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Leo con ONCE. Juan José Millás in conversation with Miguel de la Cruz

Querétaro 2018, 

The book Club Leo con ONCE presents a very special author: Juan José Millas, that will speak with his readers about his most recent book, Que nadie duerma, an exceptional novel which tells the story of the life of Lucía, who, after losing her job, becomes a taxi driver, accompanied by a tune from a Puccini opera, and hopes one day to pick up her former neighbour, a man who has disappeared and who was the love of her life. The real world and the main character’s inner world are separated by a very fine line indeed. Chaired by Miguel de la Cruz.

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With the support of Acción Cultural Española

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What We Cannot Know. Marcus du Sautoy in conversation with Carlos Arredondo

Querétaro 2018, 

Science has given us unprecedented knowledge about the big questions that have faced humanity. Where do we come from? What is the ultimate end of the universe? What is our physical world made up of? What is consciousness? The mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (UK), Professor of Mathematics and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, deals with the issues that make us human in his book What We Cannot Know. He will talk about his work with the professor Carlos Arredondo.

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What We Cannot Know. Marcus du Sautoy in conversation with Carlos Arredondo

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Luna Miguel and Kim Thúy in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Cartagena 2019, 

Narrators of imposing stories that explore in their work subjects as complex as death and grief. Luna Miguel (Spain) is an editor, columnist, poet and through her debut published in 2018, El funeral de Lolita, a novelist. Kim Thúy is a Vietnamese-Canadian lawyer, translator and writer who published in 2018 Vi. Una mujer minúscula. The novel narrates the experience of a family who live through the war in Vietnam, spending time in a refugee camp and finally migrating to Canada. They will be in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Blue Metropolis, McGill University and Wom@rts

Luna Miguel and Kim Thúy in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

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El Tiempo Talk: Manolo Cardona in conversation with Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2019, 

Manolo Cardona started out in Colombian television with his role in the famous series Padres e hijos. As his career progressed, he played several characters in drug war TV series such as El CartelSin tetas no hay paraíso and Narcos. In 2018 he played Porfirio Rubirosa, part of the inner circle of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator for 31 years of the Dominican Republic. A diplomat, military, politician, spy, and above all, an inveterate seducer, Rubirosa had five wives, as well as a list of lovers who lavished him with extravagant gifts, including a plane. Manolo Cardona will talk about his unique role in the film Rubirosa with the director of El Tiempo, Roberto Pombo.

With the support of El Tiempo

El Tiempo Talk: Manolo Cardona in conversation with Roberto Pombo

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Gustavo Gorriti in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

Cartagena 2019, 

The Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti has occupied the posts of associate director of La Prensa of Panama and co-director of La República, and is the founding director of IDL-Reporteros, the first digital publication of non-profit investigative journalism in Peru. In 2010 he was awarded the Premio Nuevo Periodismo CEMEX+FNPI, in the category of Homage. For far do the new projects of journalism extend, without thinking of borders, is the central theme of this conversation with Colombian journalist María Jimena Duzán.

Gustavo Gorriti in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

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Alice Zeniter in conversation with Pierre Ducrozet

Arequipa 2018, 

The French writer Alice Zeniter, of Franco-Algerian background, wrote her first novel aged 17. In 2010 she published Sombre dimanche, which describes the lives of three generations of a Hungarian family over 30 years, during the Communist and post-Communist periods in the country. The novel L’Art de perdre (2017), winner of the French Goncourt Prize, is about a young women in search of the origins of her identity, which takes her to the history of the Algerian civil war. The profundity of the narrative and the historical rigour of the writer will be the focus of this discussion with the French writer Pierre Ducrozet.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

With the support of the Embassy of France

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Julianne Pachico and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with John Naranjo

Latest books.

Arequipa 2018, 

Gustavo Rodríguez is the author of the recent Peruvian novel, Madrugada,which tells the story of a family from Lima whose routine is interrupted by the appearance of the daughter of one of the family members, who had been unknown to them. This narrative offers Rodríguez a way to explore the contradictory nature of the human heart. In 2017, Julianne Pachico, born in the United Kingdom and raised in Colombia, presented her first work, The Lucky Ones. It isa novel of interconnected stories that take place over 20 years, in both Colombia and New York, in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia. They will talk to John Naranjo.

With the support of the British Council

Julianne Pachico and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with John Naranjo

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Lydia Davis in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

Querétaro 2018, 

The US writer Lydia Davis has made a name for herself in the literary world for her very short works, characterised by their brilliant observations about everyday matters and routine occurrences. Her works include Can’t and Won’t and The End of the Story, her only novel - or, as the author would say, “a long story”. Her works have won major prizes including the Man Booker International. At this event she will talk to Elvira Liceaga.

