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.
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
In the speeches of politicians, in the media, in advertising, in electoral campaigns: populism is everywhere. Gerardo Bongiovanni is chair of the Fundación Libertad in Argentina, which promotes democracy and the rule of law, and has also edited the book El estallido del populismo; Jorge Quiroga is ex-president of Bolivia; and Yoani Sánchez is a Cuban blogger who has become famous for her critical look at life in Cuba under the present government. These three will talk to the journalist Claudia Gurisatti.
It is common to see the viewpoint defended that the past should not be forgotten. However, what if it is painful and counterproductive? David Rieff is a journalist and writer of books on immigration, international conflicts and humanitarianism. His articles regularly appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El País and other publications. In his latest book, he questions the way in which peoples tend to relate to the past.
Valenzuela is one of the best-known and important contemporary Argentinean writers. Because of the military dictatorship, which impeded both her journalistic and literary work, she went into exile in the United States. She stayed there for ten years and was writer-in-residence at the Center for InterAmerican Relations and at New York and Columbia universities, where she also gave writing workshops and seminars. In 1989 she returned for good to Buenos Aires, where she continues to live. Luisa Valenzuela is the author of more than 30 books, including novels, short stories, micro-fiction and essays, with titles such as La travesía, El gato eficaz, Los heréticos and Hay que sonreír, which have been translated and published in many different countries.
Maylis de Kerangal (France) has worked in publishing and is the author of novels including Birth of a Bridge, translated into eight languages and winner of the Médicis, Franz Hessel and Gregor von Rezzori prizes, and Mend the Living, winner in 2015 of the Llibreter Prize awarded by Catalan booksellers. Her latest work to be published in Spanish is Lampedusa, a novel built up around the name Lampedusa, which the author hears on the radio, full of literary and geographical associations, but also of tragedy and pain because of its link to the port of Lampedusa and the massive arrival of refugees on Sicily in recent years. She will talk to Alfredo Vanini Benvenuto, cultural manager, journalist and writer.
Participating at this gala are the following writers: Ana Alonso (España), Frank Báez (Dominican Republic), Valter Hugo Mãe (Portugal), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (United States), Carlos Zanón (Spain), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia), Gloria Esquivel (Colombia), Rosemary Sullivan (Canada), Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico), Lee Maracle (Canadá), Alan Mills (Guatemala), Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador) and Daniel Saldaña (Mexico). Moderated by Juan Merino.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura España-Colombia
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
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.
Although publishers seem to be convinced that there is not the same demand for short stories as for novels or self-help books, the genre often sparks the beginnings of a passion for books, and also acts as a school for most writers. From the brothers Grimm to Edgar Allan Poe, from Borges, who did not believe in the novel, to Cortázar, who said that the novel won by points but the short story was capable of a knockout, short fiction is full of gems. The Spanish writers Eloy Tizón and Pilar Adón will talk to Guido Tamayo about some of them.
The novelist and essayist Sergio del Molino has recently published the work of literary non-fiction La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Sara Mesa is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. Her work Cuatro por cuatro was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize and Cicatriz was chosen as one of El País’s books of the year. These two Spanish writers, much acclaimed for their unique viewpoints and styles, will talk to Margarita Valencia about writing.
Geoff Dyer is one of the most outstanding contemporary English writers. A regular contributor to publications such as Esquire, The Guardian and The New York Times, he is also the author of titles such as But Beautiful and Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It. He will talk to the writer and publisher Jerónimo Pimentel about his latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, a work about the power of memory, a beautiful homage to art and literature.
Economic and political protectionism is gaining ground around the world. The changes that have happened in Russia, the United States and Europe have altered the idea of a global citizenship. In their books David Rieff, Sergio del Molino and Carmen Boullosa have explored in detail and in very original ways the consequences of these political transformations for individuals. The three writers will talk to the journalist María Elvira Samper.
