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Tatiana Andrade and María Camila Sanjinés in conversation with Santiago Rivas

On motherhood.

Cartagena 2019, 

Tatiana Andrade and María Camila Sanjinés talk with Santiago Rivas about their latest book, La vida láctea. This work offers a dialogue between a text and an image which, in an honest manner, looks at the process of motherhood from the experiences of two mothers with small children. A book which, beyond being a guide for women confronting the role that being a mother implies, is an open letter for any audience about an experience that not everyone encounters, but that does imply a relationship with the other which is primordial in the life of each human being.

Tatiana Andrade and María Camila Sanjinés in conversation with Santiago Rivas

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Conference by Dale Bredesen

The End of Alzheimer's.

Cartagena 2019, 

Dale Bredesen is the author of the book that could transform everything that is said and known about the most threatening degenerative disease of our times: Alzheimer. Research director of neurogenerative diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of UCLA, Dale Bredesen proposes in The End of Alzheimer's strategies of care, but especially of prevention, which have started to give hope for the treatment of this disease.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Conference by Dale Bredesen

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Juan Carlos Belon and Daniel Mordzinski in conversation with Alejandra Bedoya

On Photography.

Arequipa 2018, 

The Franco-Peruvian Juan Carlos Belon is a Doctor of Politics and the creator and organizer of cultural events; he has worked on different photography projects in France and Peru, carried out photography workshops with indigenous communities and given talks at conferences around the world. Daniel Mordzinski, known as the "writers' photographer", has been taking the portrait of storytellers from all around the globe for almost 40 years. They will talk to Alejandra Bedoya.

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Memorial Device. David Keenan in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2018, 

This is Memorial Device, the first novel by David Keenan, the British writer and musician, tells the story of a band from Airdrie, Scotland, through a series of interviews. This work of fictitious journalism is a homage to the recent musical history of the UK and a look at the everyday lives of people from this period. Keenan will talk to the journalist Mariana H about the novel, chosen by the Telegraph newspaper and the Rough Trade record label as one of the best books of 2017.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

With the support of the British Council.

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Janne Teller in conversation with Dylan Moore

Arequipa 2018, 

Janne Teller (Denmark) is a well-established writer. She went from being a mediator involved in conflict resolution in Mozambique, Bangladesh and Tanzania, to working as a full-time writer. Her philosophical works caused a stir in Denmark, and later her books began to reflect on the meaning of life and the unanswerable questions about human existence. Works such as Nothing consider ways of seeing the world. Other novels include Odin’s Island (1999), The Trampling Cat (2004) and Come (2008). She will talk to the writer Dylan Moore.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation

Janne Teller in conversation with Dylan Moore

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Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Stalin’s Daughter

Arequipa 2018, 

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of fifteen books, including biographies, poetry, travel writing, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work,Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Prize and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

Supported by the Blue Metropolis Festival and Wom@rts

Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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Leila Guerriero in conversation with Diego Zúñiga

Arequipa 2018, 

The prolific Leila Guerriero is an Argentinean journalist, publisher and writer. She is Latin America Editor for the Mexican magazine Gatopardo and has worked with a range of Spanish and Latin American media organizations including, La Nación, Rolling Stone, SoHo, El Malpensante and El Mercurio. In 2010 she received the CEMEX-FNPI Prize for her book El rastro en los huesos, about the work of the Argentinean Forensic Anthropology Team, the NGO in charge of identifying the remains of victims of the military dictatorship. Her work includes Los suicidas del fin del mundo. Crónica de un pueblo patagónico (Tusquets, 2005); the collection of essays, Frutos extraños (Alfaguara, 2009), a collection of profiles of figures from the world of art and literature Plano americano (Ediciones UDP, 2013) and Zona de obras (Anagrama, 2015). We explore the career of Leila Guerriero with the Chilean writer, Diego Zúñiga.

With the support of the Embassy of Argentina

Leila Guerriero in conversation with Diego Zúñiga

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José Ignacio Latorre with Mariana Camacho

The quantum future.

Cartagena 2019, 

The future will be quantic or it will not be. But are we prepared for this new era? Opening before us is a world where this science, which is as unknown as it is applicable, can bring innumerable benefits to human beings, especially in the field of medicine, yet also brings with it a more unsettling aspect, including its application in IT in breaking encryptions. The Spanish physicist José Ignacio Latorre, professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, a researcher at the Center for Quantum Technologies of Singapore and director of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, tries to answer these and many other questions in his book Cuántica: Tu futuro en juego.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

José Ignacio Latorre with Mariana Camacho

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Misha Glenny in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

McMafia.