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Lydia Davis in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

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Call me by your Name. André Aciman in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2018, 

In Call me by your Name, André Aciman (Egypt/United States) tells the story of a summer romance in 1980s Italy, between an intellectually precocious 17-year-old and a doctorate student aged 24. The author covers the processes of building trust, intimacy and achieving sexual maturity. Ten years after being published, Call me by your Name has become a popular success thanks to a successful film adaptation in 2017. André Aciman will talk to the Colombian writer and journalist Felipe Restrepo Pombo about the novel’s relevance and its movie version, given the present social context.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the US Embassy.

Call me by your Name. André Aciman in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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Roberto Emparan in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

The music of the universe.

Arequipa 2018, 

Roberto Emparan is a highly-esteemed physicist, known for his work on gravity, black holes and superstring theory. His fascinating book Iluminando el lado oscuro del universo: Agujeros negros, ondas gravitatorias y otras melodías de Einstein reveals the music of gravitational waves, the peculiar sound made when two black holes collide, merging into one another. At this event, the Spanish physicist will talk about this wonderful work which might change the way we see the universe.

Roberto Emparan in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

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Alejandra Ballón and Pierre Ducrozet in conversation with Ramiro Pareja

Urban art

Arequipa 2018, 

The Arequipan Alejandra Ballón is a writer, researcher and academic, with a doctorate in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the EHESS, Paris, and is Director of National Art and Criticism Research (INCA) in Peru. Her work includes a strong emphasis on art y women's rights research. Pierre Ducrozet (France) is the author de Eroica (2015), a fictional biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican background who left such an important artistic legacy in the 80s. They will talk to Ramiro Pareja.

With the support of the Embassy of France

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Mario Vargas Llosa and Salman Rushdie in conversation with Leila Guerriero

On universal literature.

Arequipa 2018, 

For centuries, literature has helped readers face society with critical thinking, and reflection. Salman Rushdie is the author of acclaimed books such as Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses and Shame. Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has written books such as Conversation in the Cathedral and The Feast of the Goat. They talk to Leila Guerriero.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Catholic University of Santa María

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Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2019, 

Amanda Levete CBE is a British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon; Central Embassy in Bangkok; and a media campus and headquarters building for the broadcaster Sky in London. She was previously a partner at Future Systems, where she realised buildings including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. Amanda will be in conversation with Peter Florence in a discussion on architecture today, with topics ranging from materials to the importance of public space. 

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Wom@rts and British Council

Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

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The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Querétaro 2018, 

Imagination is what makes us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has dedicated a long career to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors: the primates. Agustín Fuentes (USA), a National Geographic Explorer, will talk about his latest work, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, in which he traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to Liliet Heredero.

The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

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Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Querétaro 2018, 

Vivian Gornick is a greatly admired writer and journalist. In her day, she was one of the pioneers in writing about the metaphorical meaning of what it means to be foreign: that which is somewhere between “being a part of something and alienated from it at the same time.” In her memoir Fierce Attachments, recently published in Spanish, Gornick powerfully evokes the Jewish-American generation of her childhood and also reflects on the sexist and anti-Semitic humiliations constant in US society of that time. In conversation with the writer and editor Eduardo Rabasa.

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Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

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William Sieghart in conversation with Kirsty Lang

The Poetry Pharmacy.

Arequipa 2018, 

Since 2014, William Sieghart has dedicated thousands of hours to offering consultancy to people up and down the United Kingdom, prescribing short and powerful poems for all kinds of spiritual maladies. He tells the extraordinary story in his book The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul. This is not a conventional collection, but rather one created by the personal experience of the author, reciting real poems for people who need them. Each poem is paired with a specific condition: fear of the unknown, unrequited love, stagnation, feeling purposeless, convalescence or oppression. He will talk to the British BBC journalist Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Británico and Wom@rts

William Sieghart in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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Gene Machine. Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Antonio Lazcano

Querétaro 2018, 

Venki Ramakrishnan is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in molecular biology, which includes studies of the advanced compression of the atomic structure of ribosome, which he calls “the mother of all molecules”. In his new book, Gene Machine, he explains how, if DNA is information, the ribosome is a powerful machine that can process information. The book is also a very human history about the race to ascertain the structure of ribosome, an enormous molecule that has more than a million atoms. It is a frank look at how science is done, with all its accidental circumstances, ambitions and rivalries. In conversation with Antonio Lazcano, Doctor of Science of UNAM, a specialist in evolutionary biology. Both scientists will talk about the microscopic force that can tell us much about how to develop better antibiotics in the fight against deadly diseases.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop with Luna Miguel: writer, poet and literary editor of the online magazine PlayGround. Internet is a word that is difficult to rhyme, but that does not mean that literature does not fit in it. On the contrary: through memes, viral articles from PlayGround and verses from the best instapoets, we will see how easy and necessary it is to read and create through social media.

