When it comes to the art of writing poetry there are as many truths as there are true poets. This event features the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, who says that poetry lies at the centre of all that he does. His body of work, which contains more than fifty books and includes novels and travel writing, has won him several international prizes. He is accompanied by the Peruvian poet Carmen Ollé, who was acclaimed by critics after the publication of her poetry book Noches de adrenalina in 1981. Both writers will talk to Martín Zúñiga (Peru), the author of a number of poetry books and who in 2011 published an anthology of young Arequipa poets entitled Rastros/Rostros.
The Mexican journalist, activist and writer Lydia Cacho published in 2018 the book #EllosHablan: Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. In this work, she interviews a group of men aged between 15 and 70 to find out, first of all, what their childhood was like and how society in a way built their masculinity around violence. In conversation with the journalist Jacobo Garcia, Lydia Cacho opens a new perspective on machismo and gender debates.
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).
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.
Could novels be a source of information for those who write history? Should the novelist who tackles historical themes ensure that the story is in line with the facts of the past? The historian Eduardo Posada-Carbó, lecturer at the University of Oxford, and the writer Juan Esteban Constaín, author of various historical novels, will talk about the work of García Márquez and the way in which historians and literary critics have given his novels an historical interpretation.
With the support of Banco de la República
The journalist Patricia Lara is the author of Adiós a la guerra. Una historia breve de los conflictos en Colombia, a book that transcends the nature of Colombia’s internal conflict in its current state, going back to the wars of the 19th century, contextualizing them from the origin of the transition to be a republic today. The current president of the Truth Commission, Francisco de Roux, is a Jesuit priest who has dedicated his life to the cause of peace in Colombia. In 2018 he published La audacia de la paz imperfecta, in which he talks about his experiences as a mediator in the armed conflict, as a target both for guerillas and paramilitaries, about the year that followed the signature of the agreements, and the visit of Pope Francis to Colombia. They will be in conversation with the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez in a talk which is an invitation to peace.
The author of the acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children, chosen by the public as the best Booker prizewinner in its 40-year history, will talk to the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez. At this event they will talk about Rushdie’s work, particularly about his latest published book, The Golden House, a brilliant and lucid portrait of North American society in the period from Obama’s presidency to Donald Trump’s.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
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.
Teju Cole is an acclaimed Nigerian-American writer, author of novels such as Open City (2011), winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award, and Every Day Is for the Thief, both published by Random House. He is also a photographer and an art historian. He will talk to Rubén Gallo.
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
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.
The Peruvian María José Caro León, author of Perro de ojos negros, and the Chilean Eduardo Plaza, author of Hienas, are among the 39 Latin American writers aged under 40 chosen by the Hay Festival for the Bogotá39-2017 project. These authors will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about their works, their literary process and the implications of being chosen for Bogotá39-2017.
The writer and academic Rubén Gallo (Mexico) has a passion for the work of Marcel Proust, one of the greatest writers in the history of literature. In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927) is Proust’s best known work and in it, through great introspection, the writer offers a reflection on his life. Gallo, Professor of the Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain at Princeton University, is the author of Proust’s Latin Americans. He will talk to Guadalupe Nettel about this renowned author’s relationships with Latin Americans.
The writer and activist Michael Pollan launches his new book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In the last few years perhaps no one has written as much about food as Michael Pollan, who in 2016 launched the series Cooked on Netflix. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world in 2010, he is author of the books Cooked, Food Rules and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He will speak with Rosie Boycott.
Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available
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.
Four of Latin America’s best writers aged under 40 choose one or two writers from any Latin American country, plus an international author, whose work they admire. At this event Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico), Laia Jufresa (Mexico), Alan Mills (Guatemala) and Jesús Miguel Soto (México) talk to the journalist Winston Manrique about their recommendations.
Creation, understood as the ability to innovate and produce something new, is one of the characteristics of advanced societies. Therefore, it is necessary that in the educational community there are channels that allow students to know the creative ecosystem in its different aspects and how to promote their own skills. In this session, organized by CEDRO, the relationship between creation and education in Spain will be analyzed. Moderated by the vice president of CEDRO Pedro de Andrés. Participants: Pilar Lozano, writer. Íñigo Picabea, cultural journalist at RNE. Jorge Corrales, CEO of CEDRO.
The Peruvian writer, Iván Thays, shortlisted for the Herralde Prize for Un lugar llamado Oreja de Perro, is the author of several novels, including Antonio vuelve a casa. Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico) is the author of the novel Después del invierno (2014 Herralde Novel Prize) and of a number of books of short stories. They will talk to Ignasi Duarte.
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.
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.
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
An archaeologist who specializes in South America and the Caribbean, and particularly in the historical effects of climate change on insular communities, Jago Cooper is currently the curator of the Americas Department of the British Museum. As well as his work at the museum, he has written and directed a number of programmes for BBC Four in which he disseminates his fieldwork and reveals some of the ancient mysteries of Latin America. He will talk to Gabrielle Walker, a Doctor of Chemistry from Cambridge University and the author of four books about climate change.
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.
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.
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose work is pivotal to an understanding of contemporary literature. She is the author of novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, as well as one of the most read essays in recent years: We Should All be Feminists. In this lecture, Adichie will reflect on the closeness between journalistic and literary work, using Gabriel García Márquez’s reflections as a starting point. Following the lecture, she will take part in a conversation with journalist and writer Alma Guillermoprieto.
Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available
With the support of SURA