Journalism in Mexico is in danger. The constant attacks and violence against professionals who work in the industry has increased consistently since 2006, when the journalist protection protocol was first introduced, following the model used previously in Colombia. Why is the Mexican context one of the most dangerous in the world in which to carry out this profession? Jaime Abello Banfi (FNPI), Ana Cristina Ruedas (Artículo 19) and Adrián López (Noroeste) will talk to Jacobo García.
How can a journalist work when faced with the proliferation of fake news? What is the impact of disinformation? How can it be ensured that the profession is being exercised rigorously, independently and responsibly? Three professionals with international careers, Jon Lee Anderson (United States), Lydia Cacho (Mexico) and Mark Thompson (United States), will talk to Peter Florence.
In recent decades, hundreds of planets have been discovered, although there is no evidence of intelligent life on any of them. What does this mean about our place in the universe? Are we the only beings with the perception needed to understand the stars, see them and feel their beauty? With the scientists Christophe Galfard (France) and María Teresa Ruiz (Chile).
In the convulsive times in which we live, what are the proposals for change that might affect our ways of seeing and interpreting the world? Following the publication of Inventar lo posible. Manifiestos mexicanos contemporanéos,, proposals are presented by three of the participants in this exercise in constructive criticism of the social and cultural context. With Emiliano Monge (writer), Eduardo Rabasa (writer and publisher) and Elena Reygadas (chef), in conversation with Luciano Concheiro.
In Mexico, a person’s gender might expose a person to a series of risks and threats linked to a culture of violence related to a complex context. The journalist and writer Anabel Hernández, he writer Fernanda Melchor and the activist Aleida Quintana will talk to the journalist Guillermo Osorno about the risks of being a woman in Mexico.
La cláusula Balcells, by Pau Subirós, tells of the life and career of the legendary literary agent Carmen Balcells, through the testimonies of the writers Mario Vargas Llosa, Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza, Carme Riera, Javier Cercas, Isabel Allende, Wendy Guerra, Daniel Vázquez (Vázquez Montalbán’s son); the publishers Ricardo Rodrigo (RBA), Malcolm Otero (Carlos Barral’s grandson) and Juan Cruz; the literary agent Antonia Kerrigan; Rodrigo García (Gabriel García Márquez’s son); Carmen Miracle (Álvaro Mutis’ widow); Ángeles González-Sinde (former Minister of Culture); and people who were close to her, such as her brother Joan Balcells, her son Lluís Miquel Palomares, her driver Dionisio Avilés, and the Agencia Literaria Carmen Balcells astrologer, Guiomar Eguillor. Scripted by Xavi Ayén and Pau Subirós and produced by Neus Ballús. Pau Subirós, co-writer, will be present.
Duration: 59 minutes / Language: Spanish
The publisher of one of the world’s most important newspapers, The New York Times, is also the author of Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?, a book that looks at how the political, social, technological and economic changes of recent decades have forever changed the way in which we analyse reality. In conversation with Jon Lee Anderson.
Lydia Cacho is one of the Mexican journalists and activists who is best known internationally. The author of a number of books, founder of the Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres in Cancun, women’s and children’s rights activist and defender of human rights, Cacho has received several international awards for her work. She will talk about her experience with Arturo Wallace.
The contribution of cultural journalism to the critical and intellectual debate of a country can give us many clues to that place’s critical culture. Two cultural journalists from three different countries and with long careers, will talk to the cultural journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo about their particular form of understanding this kind of communication. With Jesús Alejo (Mexico) and Mónica Maristain (Argentina).
The famous Argentinean author is one of the most radically original Spanish-language fiction writers. His novels, non-fiction works and other texts that oscillate between the two genres, make up a body of work that has been published around the Hispanic world and translated into many different languages. He will talk to Claudio López Lamadrid about his most recent works: Sobre el arte contemporáneo seguido de En la Habana (2016) and The Musical Brain (2016). His latest works published in Mexico are Entre los indios and La liebre.
In this fascinating work of non-fiction, the writer José Gordon takes us into an exercise of the imagination, in which science and literature, with their respective instruments, probe into a universe which challenges all our notions. With first-hand information from major scientists like Roger Penrose, Leonard Susskind and the Physics Nobel Laureate, George Smoot, we find the most audacious maps of our time, which aim to open new windows onto nature. These investigations, some of which are controversial, have the mystery and attraction of a good literary story skilfully mixed with the explorations of fiction writers like Isaac Bashevis Singer, Amos Oz and Fernando del Paso, who also follow the dream of a level of existence beyond the borders of space and time: Borges’s Aleph looms into view! The inconceivable universe, marvellously illustrated by Patricio Betteo, invites us to look through the keyhole at a memorable poetic and scientific journey of many strings and dimensions that will resonate in the reader’s imagination. In conversation with Inés Martín Rodrígo.