Supported by Wom@rts

Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

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Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

Three great classics

Cartagena 2019, 

Three great Colombian children’s literature authors talk about the importance and challenges of writing for children. Pilar Lozano is author of a long list of kids’ books that cover subjects such as the history of Colombia. Her latest book is La historia, los viajes y la abuela, whilst her most well-known work is, without a doubt, Colombia, mi abuelo y yo. Celso Román’s background is as a veterinary doctor and visual artist before he began writing for younger readers. His oeuvre includes 60 titles of children’s books, several of them touching upon the subject of nature and looking after the environment in books such as El árbol de los tucanes (2011), Rogelio y la bolsa (2013) and Hijos de Madre Tierra (2017). He won the Enka Award with Los amigos del hombre. Irene Vasco has written some thirty books, among them titles such as A veces (2005), Medalla de honor (2006), Lugares fantásticos de Colombia (2007), La independencia de Colombia: Así fue (2009), Mambrú perdió la guerra (2012) and Letras al carbón (2015). Fernando Rojas will chair the panel.

Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

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Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

Querétaro 2018, 

The Mexican journalist and writer Denise Dresser contributes to, among other publications, the magazines Proceso and the newspaper Reforma, where she is also an editor. A Doctor of Politics from the University of Princeton, she is the co-author of México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria. Her book El país de uno: Reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México became a bestseller upon publication in 2012. At this event she will talk to the Spanish journalist Javier Lafuente.

Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

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Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2019, 

Two writers talk with Giuseppe Caputo about their most recent work. Cristina Morales (Spain), the winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela 2018 with Lectura fácil; and with Carolina Sanín (Colombia), writer and critic that in her latest work, Somos luces abismales, immerses herself on an exploration about life, memories and her surrounding world, with a series of texts that mix poetry, narrative and non fiction. 

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

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Viviana Rivero and Jorge Zepeda Patterson in conversation with Laura García

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean writer Viviana Rivero is the author of novels such as Secreto bien guardado and Mujer y maestra en un mundo de hombres. Her latest work, La música del destino, is a romantic novel that takes place against the engaging backdrop of Paris in the 1920s. The Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda Patterson also offers a French setting in Muerte contrarreloj, a thriller about the ambitions, intrigues and conspiracies of Tour de France competitors. In conversation with Laura García.

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Karolina Ramqvist in conversation with Francesca Denegri

Arequipa 2018, 

Karolina Ramqvist is one of the most influential writers and feminist activists of her generation in Sweden. She has written novels that have been acclaimed around the world for their powerful capacity to pose pressing questions, rather than offer clear and easy answers. She has tackled such themes as sexuality, commercialization, isolation and belonging in ways that are ever more weighted and yet still unresolved. At this event, she will speak with Francesca Denegri about her most recent novel, The White City, a thriller about a woman who has to confront changes in her body, her surroundings and in her way of life.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Supported by Swedish Arts Council

Karolina Ramqvist in conversation with Francesca Denegri

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Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

Western cosmovisions: how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy.

Cartagena 2019, 

Wolfram Eilenberger (Germany) is a philosopher, journalist and writer. His passion is the application philosophical ideas to our life today, whether in politics, culture or sports. He is, in addition, the founding editor of Philosophie Magazin. In March 2018 he published Zeit der Zauberer - Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-1929, the history of how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy and changed our way of understanding the world. The book explores the work of philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. The book become a best seller, and is currently being translated into 20 languages. With a splendid narrative style, Eilenberger draws connections not only between the ways of life and revolutionary thinking of these four philosophers, but also between philosophy and science, art, literature and architecture. In conversation with el editor Ricardo Cayuela.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Goethe Institute

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

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Alma Delia Murillo in conversation with Sandra Hernández

Querétaro 2018, 

The writer, journalist and prolific twitter user Alma Delia Murillo (Mexico) talks to Sandra Hernández about her novel El niño que fuimos, recently published. Author of the short story collection Damas de caza, of the novel Damas de caza and included as part of the anthology about the 19th of September 2017 earthquake in Mexico, Murillo is also a regular contributor to the online newspaper sinembargo.mx.

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