What is the relationship between writers’ relocations and their work? Four of Latin America’s finest writers, residents outside their countries of origin, talk to the publisher José Hamad about how this experience affects their literature. Gonzalo Eltesch (Chile), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico) and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina).
Local and international poets offer readings of their work at the now traditional Hay Festival Querétaro poetry gala. With Hernán Bravo Varela (Mexico), Malika Booker (UK), Rocío Cerón (Mexico), Antonio del Toro (Mexico), Luis Felipe Fabre (Mexico), David Huerta (Mexico), Lee Maracle (Canada), Benjamín Moreno (Mexico), Johnny Payne (UK) and Horacio Warpola (México). Moderado por Fernando del Castillo.
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.
The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In the same spirit, we have asked a number of thinkers to present new reforms on matters that are relevant today. Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific Canadian aboriginal authors and is a recognized authority on indigenous Americans and their literature. An award-winning poet, novelist, storyteller, screenplay writer, actor and preserver of mythology and traditions in Stó:lō, she will talk to Ingrid Bejerman about the place of indigenous knowledge in university education programmes in the Western world.
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.
Mexicans writers Fernanda Melchor and Antonio Ortuño speak with Emiliano Monge about their work. Fernanda Melchor, writer and journalist, has published recently Temporada de huracanes and Antonio Ortuño is the author, between others, of the celebrated El buscador de cabezas, published ten years ago.
César Bona, author of La nueva educación, is one of the fifty best educators in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize, the so-called Nobel for teachers. He will talk about the questions that he has considered in his career as an education reformer: Why are textbooks no longer so important? Why does the importance of homework need to be relativized? Why should education be done with empathy? Why should education be more important than any government?
Chekhov, a doctor by profession, said that medicine was his legal wife, while literature was only his lover. The Russian author took advantage of this double condition: his consultation served him as a privileged laboratory for the miseries of the soul. The precariousness of the literary profession forces most contemporary writers to practice this double life. The fact that very few can survive dedicated exclusively to creation raises reasonable questions: Does literature feed on the professional knowledge of part-time authors, or does it suffer from the lack of a more complete dedication? Isabel P. Fuentes alternates her position as director of the CaixaForum Madrid with the writing of novels. Miquel Molina also leads a double life: he is deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia and novelist. Both will discuss their status as extramarital writers.