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Michael Bhaskar and Peter Florence in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

The future of reading

Cartagena 2018, 

Two views of the world of reading with two interesting thinkers. Michael Bhaskar is a publisher and writer who has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries in his book The Content Machine. Peter Florence is the founder and director of the Hay Festival and has been working over 30 years in the book sector. This promises a fascinating discussion regarding the future of publishing, reading, and the book with Marianne Ponsford, director of CERLALC.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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 Four writers who have been awarded with the prestigious Hispano-American Gabriel García Márquez Short Story Prize will talk about the art of writing tales. Guillermo Martínez (Argentina), Magela Baudoin (Bolivia), Luis Noriega (Colombia) and Alejandro Morellón (Spain) are part of the current Spanish literary scenario. All of them will share their ideas and some tecniques about short stories´production with the audience.

 

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Gloria Susana Esquivel, Sara Mesa and Valter Hugo Mãe in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Surviving childhood

Cartagena 2018, 

Gloria Esquivel’s first novel, Animales del fin del mundo, talks about the discoveries that change our lives in childhood. Hiding the difficult things, says the writer, only makes life more difficult in the long run. For Sara Mesa, an award-winning author of short stories and novels, life is immensely difficult and as soon as we enter the world we carry guilt and blame others. Her works include Cuatro por cuatro (shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize) and Cicatriz. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. His book O paraíso são os outros questions different formulas of love among people. This intriguing group will talk to Guido Tamayo about how to enrich the experience of childhood.

With the support of the Embassy of Portugal

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Christophe Galfard

The universe in your hand, a visual guide to the Big Bang

Cartagena 2018, 

Starting from Earth, you will go through the immensity of the universe and discover its history. You will see how the stars and planets are born, how it is possible to calculate the distance to a far-off galaxy and how the Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago. Christophe Galfard (France) is a Doctor of Physics from Cambridge University, where he studied under Stephen Hawking. With the goal of bringing science to those without specialist knowledge, he has featured on television programmes and offers answers on his website. His book The Universe in Your Hand, named best scientific book of 2015 in France, is a synthesis of his efforts to explain the universe to the general public.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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Azriel Bibliowicz, Alonso Cueto, Geoff Dyer, Yaa Gyasi, Dinaw Mengestu, Edurne Portela, Eloy Tizón and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

In conversation with Carolina Robino. Favourite books: classic and contemporary authors

Cartagena 2018, 

Eight writers from different parts of the world will talk about the books, whether classic or contemporary from female authors, that have most left their mark. This event promises to be a kind of group tour through the best and newest in world literature.

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Gilmer Mesa in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Telling the story of those awful 1980s

Cartagena 2018, 

 

Luis Miguel Rivas says that he had to live through “the most intense period of Pablo Escobar” and saw him give gifts of mobile basketball courts in his neighbourhood. In his latest book, Era más grande el muerto, Rivas, based on his memories, recreates the world and spirit of those who grew up in Medellin in the 1980s and 90s. This is also the setting for the events of the first novels by Gilmer Mesa, La cuadra. In it, a group of friends from a neighbourhood infiltrated by drug trafficking take refuge in love, despite the brutality that mars their relationships. At this event, the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa will ask about forms of narrating those times, including the role of memory and popular music.

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Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

Cartagena 2018, 

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. He will talk about these matters with the intellectual and Minister of Health and Social Protection. He will talk with journalist Hassan Nassar.

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Two masters of creative non-fiction will talk about the attractions of their genre. Héctor Abad has published books such as Oblivion: A Memoir, which tells the story of his father, the doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, and the circumstances of his murder, as well as works of fiction such as The Farm. A regular columnist, Guerriero has also published outstanding works such as Los suicidas del fin del mundo and A Simple Story. In 2013 she received the González-Ruano Journalism Prize, granted by the Mapfre Foundation.

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Ana Belén in conversation with Luis Alegre

On film

Cartagena 2018, 

The singer and actor Ana Belén is one of Spain’s outstanding cultural figures, with an artistic career that includes over forty films, around thirty plays and over thirty-five albums. Winner in 2015 of a Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence, the Spanish Film Academy awarded her the 2017 Honorary Goya for being “a paramount figure for generations, whose face and voice play a central role within our filmography”. She will talk about her acting career with Luis Alegre.

