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.
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.
Few family histories have captured the collective imagination as much as the history of the Romanovs. The family that governed Russia with an iron hand for four centuries disappeared abruptly with the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of, among others, Jerusalem and Titans of History, talks about The Romanovs: 1613-1918, which tells the story of this unique dynasty in the Russian Revolution’s centenary year. In conversation with Xavi Ayén.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The Spanish writer Luisgé Martín, the writer Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), and Verónica Ferrari (Peru) will talk with José Luis Ramos Salinas about a matter that divides many Latin American societies. The fiction of Martín, who also writes articles for various newspapers, in part deals with the complexity of sexuality from an intimate viewpoint. Ferrari is considered an important figure in the LGBTQ struggles as in the peruvian feminist movement. In 2016 she actively joined the march Ni una menos in Lima. She is currently in charge of the Itinerant Feminist School, a pedagogical proposal that seeks to spread feminism throughout Peru, especially among young and adolescent girls.
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.
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.
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
The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. So, we have asked a number of thinkers to present new reforms on matters that are relevant today. Gabrielle Walker, a Doctor of Chemistry from Cambridge University and presenter of the BBC programme Planet Earth Under Threat, proposes a change of approach to the “climate war”, considering a positive perspective for tackling the problem.
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
Economic and political protectionism is gaining ground around the world. The changes that have happened in Russia, the United States and Europe have altered the idea of a global citizenship. In their books David Rieff, Sergio del Molino and Carmen Boullosa have explored in detail and in very original ways the consequences of these political transformations for individuals. The three writers will talk to the journalist María Elvira Samper.
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.
The last book by Beatriz Helena Robledo, María Cano: La Virgen Roja, portrays the life of a woman of libertarian spirit and who was ahead of her time –the 1920s, with its climate of revolution and protest– yet who was also a leader. Robledo is a fiction and essay writer, and lectures at the Universidad Javeriana. With this biography, she leaves children’s and young adult literature to show us a woman and a period full of contradictions, where the first signs of progress were accompanied by political sectarianism and violence. Carlos Sánchez is a lecturer, essayist, literary critic and editor.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.