The novelist and screenwriter, Guillermo Arriaga, renowned for his work on the scripts for Amores perros, 21 Grams and Babel, presents his latest novel, El salvaje, which tells the parallel stories of Juan Guillermo, a teenage orphan with a desire for revenge, and Amaruq, a man obsessed with the persecution of a wolf in the icy lands of the Yukon. In conversation with Laura Revuelta.
Pablo Boullosa, communicator, writer and presenter of the television programme La dichosa palabra, offers a lecture based on his book El corazón es un resorte: Metáforas y otras herramientas para mejorar nuestra educación, reflecting on the elements of daily life (emotions, experiences, imagination) which help to improve our knowledge.
Up to what point do our genes affect our day-to-day decisions? Can genetics determine what is going to happen to us? Miguel Pita, a Doctor in Genetics and Cellular Biology, researcher and lecturer at Madrid’s Autonomous University and a regular visitor to universities in the United States, Chile and Australia, looks at these questions in his latest book: El ADN dictador. He will talk about genetics and its immense importance for us all, with Liliet Heredero.
Maylis de Kerangal (France) has worked in publishing and is the author of novels including Birth of a Bridge, translated into eight languages and winner of the Médicis, Franz Hessel and Gregor von Rezzori prizes, and Mend the Living, winner in 2015 of the Llibreter Prize awarded by Catalan booksellers. Her latest work to be published in Spanish is Lampedusa, a novel built up around the name Lampedusa, which the author hears on the radio, full of literary and geographical associations, but also of tragedy and pain because of its link to the port of Lampedusa and the massive arrival of refugees on Sicily in recent years. She will talk to Alfredo Vanini Benvenuto, cultural manager, journalist and writer.
The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. To celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to present a reform that is relevant today. In the 21st century, most of the planet’s population lives in urban areas and there are ever more megalopolises and cities with millions of inhabitants. In this context, how does living in a city affect humans? If our surroundings determine our quality of life, why not make cities more human? Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum, will propose a new concept of city.
Three writers will talk with Juan Cruz about narrative´s versatility, how it can be presented in different formats and its possibilities. Alberto Barrera Tyska is a Venezuelan writer, poet and screenwriter. Claudia Piñeiro is an Argentinian writer and playwright. Yolanda Reyes is a Colombian writer who is well known for her work surrounding both children´s and “grown-ups” literature, a distinction she tries to avoid. Juan Cruz is a Spanish journalist, author of more than twenty books.
After being a part of a number of well-known groups, including the Ernán López-Nussa Quartet, Milanés started out as a soloist in 2002. Over the years, her voice has been acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and genuine in Cuban popular music. She will talk about la canción cubana and its influences with Walther Salas.
The Peruvian government is carrying out its first self-definition census, the aim of which is that citizens describe their ethnic origin. In a country as multicultural as Peru, this census can be seen as a historical milestone of great importance in terms of raising the profile of native cultures. Lee Maracle, expert in indigenous culture, writer and academic, will talk to Ingrid Bejerman about what it means to be indigenous in the Americas.
The British writer Laline Paull, an English graduate from Oxford University, is the author of the novels The Bees and The Ice, a futuristic story about a planet that suffers the effects of climate change and the tactics of the richest in a bid to live in the areas least affected by this devastating phenomenon. She will talk about both books with the Times Literary Supplement journalist, Toby Lichtig.
The Spanish writer and journalist, Sergio del Molino, author of La España vacía, which won the Madrid Booksellers’ Prize for non-fiction, and the Cálamo Prize for best book of the year, will talk to Xavi Ayén about this book and his new novel, La mirada de los peces. The novel starts with a text about his charismatic mentor, the activist Antonio Aramayona, a defender of public education, the lay society and the right to die a dignified death, and becomes a dialogue with the past and with the author’s own memory.
Luisgé Martín is a Spanish writer and journalist. A member of the founding team of two Spanish cultural magazines (Esperpento and Perchero) and a contributor to several publications, he advised the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, in 2010 and 2011. He currently combines writing with work for Thinking Heads. This author of novels and short stories will talk to Dante Trujillo about his latest work, El amor del revés, an autobiographical work that talks honestly and clearly about how he gradually accepted his feelings and sexual preferences.
Maylis de Kerangal (France) has worked in publishing and is the author of novels including Birth of a Bridge, translated into eight languages and winner of the Médicis, Franz Hessel and Gregor von Rezzori prizes, and Mend the Living, winner in 2015 of the Llibreter Prize awarded by Catalan booksellers. She will speak with Guadalupe Nettel.