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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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Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home.

4–7

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Hanoch Piven and Ana Penyas in conversation with Rubén Egea

Illustration

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

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Carlos Magdalena and Andrea Wulf in conversation with Rosie Boycott

The Importance of Nature

Arequipa 2018, 

Two naturalists from different fields come together with the journalist Rosie Boycott to discuss something that is very precious to us: our environment. Carlos Magdalena, the Spanish botanist and star conservationist at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, the world’s most important, is known for his tireless labour recovering and conserving plant species on the edge of extinction, and has recently published The Plant Messiah. The British historian Andrea Wulf presents her work The Invention of Nature, in which she follows the footsteps of the great polymath Alexander von Humboldt and tells how he inspired figures as diverse as Simón Bolívar and Charles Darwin.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, Wom@rts and the Instituto Cultural Peruano Español

Carlos Magdalena and Andrea Wulf in conversation with Rosie Boycott

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Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Tsars & dictators: from Romanovs to Stalin, Putin  & Kim Jong-un

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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Eduardo Posada-Carbó in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

The novel as history. García Márquez, Barranquilla and Carnival

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

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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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Cees Nooteboom and Carmen Ollé in conversation with Martín Zúñiga

Let’s talk about poetry

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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Alonso Cueto, Alicia Giménez Bartlett and Carlos Zanón in conversation with Ana Gavín

Detective novels

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

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Deyan Sudjic in conversation with Álvaro Pastor

Do we transform cities or do they make us?

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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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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Gabriela Jauregui, Laia Jufresa, Alan Mills and Jesús Miguel Soto in conversation with Winston Manrique

Bogotá39-2017. Writers we like II

Cartagena 2018, 

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.

 

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Salman Rushdie in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2018, 

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

Salman Rushdie in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Birds

Hay Festival 2019, 

Why is a flamingo pink? Can a parrot talk? Join Yuval to find out about some of the world’s most magnificent feathered creatures. His introductory talk will be followed by an illustration session, where you can create unique feathered friends of your own.

3+

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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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Teju Cole in conversation with Rubén Gallo

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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María José Caro León and Eduardo Plaza in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

Bogotá39-2017 I

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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Jago Cooper in conversation with Gabrielle Walker

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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Rubén Gallo in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

Eternal Proust

Arequipa 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.

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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 Cárdenas, Renato Cisneros and Samanta Schweblin in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Latest novels

Cartagena 2018, 

Three writers who have all recently published an outstanding work will talk to Camilo Hoyos, literary critic and columnist with Arcadia magazine: Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), author of El diablo de las provincias; Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of Dejarás la tierra, a prequel to his celebrated book La distancia que nos separa; and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), author of Distancia de rescate (shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize). Three novels which take their place in Latin American fiction and which are presented here by their authors.

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Liz Kessler

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Liz Kessler as she launches her new book, Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince. Discover the tricks and treasures Liz uses to create her worlds both under the sea and on land in this interactive event that will provide plenty of swishy inspiration.

9+

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Iván Thays and Guadalupe Nettel in conversation with Ignasi Duarte

Dialogue

Arequipa 2017, 

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.

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Alberto Barrera Tyszka in conversation with Hugo Coya

Arequipa 2017, 

The Venezuelan fiction writer, poet and screenplay writer, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, is the author of Patria o muerte, which won the 11th Tusquets Novel Prize and which deals with Hugo Chávez’s battle against cancer, and later death. It is not the only time that he has written about the deceased President of Venezuela; together with Cristina Marcano he published Hugo Chavez: The Definitive Biography of Venezuela’s Controversial President. He has also published books, short stories and poetry, and has written screenplays for a number of soap operas, most recently Nada personal, for TV Azteca. He will share a stage with the Lima journalist and writer, Hugo Coya.

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Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home.

4–7