Arequipa 2018, 

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist, historian and presenter, who has published various books. His bestseller McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, in which he describes the globalization of organized crime, has been dramatized and is now a successful BBC series. He has also written books such as Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, the biography of Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias Nem, who ran Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela for over five years. He will talk to Jacqueline Fowks about what in the BBC series McMafia caused such a stir, and about his career as a writer.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Misha Glenny in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

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Que nadie duerma. Juan José Millás in conversation with Mónica Maristain

Querétaro 2018, 

With its quirky, personal tone, the Spanish writer Juan José Millás adds a touch of humour to an original narrative thread. His novel, Que nadie duerma, tells the story of the life that Lucía makes for herself after losing her job. She becomes a taxi driver, accompanied by a tune from a Puccini opera, with which she strongly identifies. She 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. Millás will talk about the creative process involved in inventing Lucía’s world. In conversation with the Argentinean journalist Mónica Maristain.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Óscar Catacora, Cherie Dimaline and Miren Agur Meabe in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Minority Languages

Arequipa 2018, 

Óscar Catacora is the director of the feature film Wiñaypacha (2017), a film recorded more than five thousand metres above sea level, in the Aymara language, and which won the Mayahuel Prize for Best First Film and for Best Photography at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Cherie Dimaline, a writer from Canada’s Métis community, is also the founder of a digital magazine on indigenous culture and the first indigenous writer-in-residence at Toronto Public Library. Miren Agur Meabe is a Basque writer and linguist who has worked in education, and in creating schoolbooks in Basque, for many years. They will talk to the Canadian journalist, activist, lecturer and writer, of Brazilian origin, Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

Supported by Blue Metropolis Festival and the Etxepare Basque Institute

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Jaime Abello, Kate Horne and Silvana Paternostro in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Remembering Gabo.

Arequipa 2018, 

Jaime Abello, Director and co-founder of the Gabriel García Máruqez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) and two writers who have used the life of the Colombian Nobel laureate in their work, talk to the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez about this fundamental author. With Kate Horne (United Kingdom), the producer of Gabo, the first international documentary about the life and work of García Márquez; and Silvana Paternostro (Colombia), writer of Soledad & Compañía: Un retrato a voces de Gabriel García Márquez, a biography written based on testimony by the family, friends and detractors of Gabo, which will be translated into English by Edith Grossman, the translator par excellence of the work of García Márquez.

With the support of the British Council

Jaime Abello, Kate Horne and Silvana Paternostro in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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Alejandro Zambra in conversation with Enrique Planas

Arequipa 2018, 

The Chilean author Alejandro Zambra has written novels such as Bonsái or Ways of Going Home or books of "fluid genre" such as Facsímil, as well as the essay collections No leer and Tema Libre and the short stories in Mis documentos, which have been published in prestigious magazines such as The New Yorker or The Paris Review. He will talk to Enrique Planas about his literary work.

Alejandro Zambra in conversation with Enrique Planas

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Sergio del Molino and Vicente Molina Foix in conversation with Eliezer Budasoff

Querétaro 2018, 

In his novel El joven sin alma, Vicente Molina Foix evokes Spain in the mid-20th century and makes his protagonist -and his readers- find new life through a passion for film, poetry and life itself. The novel is enriched by the writer’s own experiences being brought up in a country where echoes of the Spanish Civil War could still be heard. Sergio del Molino covers this same Spain through the gaze of his teacher Antonio Aramayona, whose experiences form the basis of his book La mirada de los peces. These writers will talk to the Mexican journalist Eliezer Budasoff so that, by reviewing a Spain of the past, we may have a clearer view of the Spain of the present.

With the support of AECID and the Government of Aragón.

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Freedom of expression. Conference by Shirin Ebadi

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, including the confiscation of her Nobel Prize. Ebadi will talk about the importance of defending human rights and, more specifically, the rights of women, based on her own experience as one of the first female judges in Iran and involved in the prohibition of lawyers after the 1979 revolution.

Simultaneous translation from Persian to Spanish available

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

On short stories

Cartagena 2019, 

The Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez, recently awarded with the Order of Isabella the Catholic, winner of the Alfaguara prize and other awards, is the author of several books translated into English, French and Italian. He presents Canciones para el incendio, a short story collection in which the main characters of the nine stories included have been affected by violence in its multitude of forms. In conversation with Yolanda Ruiz.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

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Julianne Pachico, Karolina Ramqvist, William Sieghart and Janne Teller in conversation with Maya Jaggi

About the #MeToo campaign

Arequipa 2018, 

The US feminist campaign, #metoo, has shaken the world and struck a blow in favour of gender equality. International artists such as British author Julianne Pachico; the Swedish writer Karolina Ramqvist; the British businessman, philanthropist and publisher William Sieghart; and the renowned Danish author Janne Teller, accompany us, together with the journalist Maya Jaggi, to talk about this most important subject.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Swedish Arts Council, Danish Arts Foundation, British Council and Británico

Julianne Pachico, Karolina Ramqvist, William Sieghart and Janne Teller in conversation with Maya Jaggi

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Dylan Moore and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Reflections on Exile: Finding Home Elsewhere

Arequipa 2018, 
The author Dylan Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and will be visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. Against a backdrop of record numbers of displaced people across the world, Dylan Moore reflects on the tension between ideas of 'the outsider' and 'belonging' in the way we construct our identities. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, winner of the Jesse H Jones Award 2015, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015, for Barefoot Dogs, writing in English about the members of a Mexican family forced to flee their country, brings the terror, sadness, tenderness and intimacy as well as the class absurdities of contemporary Mexican life into that most traditional of American forms, the realist short story. In Conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the US Embassy in Perú

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Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Daniel Montesinos

The Plant Messiah.

