered with debt. Sutherland and Valentine attempt to defuse a ticking generational time-bomb.

John Sutherland talks to Jenny Valentine

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Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

The Story of Looking

Hay Festival 2018, 
Looking can be an act of empathy or aggression. It can provoke desire or express it. And from the blurry, edgeless world we inhabit as infants to the landscape of screens we grow into, looking can define us. In The Story of Looking, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that looking has changed through the centuries. From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, the false mirrors and great visionaries of looking, this book illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.
Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

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Ed Vere

Banana! and Bedtime for Monsters

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Ed Vere is an award-winning, best-selling writer and illustrator of picture books.  He will be reading from Banana! , where you will discover that getting what you want can be tricky if you don’t ask in the right way, and also from Bedtime for Monsters, a very funny tale with a big twist.

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David Rieff in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Querétaro 2017, 

The renowned US writer and journalist David Rieff, author of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (2003), Against Remembrance (2012) and Swimming in a Sea of Death, in which he deals with the loss of his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, presents his new book, In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. In this work he reflects on historical memory and the voluntary option of forgetting with regard to traumatic historical events, questioning the ethical obligation to remember as the individual’s responsibility. In conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi.

David Rieff in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

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Johann Hari en conversación con Mauricio Rodríguez

Cartagena 2016, 
El periodista británico Johann Hari ha escrito para un gran número de medios internacionales como The Independent, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times o Le Monde, y sido nombrado en dos ocasiones Periodista del año por Amnistía Internacional del Reino Unido entre otros reconocimientos. En su último libro, Tras el grito (Paidós, 2015), Johann Hari se embarca en un viaje épico de tres años de duración y cerca de 50.000 kilómetros con el fin de desvelar los secretos de la guerra contra las drogas; de esa manera pudo constatar que existe una disparidad asombrosa entre lo que nos han transmitido y lo que en realidad sucede. Lo entrevista el director y conductor del programa radial Líderes de RCN Mauricio Rodríguez

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Periodismo en la era de la posverdad. Alejandro Santos Rubino, Juanita León y Ramón Pérez-Maura en conversación con Hernando Álvarez

Cartagena 2017, 
El año 2016 ha sido extraordinario por la sucesión de acontecimientos políticos y sociales, en los que han tenido mucha importancia las campañas en prensa y el manejo extremadamente subjetivo de la información dada por los medios. Se habla del concepto de la posverdad, en la cual la veracidad de la información no importa, importa más cómo y por quién es presentada. Dos periodistas, Alejandro Santos (Semana) Ramón Pérez-Maura (ABC) Juanita León (La Silla vacia) conversa con Hernando Álvarez, director de BBC mundo sobre las implicaciones éticas y profesionales de este periodismo que se aleja de informar con los hechos.

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Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Bernstein 100

Hay Festival 2018, 

The biographer celebrates the centenary of the birth of the versatile musical genius, America’s greatest conductor and the composer of West Side Story. Burton was given exclusive access to Bernstein’s rich legacy of letters and papers, and the book draws on hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues to reveal his fascinating and complex personality. The event is chaired by Humphrey Burton’s daughter, the broadcaster and author of Year of Wonder.

Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Amanda Levete

Two Museums

Hay Festival 2018, 

Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.

Chaired by Amol Rajan.

Amanda Levete

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Orly Castel-Bloom and Jonathan Coe talk to Linda Grant

Hay Festival 2004, 
The leading Israeli satirist, author of Human Parts and the Wodehouse Prize-winning author of What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club in conversation with the Orange Prize-winning novelist about the strategic deployment of heavy ridicule.