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Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Valeria Luiselli, Eduardo Plaza and Valentín Trujillo in conversation with Max Seitz

Bogotá39-2017. The era of disasters

Cartagena 2018, 

Four authors reflect on writing during this turbulent period, in which the media constantly talk about natural disasters, political changes, polarization and disillusionment. Valeria Luiselli (Mexico), Valentín Trujillo (Uruguay), Eduardo Plaza (Chile) and Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba) will talk about writing fiction in this context.

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Alonso Salazar in conversation with Mario Jursich

There was no party

Cartagena 2018, 

Alonso Salazar, former Mayor of Medellin, has published a number of books on the reality of Colombia, especially in terms of understanding the phenomenon of drug trafficking and its sickly hold on society. No nacimos pa´semilla (1990), La parábola de Pablo (2001) and Profeta en el desierto: Vida y muerte de Luis Carlos Galán (2003) are his most important books. He will talk to the writer Mario Jursich about his most recent book, No hubo fiesta, in which the author draws intimate portraits of the main figures in the war, including Bateman, Pizarro, Marulanda, Iván Ríos and Carlos Castaño.

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Lee Maracle and Miguel Rocha Viva in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Indigenous rights and traditions

Cartagena 2018, 

 

Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō nation whose territory is located in Canada. She is a poet and the author of a number of novels, short stories and non-fiction books in which her culture and traditions are represented. In 2016 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among young aboriginals. In a conversation chaired by the journalist and researcher Ingrid Bejerman, Maracle will talk to Miguel Rocha Vivas about indigenous rights and traditions.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

 

 

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Ignacio Castillo, Miguel Salazar and Clare Weiskopf in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

The challenges of moviemaking in Latin America

Cartagena 2018, 

The directors of El Inca (Venezuela) Ciro y Yo (Colombia) and Amazona (Colombia) share a stage to talk about the difficulties of making films in the region. From funding to distribution, the independent film industry is changing. But, how far is there still to go?

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When taking the decision to write full time, particularly for young writers, the matter of earning a living must first be resolved. Four outstanding Latin American writers aged under 40, Martín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina), Daniel Ferreira (Colombia), Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico) and Claudia Ulloa (Peru) will talk about their respective careers as journalists or publishers, and what this work has contributed to their literature, or vice versa.

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70 años de luz: una mirada a la historia de la Universidad

Xalapa 2014, 
Evento conmemorativo por el 70 aniversario de la Universidad Veracruzana. Entre otros participarán: Dr. Carlos Pallán Figueroa, Dra. Esther Hernández Palacios, Dr. Helio Flores, Mtro. José Luis Rivas Vélez, moderados por la Dra. Sara Ladrón de Guevara, Rectora de la UV.
Co-organizado con la Universidad Veracruzana

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De la Tierra al Cielo. 50 años de Rayuela

Rogelio Cuéllar y María Luisa Passarge sobre el desarrollo de la exposición

Xalapa 2013, 
Se cumplen cincuenta años de la publicación de Rayuela, de Julio Cortázar, una de las novelas en español más innovadoras del siglo. Para celebrar el aniversario, algunos de los principales artistas plásticos que viven y trabajan en la ciudad de México, entre ellos el fotógrafo Rogelio Cuéllar y la editora María Luisa Passarge, han creado la exposición De la Tierra al Cielo. 50 años de Rayuela, que rinde tributo a la importancia de Julio Cortázar y su novela Rayuela. Rogelio y María Luisa hablarán sobre el reto de crear esta exposición con multitud de artistas basándose en este libro extraordinario.

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David Rieff en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Contra la memoria:

Xalapa 2013, 
David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado durante muchos años trabajos destacados en revistas como New Republic y World Policy Journal; es autor de Un mar de muerte: Recuerdos de un hijo, en el que narra la enfermedad y muerte de su madre, Susan Sontag. Es fundador y director del departamento Crímenes de Guerra en la Universidad Americana de Washington DC; Rieff ha conocido de primera mano los efectos de los crímenes de guerra en países como Ruanda, Kosovo, Israel, Palestina, Irak y Bosnia. Su último libro, Contra la Memoria, narra precisamente su experiencia en Bosnia. Estará en conversación con Xavi Ayén. 

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La literatura mexicana hoy.

