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Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Emma Tucker

Cartagena 2018, 

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of 15 books, including five biographies, three poetry books, travel diaries, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Award and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction, and was named Book of the Year by the UK’s Daily Mail. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Emma Tucker.

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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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Lecture by Jordi Montero

Neuroscience

Cartagena 2018, 

For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain.

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Gender equality is men´s business too

Cartagena 2018, 
Boys, teenagers and young men play an important role in overcoming gender violence and discrimination. Men still have power at many levels and so have the opportunity to promote changes in places and structures where women have not yet been able to access and participate. Working with women of all ages to challenge and reduce inequality is essential, but insufficient. Policies and programmes will transform gender relationships if they also help boys and men face up to unequal power relations and if we work with them as allies in achieving social equality and gender justice. A number of young people talk about their experiences.

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Doris Salcedo in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2019, 

Doris Salcedo studied Fine Art at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogota and, from when she began her career as a visual artist, she has given form to the stories of violence and dispossession that have been left behind by the armed conflict in Colombia. As one of the most prominent artists of the moment, her work has been exhibited in museums of the stature of MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Centro Pompidou (Paris) and Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid). She will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

Doris Salcedo in conversation with Juan David Correa

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Haydée Milanés in conversation with Walther Salas

La canción cubana and its influences

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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Michael Bhaskar

The Future of Publishing

Cartagena 2018, 

Technology means that the world of publishing is undergoing constant changes; Michael Bhaskar has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries. In his book The Content Machine he explains the financial rules that technology has imposed on newspapers, magazines and blogs. He also produced one of the first e-books for iPhone and is currently visiting lecturer at the Oxford Brookes International Centre for Publishing as well as writer in residence at DeepMind. He will talk to the audience about the future of publishing.

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Carmen Boullosa and Edurne Portela in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Armed violence as an historical scar

Cartagena 2018, 

Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novel Texas: The Great Theft and, together with Mike Wallace, of the non-fiction work A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War”. The writer Edurne Portela’s most recent works are El eco de los disparos: Cultura y memoria de la violencia, a non-fiction book about the armed group ETA’s disarmament, and the novel Mejor la ausencia. The two will talk about the scars of armed violence with the Colombian writer Giuseppe Caputo.

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Lecture by Bianca Jagger

For Nicaragua.

Cartagena 2019, 

The neighboring Nicaragua is going through critical times: political repression, violence that has taken lives and a society that is seeing their individual liberties cut. On this conversation the activist Bianca Jagger (Nicaragua), founder and president of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, good will ambassador of the European Council and with a life dedicated to fight for human rights, social liberties, the conservation of the environment and social justice, she will talk about the situation in the country and the role of the international community on the resolution of this conflict. Presented by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Co-organised with Centroamérica Cuenta

Lecture by Bianca Jagger

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Ignacio Escolar in conversation with Jaime Abello

Arequipa 2018, 

The Spanish journalist and political analyst Ignacio Escolar has worked with, among others, media organizations such as Cinco Días, El Mundo, Muy Interesante, Rolling Stone, GEO,Quoand Telecinco, and has acted as a press consultant in Mexico and Ecuador. In 2003 he founded escolar.net, Spain’s most popular political blog; in 2007 he founded Público newspaper; and in 2012, eldiario.es, of which he is the Managing Director. In 2018 he was awarded the Garbiel García Márquez Journalism Prize by the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) for his great contribution to multimedia journalism. He will reflect on a life dedicated to press, television and digital journalism, from creating content to his thoughts about the trade, with Jaime Abello Banfi, the director and founder member of the FNPI.

Supported by SURA and the GABO Prize

Ignacio Escolar in conversation with Jaime Abello

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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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Charla SURA. Carlos Castaño Uribe in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Cartagena 2019, 

Carlos Castaño Uribe is an anthropologist of the Universidad de los Andes and has a doctorate in American Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has stood out for his contributions to public environmental policy of Colombia and Latin America, having taken up the directorate of the System of National Natural Parks for over a decade, the directorate of IDEAM, the directorate of the Secretariat for the Environment of Bogotá and the vice-ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, among other positions. He was one of the expeditionaries who, during the 90s, discovered the mountain range of Chiribiquete, between the departments of Guaviare and Caquetá, nowadays focus of the Amazonian biodiversity and one of the most important findings in cave paintings in the whole continent. Since then, he has worked on the research of this corner of Colombian geography, which, to him, represents the origins of Colombia and the home of the jaguar. He will be in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Co-organized with SURA

Charla SURA. Carlos Castaño Uribe in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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Azriel Bibliowicz, Jorge Franco and Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez in conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía

Returning to the origins.

