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Gonzalo Eltesch, Carlos Fonseca, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón and Samanta Schweblin in conversation with José Hamad

Bogotá39-2017. Displaced writing

Cartagena 2018, 

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).

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Juan Cárdenas, María José Caro, Carlos Fonseca, Pilar Quintana and Felipe Restrepo Pombo in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

The art of telling stories

Cartagena 2018, 

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).

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Sergio del Molino and Sara Mesa in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Cartagena 2018, 

The novelist and essayist Sergio del Molino has recently published the work of literary non-fiction La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Sara Mesa is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. Her work Cuatro por cuatro was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize and Cicatriz was chosen as one of El País’s books of the year. These two Spanish writers, much acclaimed for their unique viewpoints and styles, will talk to Margarita Valencia about writing.

 

 

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Natalia Borges, Juan Cárdenas, Damián González Bertolino and Brenda Lozano in conversation with José Hamad

Writers we like I

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

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Nando López and Jenny Valentine in conversation with Carlos Sánchez Lozano

Teenagers

Cartagena 2018, 

The British youth fiction writer Jenny Valentine is touring the world to talk to teenagers in various countries to find out what matters most to them. Fernando “Nando” López is a novelist, playwright and author of several works of children’s and young adult fiction, including Los nombres del fuego and La edad de la ira. His play #malditos16 examines suicide, anorexia and self-harm, and is inspired by his work as a volunteer at a hospital, where he runs literary workshops with teenagers who have tried to take their own lives. Both will talk to the publisher and writer Carlos Sánchez Lozano about worrying, the imagination and what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century.

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Pilar Quintana in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Cartagena 2018, 

Friendship threatened by social prejudices, compassion in a world full of avarice, happiness just around the corner from sadness. These are areas dealt with in the truest and most humanly complex stories, and also themes touched on by Pilar Quintana, who recently published her fourth novel, La perra, a raw yet beautiful story about maternity and the jungle of the Colombian Pacific. The writer will talk to the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa.

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Gerardo Bongiovanni and Jorge Quiroga in conversation with Claudia Gurisatti

On populism

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

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Poetry readings by the best international poets

Poetry gala

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

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Fernando Montaño in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2018, 

The Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño, a star of the London Royal Ballet, will talk about his life and about the fascinating word of dance, which has taken him all over the world. 

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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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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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Guillermo Arriaga in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

Film and literature

Cartagena 2018, 

The novelist and screenplay writer, Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed author of the screenplays for Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, presents his latest novel, El salvaje, which tells the parallel stories of Juan Guillermo, a teenaged orphan with a desire for revenge, and Amaruq, a man obsessed with the persecution of a wolf in the frozen lands of the Yukon. He will talk about his film work and his new novel with the publisher Marianne Ponsford.

Cinecolombia event

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Jago Cooper, Deyan Sudjic and Antonio Huitrón Santoyo in conversation with Natalia Majluf

Heritage: three models for working

Arequipa 2017, 

The cataloguing, study, conservation and exhibition of a country’s artistic and archaeological heritage is a matter of great importance, given that what is at stake is the management of that country’s cultural history. Three experts with different approaches to their work will talk to Natalia Majluf about their experiences. With Jago Cooper, Curator of the Americas at the British Museum (United Kingdom), Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum (United Kingdom), and Antonio Huitrón Santoyo, expert in public archaeology at Mexico’s National Institute of Archaeology and History.

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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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Carmen Pardo and Valter Hugo Mãe in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Music as a political expression

Cartagena 2018, 

Music can be understood as an ephemeral art and politics as a transitory mood. If this is so, what is the relationship between the two? Carmen Pardo lectures on Barcelona University’s Master’s in Sound Art. She has extensively researched the soundscape of contemporary music and has published some of her findings in two important works: En el silencio de la cultura and La escucha oblicua: una invitación a John Cage. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. They will talk to the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos about music as a political expression.

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Sebastián Alanya and Yi Li in conversation with Iván Thays

Booktubers

Arequipa 2017, 

Reading and literature are gaining ground in the social media. There are now literary critics on the Internet, and they work very differently from those who work in more traditional formats, using a fresher and less specialised language. They have their detractors and supporters. Two of Peru’s most followed booktubers will talk to the writer Iván Thays about this fascinating phenomenon.

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Sheila Alvarado, Verónica Ferrari and Teresina Muñoz-Nájar in conversation with Francesca Denegri

Violence

Arequipa 2017, 

The implications of violence in a country’s social context are complex, even affecting those who are far from it. Cases such as gender violence in Peru, which was the trigger for the #NiUnaMenos movement, which organized the largest march for women’s rights in Peru’s history, in August 2016, are exemplary when it comes to understanding the awareness of a society beset by violence. Talking to Francesca Denegri about violence and different kinds of violence, are the Peruvian guests Sheila Alvarado, Verónica Ferrari and Teresina Muñoz-Nájar.

Sheila Alvarado, Verónica Ferrari and Teresina Muñoz-Nájar in conversation with Francesca Denegri

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Rutger Bregman and Marina Garcés in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2018, 

Two thinkers who are off the beaten track when it comes to proposing solutions to the problems that face societies will talk to the writer Juan David Correa.  Rutger Bregman is the author of Utopia for Realists and journalist with the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent. The Spanish philosopher Marina Garcés is the author of the books En las prisiones de lo posible (Bellaterra, 2002), Un mundo común (Bellaterra, 2012) and Fuera de clase (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016). Thinking radically makes us relate to what we are and do by means of unexpected questions with unforeseen consequences. In this way, philosophy creates its own battlefield. This event is for those who think it is not possible to change the world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Juan Manuel Robles, Giuseppe Caputo, Cristian Romero and Felipe Restrepo Pombo in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Bogotá39-2017. Writing and other matters

Cartagena 2018, 

When taking the decision to write full time, particularly for young writers, the matter of earning a living must first be resolved. Juan Manuel Robles (Peru) and the Colombians Giuseppe Caputo, Christian Romero and Felipe Restrepo Pombo will talk about their respective careers as bloggers, translators and secondary school teachers, and what this work has contributed to their literature, or vice versa.

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Marc Levy in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

 

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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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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Cartagena 2018, 

The author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations will talk to the Spanish writer Sergio del Molino, whose recent works include the historical essay and travel book La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Both writers, born within six years of each other, often combine grand national subjects with the private lives of their characters, to the point at which public affairs merge with the innermost regions of the soul. Even so, or perhaps for this reason, their stories are some of the most revealing offered by contemporary literature.

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Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Rosie Boycott

SURA talk: Climate Change

Cartagena 2018, 

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert on sustainability, clean energies and climate change and has written extensively for The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, offering different perspectives on the climate issue will talk about climate change with Rosie Boycott who, as well as having a distinguished career as a journalist, editor, author and consultant to the Mayor of London on sustainable food matters, often writes about the role of food in health and the fight against climate change.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Gilmer Mesa in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Telling the story of those awful 1980s

Cartagena 2018, 

The events of the first novel by Gilmer Mesa, La Cuadra, is settled on the most intense period of Pablo Escobar. 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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Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren in conversation with Azriel Bibliowicz

Cartagena 2018, 

The journalists and co-authors of the history Giants: the Dwarfs of Auschwitz, about the Ovitz family’s struggle to survive the terrors of Auschwitz, will talk to the sociologist and writer Azriel Bibliowicz. Any story set in the concentration camps is disturbing, but that about the Ovitz family is all the more surprising because seven of them were dwarves, studied by the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr Josef Mengele. At this event, they will talk about how history can help to cure the wounds of the past.