José de la Colina e Ignacio Díaz de la Serna en conversación con Rodolfo Mendoza

Xalapa 2014, 
El escritor, periodista, ensayista y crítico literario José de la Colina, galardonado en 2014 con el Premio Xavier Villaurrutia por su libro De libertades fantasmas o de la literatura como juego conversará con Ignacio Díaz de la Serna, filósofo, escritor y académico en el Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN-UNAM) sobre la situación de la literatura mexicana en la actualidad y los retos a los que se enfrenta. Moderará la conversación Rodolfo Mendoza.
Con el apoyo del Fondo de Cultura Económica

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Este polifacético músico, compositor, escritor y poeta es autor de canciones emblemáticas que nos han acompañado a lo largo de los años. Luis Eduardo Aute publicó en 2012 un nuevo disco, El niño que miraba el mar, un corto animado dibujado por él mismo y un libro basado en el cortometraje, ambos titulados El niño y el basilisco. Conversará con Sandra Lorenzano sobre su fascinante trayectoria artística.

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Alejandro Páez Varela en conversacion con Sergio Ramírez

Literatura de frontera. Sur y Norte.

Xalapa 2013, 
El escritor y periodista Alejandro Páez Varela divide su tiempo entre su trabajo como editor de la revista Día Siete, su labor como periodista para medios nacionales y extranjeros y su trabajo como escritor. Coautor de los libros "Los Suspirantes" (2005), "Los Amos de México" (2007) y "El reino de las moscas" (2012), presenta su primera novela en solitario, "Música para perros", la segunda novela de la trilogía sobre el norte de México. Conversará sobre la literatura de frontera con el autor Sergio Ramirez.

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Sergio Pitol cumple ochenta años y desde el Hay Festival aprovechamos la ocasión para celebrarlo con escritores amigos del Premio Cervantes. Con Cristhian Frías (Cuba), Andrés Neuman (Argentina/España) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) en conversación con Víctor Hugo Vásquez Rentería.

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Tres expertos cronistas procedentes de distintos países conversan con Diego Rabasa sobre sus trabajos. Con Óscar Martínez (El Salvador), autor de Los migrantes que no importan; Diego Enrique Osorno (México), reportero de Gatopardo; y Gabriela Wiener (Perú), escritora, poeta y autora de Sexografías y Nueve Lunas.

 

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Juan Bonilla en conversación con Yael Weiss

Xalapa 2014, 
Juan Bonilla es autor de novelas, poemas, ensayos y relatos; entre sus obras destacan El Estadio de Mármol, Yo soy, yo eres, yo es, Nadie conoce a nadie, una novela llevada a la gran pantalla por el director Mateo Gil, y Los príncipes nubios (Premio Biblioteca Breve de Seix Barral). Además, es coordinador de la revista Zut. Juan Bonilla presentará Prohibido entrar sin pantalones, novela protagonizada por el poeta revolucionario ruso Vladimir Maiakovski con la que ha ganado la primera edición de la Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa en 2014.
Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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Alonso Cueto (Perú) es autor de numerosos libros de narrativa, entre cuentos y novelas. Ha recibido, entre otros, el Premio Herralde de Novela 2005 por La hora azul. Sergio Ramírez (Nicaragua) es un escritor prolífico y comprometido que ha participado en la vida política de su país y colabora regularmente con organizaciones que apoyan la libertad de expresión. Ha publicado más de treinta libros, entre los que se encuentran Margarita, está linda la mar, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 1998, y la reciente La fugitiva (2011). En conversación con Hugo Vásquez Rentería

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Philipp Blom

La importancia de la Ilustración: Gente peligrosa.

Xalapa 2013, 
Vivimos en una sociedad creada alrededor del pensamiento ilustrado y su apuesta por la razón; en cierta medida, este modelo ha pasado a ser entendido como la “racionalización” de todas las áreas de la vida, en la que los países se confi guran como “economías” y sus ciudadanos como “consumidores”. Este sistema no le sirve a la mayoría de las personas y además ha pasado a ser una especie de religión, que sustituye a los modelos espirituales que antes conformaban la organización de las sociedades, en la que no queda rastro del modelo racional ilustrado. La pregunta es: ¿tenemos alternativas? En su libro Gente peligrosa, Philipp Blom (Alemania) propone rescatar el modelo y enseñanzas de la menos conocida Ilustración radical.
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