Cartagena 2019, 

In his work, the sociologist and writer Azriel Bibliowicz has explored, especially in the novel Migas de pan, part of his family identity: his parents were Jewish migrants who escaped the Holocaust. Jorge Franco narrates his native Medellín in books such as Rosario Tijeras, El mundo de afuera and his most recent work, El cielo a tiros. Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez (Venezuela / España), is a Phd in Hispanic Literature Literature by the University of Salamanca, and is the autor of more tan 20 books including novels, short stories and essays, receiving in 2013 the Book of the Year Award in Venezuela for Arena negra. His most recent book is La ola detenida. They will be in conversation with the writer Esteban Carlos Mejía about narrating their origins.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Azriel Bibliowicz, Jorge Franco and Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez in conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía

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Andrea Wulf in conversation with Rosie Boycott

The invention of nature.

Arequipa 2018, 

Andrea Wulf is the author of the prize-winning The Invention of Nature, a biography that can be read as an exciting and entertaining adventure story. In it, she tells us about the experiences of Alexander von Humboldt, the great German explorer who opened the doors onto a view of nature that we still share today. Andrea Wulf will talk to the journalist Rosie Boycott about all the different ways of looking at something as ambiguous and abstract as nature.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts and Instituto Culutral Peruano Alemán

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Diego Zúñiga and Luciana Sousa in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

Bogotá39-2017.

Arequipa 2018, 

Bogotá 39-2017 is the selection of the 39 best Latin American writers under 40. In 2016, Luciana Sousa, the Argentinean social communicator and journalist, published her first novel, Luro. Diego Zúñiga is a Chilean journalist and publisher, the author of two novels, Camanchaca (2009) and Racimo (2014), and a book of short stories called Niños héroes (2016). At this event, these two rising stars of the world of letters will talk to the Peruvian publisher Álvaro Lasso.

With the support of the Embassy of Chile

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Agustín Fernández Mallo and Pedro Mairal in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean Pedro Mairal, who was chosen for the first Bogotá39 in 2007, has won popularity with readers and critics alike with a novel that has become an international publishing phenomenon: La uruguaya. This short but intense story deals with sex, humour, infidelity, money, meanness, betrayal and even football. Agustín Fernández Mallo won the 2018 Biblioteca Breve Prize for his novel Trilogía de la guerra, a story that links three countries and three different periods, with the common link that they have suffered brutal wars on their territory. Together with the journalist Mariana H, these two writers talk about the many sides of life, from an everyday encounter to the limits of total devastation.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Bogotá39. Daniel Saldaña París and Jesús Miguel Soto in conversation with Elianna Kan

Querétaro 2018, 

Bogotá39-2017 is a selection of 39 of the best Latin American writers aged under 40. Two of them will share the stage here to talk about their literary careers. The mysterious narrative of Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico) in his first novel, En medio de extrañas víctimas and the violent and hostile portrait by Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) of his native city in La máscara de cuero, will all be explored in this conversation with the literary agent Elianna Kan. 

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Remembering Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Michael Rosen, Lauren Child and Philippa Perry, friends and colleagues of the best loved author and illustrator Judith Kerr, in an event to celebrate her life and work.

Chaired by Julia Eccleshare, Director, Hay Children's Director.

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Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

Morten Strøksnes was once in search of a beast that surpasses humans in so many barely imaginable ways: eight meters long, weighing in at a thousand kilos, with four hundred years of life expectancy, it inhabits a hidden marine ecosystem in the artic polar circle. In Shark Drunk, this Norwegian historian, writer and photographer tells the story of how, beside his friend Hugo Aasjord, he undertook his ambitious voyage to capture the boreal shark. He will talk with the Spanish editor, writer and journalist Luna Miguel.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Norla and Wom@rts

Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

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Paula Bonet in conversation with Alejandra Ballón