Arequipa 2018, 

Carlos Magdalena is one of the most highly-reputed botanists in the United Kingdom, and an expert in saving rare plant species. This Spanish naturalist has travelled the world rescuing plants in danger of extinction, earning him the nickname, “the plant messiah”. He has recently published the book The Plant Messiah, which talks of his work and his passion for keeping species alive. At this event he will talk to the Peruvian botanist Daniel Montesinos about his role as horticulturalist and his commitment to plants.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Daniel Montesinos

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Renato Cisneros and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Literary families.

Arequipa 2018, 

Renato Cisneros wrote the novel The Distance Between Us (2018) based on his personal life and experiences with his father, the famous soldier Luis Federico Cisneros Vizquerra. In 2017 he published Dejarás la tierra, the sequel, which completes the story of the first novel. María Teresa Ruiz Rosas is a literary writer and translator. Her extensive bibliography includes around 20 books and translations from German, English and Hungarian. Her novel Nada que declarar (2015) deals with human trafficking, particularly the case of a young Peruvian woman who seeks to escape from the life in which she is trapped in Germany. Her latest book is the collection of short stories El color de los hechos (2017). Both authors tackle their country’s past through family histories, resulting in intimate tales that are also successful historical and social portraits. In conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Renato Cisneros and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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Yoani Sánchez in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

Arequipa 2018, 

Yoani Sánchez is a Cuban philologist and journalist. She is the director of the digital newspaper 14ymedio.com and the author of the blog Generación Y, whose critical take on Cuban life has brought her a large number of followers, with more than ten million visits per month. Sánchez won the 2008 Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award and was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world this year. Her blog was also chosen as one of the 25 best blogs of 2009 in a selection for Time magazine and CNN. Media organizations such as Spain’s El País, the US Foreign Policy and Mexico’s Gatopardo have written about her work. At this event, she will talk to the Peruvian journalist and writer Marco Sifuentes.

Yoani Sánchez in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

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Christophe Galfard and Andrés Goberoff in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

Understanding Einstein.

Arequipa 2018, 

How to Understand E=mc is an exciting look at the theory of relativity. The theory states that energy can be converted into mass, and mass into energy. It explains why we can split the atom and why the stars shine. It also tells us that space and time are not what they seem. And neither is our planet, nor even ourselves. Einstein’s formula is one of the most important and beautiful in the history of humanity and Christophe Galfard will talk to Andrés Gomberoff about it.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Chile

Christophe Galfard and Andrés Goberoff in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

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Mariana H in conversation with Francisco Paillie

Querétaro 2018, 

Cultural journalist, radio and TV presenter for more tan 20 years, Mariana H is one of the most recognasible voices of Mexican journalism,. She currently presents the radio programme ¿Qué hacer?, Música en Imagen, and the TV programmes Punto y coma and Caldo de cultivo at Excelsior TV. She is the autor of Neurosis, sustancias y literatura, a book that compiles very special interviews with writers, and of which she will be speaking at this event. In conversation with Francisco Paillie.

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Madeleine Thien in conversation with Philippe Sands

Cartagena 2019, 

The Canadian writer Madeleine Thien, of Chinese and Malay descent, captivated readers and international critics with her stunning book Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The story unfolds from Canada in the early 90s, when a 10 year old girl and her mother receive in their home a young Chinese girl who fled her country. With her we traverse the contemporary history of China, from the times of the Maoist revolution in 1949, to the protests of Tiananmén, four decades later. In conversation with Philippe Sands, lawyer, professor and writer of the historical novel East West Street, Madeleine Thien will lead us to within her narrative, which goes beyond cultural and generational barriers.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council

Madeleine Thien in conversation with Philippe Sands

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Totó La Momposina and Mónica Giraldo in conversation with Juan Gossaín.

One comes with her note.

Cartagena 2019, 

This will be a conversation between songs that will speak about the life and trajectory of the singer and teacher Totó La Momposina, and the singer and composer Mónica Giraldo. This is a conversation that celebrates the tradition and vanguard through the ancestral music of the Caribbean, the sung dances, guitar and voice. In the musical representation, Totó will be accompanied by her son Marco Vinicio Oyaga, percussionist and music director of her group and Mónica by the bass player Diego Valdés and by the dancer Roiber Jiménez Fuentes.

Totó La Momposina and Mónica Giraldo in conversation with Juan Gossaín.