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Power Paola en conversación con Josué Martínez

Xalapa 2014, 

Power Paola es autora de libros ilustrados, de fanzines como Todo bien pero todo mal o Los demás y de novelas novelas gráficas como QP y Virus tropical. Ésta última dará lugar a una película de animación en 3D que se estrenará en 2016. Esta autora colombo-ecuatoriana ha publicado en editoriales como Carboncito, Argh, Granta o La Fierro; y mensualmente publica una tira cultural en la revista colombiana Arcadia.
Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Colombia

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Pablo Boullosa lecture

Querétaro 2017, 

Pablo Boullosa, communicator, writer and presenter of the television programme La dichosa palabra, offers a lecture based on his book El corazón es un resorte: Metáforas y otras herramientas para mejorar nuestra educación, reflecting on the elements of daily life (emotions, experiences, imagination) which help to improve our knowledge.

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Juan Cárdenas, María José Caro, Carlos Fonseca, Pilar Quintana and Felipe Restrepo Pombo in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

The art of telling stories

Cartagena 2018, 

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).

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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.

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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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Alonso Salazar in conversation with Mario Jursich

There was no party

Cartagena 2018, 

Alonso Salazar, former Mayor of Medellin, has published a number of books on the reality of Colombia, especially in terms of understanding the phenomenon of drug trafficking and its sickly hold on society. No nacimos pa´semilla (1990), La parábola de Pablo (2001) and Profeta en el desierto: Vida y muerte de Luis Carlos Galán (2003) are his most important books. He will talk to the writer Mario Jursich about his most recent book, No hubo fiesta, in which the author draws intimate portraits of the main figures in the war, including Bateman, Pizarro, Marulanda, Iván Ríos and Carlos Castaño.

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Deyan Sudjic in conversation with Peter Florence

Hay Festival Reforms: Towards a New Kind of City

Arequipa 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. To celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to present a reform that is relevant today. In the 21st century, most of the planet’s population lives in urban areas and there are ever more megalopolises and cities with millions of inhabitants. In this context, how does living in a city affect humans? If our surroundings determine our quality of life, why not make cities more human? Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum, will propose a new concept of city.

Deyan Sudjic in conversation with Peter Florence

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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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Del texto a la pantalla

Arequipa 2015, 
Vicente Molina Foix, Premio Nacional de Literatura 2007 por su libro El abrecartas, es un cineasta y prolífico escritor español que ha cultivado la poesía, la narrativa y el teatro. David Trueba es un reconocido escritor, director de cine y guionista, ganador de seis premios Goya por Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados. Por su parte, el escritor, periodista y cineasta chileno Alberto Fuguet recibió el premio al mejor largometraje nacional en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2011 por Música campesina. Estos tres expertos cineastas hablarán de los reveses, las dificultades y las licencias en la adaptación de textos literarios al cine acompañados por Anna Soler-Pont, agente literaria desde 1992 y más recientemente también productora audiovisual.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Deyan Sudjic in conversation with Álvaro Pastor

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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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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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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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Martín Felipe Castagnet, Daniel Ferreira, Daniel Saldaña París and Claudia Ulloa Donoso in conversation with Leila Guerriero

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. Four outstanding Latin American writers aged under 40, Martín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina), Daniel Ferreira (Colombia), Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico) and Claudia Ulloa (Peru) will talk about their respective careers as journalists or publishers, and what this work has contributed to their literature, or vice versa.

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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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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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Pilar Quintana in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Cartagena 2018, 

Friendship threatened by social prejudices, compassion in a world full of avarice, happiness just around the corner from sadness. These are areas dealt with in the truest and most humanly complex stories, and also themes touched on by Pilar Quintana, who recently published her fourth novel, La perra, a raw yet beautiful story about maternity and the jungle of the Colombian Pacific. The writer will talk to the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa.

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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.

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

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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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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.