Arequipa 2018, 

Paula Bonet is a Spanish writer and artist who has exhibited her work in ten countries. Since 2012 she has combined her painting and illustration work with literature and music, publishing and illustrating her own poetry, children’s books, non-fiction and song books. She has illustrated the books Léeme (Amaia Crespo, Andana, 2013), Escribe con Rosa Montero(Rosa Montero, Alfaguara, 2017) and Por el olvido (Aitor Saraiba, Lunwerg, 2018), and has written and illustrated Qué hacer cuando en la pantalla aparece The End(Lunwerg, 2014), 813(La Galera, 2015), La Sed (Lunwerg, 2017) and Quema la memoria(Lunwerg, 2018). Pending publication is Roedores. Cuerpo de embarazada sin embrión, a book about the realities of the female body which talks plainly about the subject of miscarriage. She will talk to the Arequipa artist and researcher Alejandra Ballón.

Supported by Wom@rts

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Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Querétaro 2018, 

The Italian writer Andrea Marcolongo has managed to entrance thousands of readers around the world, unexpectedly, with Ancient Greek. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco is the bestseller that brings the legendary language of Plato out of the classical world and into the 21st century. She will talk to the Spanish writer and journalist Sergio del Molino.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts and Gobierno de Aragón

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Leila Guerriero, John Paul Rathbone and Cecilia Valenzuela in conversation with Daniel Pardo

Covering Latin America.

Arequipa 2018, 

Leila Guerriero (Argentina) won the CEMEX-FNPI Prize in 2010 for her report El rastro en los huesos, on the military dictatorship in her country; she has worked with media organizations in Argentina, Colombia and Chile, and is the Latin America Editor of Gatopardo magazine (Mexico). John Paul Rathbone (United Kingdom) is currently Latin America Editor of the British newspaper Financial Times, after having worked for The Wall Street Journal (USA), The Sunday Telegraph (United Kingdom), El Espectador (Colombia) and Esquire (USA). Cecilia Valenzuela (Peru) is currently Journalism Editor at the newspaper Perú21. They will talk about their extensive and rigorous work all over the continent, with the Colombian journalist from BBC Latin America, Daniel Pardo.

With the support of the Embassy of Argentina

Leila Guerriero, John Paul Rathbone and Cecilia Valenzuela in conversation with Daniel Pardo

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Eugenio García and Nir Hindi in conversation with David Melo

The orange economy

Cartagena 2019, 

The arts as a competitive industry that contributes to the development of a country’s economy; literature, visual arts, music and film thought as lucrative, creative and employment-generating activities. The so-called “orange economy” has been identified as one of the areas to be developed within Colombia, a very culturally-rich country with a full calendar of activities such as festivals and art and literature fairs. Two experts in linking creativity and business talk about the orange economy and its possibilities: Eugenio García (Chile), creative director who created the legendary “No” campaign in Chile, which was pivotal in the democratic transition after the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet; and Nir Hindi (Israel), founder of The Artian, a consulting company joining creativity and business, with a training programme based on the renaissance model created for companies and cultural ventures. They will talk with the vice minister of culture David Melo

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by the Embassy of Israel and PROCOLOMBIA

Eugenio García and Nir Hindi in conversation with David Melo

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Jorge Volpi and Emmanuelle Steels in conversation with Antón Castro

Querétaro 2018, 

Two writers who have dealt with the Cassez-Vallarta case, which shook Mexico and caused diplomatic tensions between the governments of Felipe Calderón and Nicolás Sarkozy. Jorge Volpi used the story in his fiction Una novela criminal, winner of the 21st Alfaguara Novel Prize. The Belgian journalist Emmanuelle Steels analyses the same event in El teatro del engaño, which reveals the level of corruption and impunity of a case that, 13 years on, is still unresolved. They will talk to the journalist and writer Antón Castro about the two viewpoints taken to cover this incredible story.

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Shirin Ebadi in conversation with Lydia Cacho

Querétaro 2018, 

The winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, the first Muslim woman in history to receive it, is an Iranian lawyer who specializes in human rights. Currently in exile in London, she continues to work for human rights and democracy, despite having received numerous threats and reprisals from the Iranian authorities. Ebadi will talk to Lydia Cacho about her latest work, Until We Are Free. This is a biographical narrative in which Ebadi tells the story of her courage and the difficulties she faces with a government willing to destroy her family and her mission, which is to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.

Simultaneous translation from Persian to Spanish available