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.
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).
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.
Two preeminent writers from the Americas, whose works have also been well received in Europe, will talk to the founder of Buensalvaje magazine. They are Guadalupe Nettel and Alejandra Costamagna, in conversation with the publisher and author, Dante Trujillo, who has set himself the goal of helping literature to cross borders.
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.
Javier Gomá is a Spanish writer of both fiction and non-fiction, author of the Tetralogía de la ejemplaridad and Filosofía mundana, in which he explains that in today’s world the mission of philosophy is to make itself ‘worldly’: philosophy about, but also for, the whole world. In his book, La imagen de tu vida, he proposes using existence to build up a lasting example and also invites us to live a dignified and beautiful life, one in which we can feel the sublime nature of existence, as against the nihilism that has been appropriated from culture in today’s mass society. He will talk to the journalist Winston Manrique.
The Ottoman Empire covered an immense territory from Central Europe to the Arabian Peninsula, from the Caucasus to North Africa, for almost seven centuries. We will see how the Ottoman Empire became interested in the Americas just after the arrival of Columbus, and hear about social, economic and official relations between the Empire and Latin America, including the experiences of important Latin American travellers to imperial Turkey. With Necati Kutlu (Turkey), director of the Centre for Latin American Studies at Ankara University.
Valenzuela is one of the best-known and important contemporary Argentinean writers. Because of the military dictatorship, which impeded both her journalistic and literary work, she went into exile in the United States. She stayed there for ten years and was writer-in-residence at the Center for InterAmerican Relations and at New York and Columbia universities, where she also gave writing workshops and seminars. In 1989 she returned for good to Buenos Aires, where she continues to live. Luisa Valenzuela is the author of more than 30 books, including novels, short stories, micro-fiction and essays, with titles such as La travesía, El gato eficaz, Los heréticos and Hay que sonreír, which have been translated and published in many different countries.
Geoff Dyer is one of the most outstanding contemporary British writers. A regular contributor to publications such as Esquire, The Guardian and The New York Times, he is also the author of books such as But Beautiful and Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It. He will talk to Toby Litchtig about his latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, in which he deals with the power of memory, a wonderful homage to art and literature.
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.
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
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.
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.
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.
Three writers who have all recently published an outstanding work will talk to Camilo Hoyos, literary critic and columnist with Arcadia magazine: Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), author of El diablo de las provincias; Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of Dejarás la tierra, a prequel to his celebrated book La distancia que nos separa; and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), author of Distancia de rescate (shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize). Three novels which take their place in Latin American fiction and which are presented here by their authors.
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.
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
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
Deyan Sudjic is a writer, design and architecture critic as well as the current Director of London’s Design Museum, a leading institution in the field of contemporary design. Furthermore, he is the author, among other works, of the influential monograph The Edifice Complex and The Language of Cities. On this occasion he will talk to the architect Álvaro Pastor.
Three of the best Latin American writers aged under 40 will talk about how they found the road to writing.
With the support of Womarts
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).
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.
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.
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.
With the support of Tenaris TuboCaribe