Four of Latin America’s best writers aged under 40 choose one or two female writers from any Latin American country, plus an international author, whose work they admire. At this event Natalia Borges (Brazil), Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Damián González Bertolino (Uruguay) and Brenda Lozano (Mexico) will tell the publisher José Hamad and the audience why they recommend these writers.
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
This discussion with two directors of major publishing groups will cover topics such as new trends in the market, and the goals of these publishing houses. Jonathan Burnham is Senior Vice President and Publisher at the HarperCollins group, which has 65 imprints. Claudio López Lamadrid is Publishing Director of Literature at Random House, where he implements global content strategies, standardizes editorial criteria and coordinates publishing plans for Spain and Latin America. Caroline Michel is the CEO of the British literary agency Peters Fraser and Dunlop and has more than 25 years of experience in the publishing industry.
La segunda amante del rey, the latest novel by Herralde Novel prizewinner, Alonso Cueto, is both a love story and a detective novel that takes the reader into the depths of the genre. After the enormous success of her first novels (1997 Lumen Prize for best Spanish woman writer), Alicia Giménez began writing full time. In 2015 she published, with success, the novel Crímenes que no olvidaré, which consolidated her position as one of the most popular voices in detective writing. Carlos Zanón, author of No llames a casa (2012 Valencia Negra Prize for the Best Detective Novel of the Year) and Yo fui Johnny Thunders (2014 Salamanca Negra, 2015 Novelpol and 2015 Dashiell Hammett prizes), has just published Taxi, a moving novel set in Barcelona. The three writers will talk about their novels and the beauty of the genre with the publisher Ana Gavín.
Renato Cisneros is a journalist, poet and fiction writer. La distancia que nos separa, a book that also gave rise to his latest novel, Dejarás la tierra, is based on the search for the man who was Cisneros’ own father before he was born. As the author says, “it is the story of a son who is searching for his place in the world by remembering his father”, General “Gaucho” Cisneros. The philosopher Javier Gomá is the author of the Tetralogía de la ejemplaridad and the monologue Inconsolable, about the unexpected desolation he suffered after the death of his father. The text, which has also been adapted into a play, is the interpretation of a number of situations in which the author experienced mortality and death. The two will talk to the writer Margarita Valencia.
Illustrators have the difficult task of creating an imaginary world based on a text, without limiting its meaning. The ingenious illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared in the most important US magazines and newspapers since 1992, as well as in European publications. He has also worked for children’s books, digital applications, advertising campaigns and television programmes. Ana Penyas, who studied Industrial Design and Fine Art, received the 2017 Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize.
Five fiction writers, judges of the 11th RCN – National Ministry of Education National Short Story Competition, will talk to Nicolás Samper about the complex and subjective universe of the writer. How should a story be told? Where does its inspiration come from? With Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), María José Caro (Peru), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Pilar Quintana (Colombia) and Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia).
Geoff Dyer is one of the most outstanding contemporary English writers. A regular contributor to publications such as Esquire, The Guardian and The New York Times, he is also the author of titles such as But Beautiful and Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It. He will talk to the writer and publisher Jerónimo Pimentel about his latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, a work about the power of memory, a beautiful homage to art and literature.
One of the concerns of Alejandro Gaviria as the Minister of Health and Social Protection has been to regulate euthanasia in order to guarantee the right to a dignified death. He tackles this matter, and others, in his book of essays Alguien tiene que llevar la contraria. Gaviria, who has managed to bring new perspectives to some aspects of the health system, including spraying with glyphosate and the price of medicines, will talk to the journalist María Elvira Samper about this thorny question.
Although publishers seem to be convinced that there is not the same demand for short stories as for novels or self-help books, the genre often sparks the beginnings of a passion for books, and also acts as a school for most writers. From the brothers Grimm to Edgar Allan Poe, from Borges, who did not believe in the novel, to Cortázar, who said that the novel won by points but the short story was capable of a knockout, short fiction is full of gems. The Spanish writers Eloy Tizón and Pilar Adón will talk to Guido Tamayo about some of them.
In her book, Gegen den Hass, Carolin Emcke studies the violence of the contemporary world. Aggressions by Europeans against asylum seekers in Germany, police violence against black people in the United States and the destructiveness of Islamic State and its forms of negating the other, and the aggressiveness of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia present in every society in the world. These subjects are essential for understanding the liberal struggles of our times. The author will talk to the journalist Rodrigo Pardo.
Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish available
With the support of the Goethe-Institut
Traffic noise, mobile phone alerts and even the hum of our own thoughts... silence seems unachievable. Yet what is it really? Where can it be found? Why is it more important now than ever before? In his book Silence: In the Age of Noise, the Norwegian adventurer and publisher Erling Kagge explores the importance of isolating oneself from the world based on his personal experience and the ideas of classical and modern philosophers, writers and artists. Because silence does not necessarily mean “absence of noise”. It is within reach of everyone, anywhere: we can experience perfect calm in the middle of a desert, but also in the shower or on the dancefloor.
Illustrators have the difficult task of creating an imaginary world based on a text, without limiting its meaning. The ingenious illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared in the most important US magazines and newspapers since 1992, as well as in European publications. He has also worked for children’s books, digital applications, advertising campaigns and television programmes. Ana Penyas, who studied Industrial Design and Fine Art, received the 2017 Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize. They will talk about the work of the illustrator with Juan Merino.
Unlike prose, where there is more anecdotal development, in poetry, ideas enter the reader’s consciousness, verse after verse, disguised as images. A poem has emotion, feeling and thought, and is also a way of understanding the world. Darío Jaramillo, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Prize with El cuerpo y otra cosa, will talk about poetry with the writer Gloria Esquivel, author of the poetry book El lado salvaje and the novel Animales del fin del mundo.
For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain.
Fiona Mozley is an Irish author finalist for the ManBooker Prize with her debut novel Elmet. Lisa McInerney is an Irish writer, author of Glorious Heresies and The Blood Miracles, and winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. They will talk about their work with Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festival.
Four authors who combine writing with other occupations, in this case publishing, journalism and academia, talk about what it means to move between the different worlds in which they live and work. They will also talk about their latest books with the publisher José Hamad. Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia), Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico), Mariana Torres (Brazil) and Diego Zúñiga (Chile).
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
With the support of Womarts
Our imaginations make us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has been exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, primates, for decades. Fuentes, a National Geographic explorer, will talk about his latest book, The Creative Spark, which traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to the journalist Hassan Nassar.
It is common to see the viewpoint defended that the past should not be forgotten. However, what if it is painful and counterproductive? David Rieff is a journalist and writer of books on immigration, international conflicts and humanitarianism. His articles regularly appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El País and other publications. In his latest book, he questions the way in which peoples tend to relate to the past.
With more than thirty million books sold and translations into over forty languages, Marc Levy is the most read French author. Many of his titles have been translated into English, including P.S. from Paris, All Those Things We Never Read and If Only It Were True. This last novel has been made into a film entitled Just Like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. Levy, who decided to write novels after time in the French Red Cross and running an architecture firm, will talk to the writer Felipe Restrepo Pombo about his extensive and exciting bibliography.
Participating at this gala are the following writers: Ana Alonso (España), Frank Báez (Dominican Republic), Valter Hugo Mãe (Portugal), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (United States), Carlos Zanón (Spain), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia), Gloria Esquivel (Colombia), Rosemary Sullivan (Canada), Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico), Lee Maracle (Canadá), Alan Mills (Guatemala), Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador) and Daniel Saldaña (Mexico). Moderated by Juan Merino.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
In the speeches of politicians, in the media, in advertising, in electoral campaigns: populism is everywhere. Gerardo Bongiovanni is chair of the Fundación Libertad in Argentina, which promotes democracy and the rule of law, and has also edited the book El estallido del populismo; Jorge Quiroga is ex-president of Bolivia; and Yoani Sánchez is a Cuban blogger who has become famous for her critical look at life in Cuba under the present government. These three will talk to the journalist Claudia Gurisatti.
Cervantes and Shakespeare are alive and well. In many ways, Cervantes was the creator of the modern novel, while television dramas and film still use dramatic formulas created by Shakespeare. Salman Rushdie is the author of such well-known books as The Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights. Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novels Las paredes hablan, Texas: The Great Theft and La otra mano de Lepanto, among others. They will talk about two of the most important writers of all time, and what they mean to the present.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Saying that the past should not be forgotten has become a mantra, especially in contexts of political transition. However, if it is painful and counterproductive, should we still hold on to the past? In his latest book In Praise of Forgetting, the writer and journalist David Rieff questions the way in which peoples tend to relate to the past. The articles of Rieff, an expert on immigration, international conflicts and humanitarianism, appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El País and other publications. He will talk to the journalist, academic and diplomat Rodrigo Pardo.