Unlike prose, where there is more anecdotal development, in poetry, ideas enter the reader’s consciousness, verse after verse, disguised as images. A poem has emotion, feeling and thought, and is also a way of understanding the world. Darío Jaramillo, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Prize with El cuerpo y otra cosa, will talk about poetry with the writer Gloria Esquivel, author of the poetry book El lado salvaje and the novel Animales del fin del mundo.
Eight writers from different parts of the world will talk about the books, whether classic or contemporary from female authors, that have most left their mark. This event promises to be a kind of group tour through the best and newest in world literature.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Four authors reflect on writing during this turbulent period, in which the media constantly talk about natural disasters, political changes, polarization and disillusionment. Valeria Luiselli (Mexico), Valentín Trujillo (Uruguay), Eduardo Plaza (Chile) and Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba) will talk about writing fiction in this context.
Renato Cisneros is a journalist, poet and fiction writer. La distancia que nos separa, a book that also gave rise to his latest novel, Dejarás la tierra, is based on the search for the man who was Cisneros’ own father before he was born. As the author says, “it is the story of a son who is searching for his place in the world by remembering his father”, General “Gaucho” Cisneros. The philosopher Javier Gomá is the author of the Tetralogía de la ejemplaridad and the monologue Inconsolable, about the unexpected desolation he suffered after the death of his father. The text, which has also been adapted into a play, is the interpretation of a number of situations in which the author experienced mortality and death. The two will talk to the writer Margarita Valencia.
In the 1980s, under the influence of Spanish punk, many of the young people of Peru expressed their anger. Some of their reactions involved drugs, music and violent action. Martín Roldán, who wrote Este amor no es para cobardes (2015), writes about a Lima of repression, scarcity and power cuts. He and Edurne Portela, who last year published El eco de los disparos, a book about the end of ETA’s armed struggle and which maintains a commitment to engaging with the past, will talk to the writer Alonso Rabí.
Luke Harding, the award-winning British journalist, will talk about his newest book Conspiration, where he recounts the convulsed story that reveals the close coonections between Trump´s government and Moscow and the political game set by Russia decades ago in order to unsettle the American democracy. The Specuial Prosecutor Robert Mueller has already submmited an accusation against some of the protagonists in this alleged conspiracy, including Trump´s campaigns manager Paul Manafort. It is higly probable that many more will follow as the crisis within the president´s Executive Office aggravates.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With more than thirty million books sold and translations into over forty languages, Marc Levy is the most read French author. Many of his titles have been translated into English, including P.S. from Paris, All Those Things We Never Read and If Only It Were True. This last novel has been made into a film entitled Just Like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. Levy, who decided to write novels after time in the French Red Cross and running an architecture firm, will talk to the writer Felipe Restrepo Pombo about his extensive and exciting bibliography.
Music can be understood as an ephemeral art and politics as a transitory mood. If this is so, what is the relationship between the two? Carmen Pardo lectures on Barcelona University’s Master’s in Sound Art. She has extensively researched the soundscape of contemporary music and has published some of her findings in two important works: En el silencio de la cultura and La escucha oblicua: una invitación a John Cage. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. They will talk to the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos about music as a political expression.
The poetry gala, the moment at which our favourite poets recite their work live, returns to the Hay Arequipa with Lee Maracle (Canada), Cees Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Peruvian poets Sheila Alvarado, Carlos Arámbulo, José Carlos Yrigoyen, Victoria Guerrero, Carmen Ollé, Alonso Ruiz Rosas and Martín Zúñiga. Presented by Liliet Heredero.
The singer and actor Ana Belén is one of Spain’s outstanding cultural figures, with an artistic career that includes over forty films, around thirty plays and over thirty-five albums. Winner in 2015 of a Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence, the Spanish Film Academy awarded her the 2017 Honorary Goya for being “a paramount figure for generations, whose face and voice play a central role within our filmography”. She will talk about her acting career with Luis Alegre.
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
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
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