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Lecture by Jordi Montero

Neuroscience

Cartagena 2018, 

For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain.

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José Luis Trueba en conversación con Nivardo Trejo

Demiurgo: un beso y el infierno

Querétaro 2017, 
El autor de la trilogía Amor, zombis y otras desgracias, presenta su nueva aventura literaria, Demiurgo: un beso y el infierno, en la que El Profeta se enfrenta a Meguido para cumplir la profecía de los libros sagrados. José Luis Trueba (México) es docente en la universidad Tecnológica de México, y autor de numerosos libros y ensayos.
A partir de 14 años

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Rutger Bregman and Marina Garcés in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2018, 

Two thinkers who are off the beaten track when it comes to proposing solutions to the problems that face societies will talk to the writer Juan David Correa.  Rutger Bregman is the author of Utopia for Realists and journalist with the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent. The Spanish philosopher Marina Garcés is the author of the books En las prisiones de lo posible (Bellaterra, 2002), Un mundo común (Bellaterra, 2012) and Fuera de clase (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016). Thinking radically makes us relate to what we are and do by means of unexpected questions with unforeseen consequences. In this way, philosophy creates its own battlefield. This event is for those who think it is not possible to change the world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Luke Harding and Diego Salazar in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

Fake news

Arequipa 2018, 

Luke Harding is a British journalist who worked as a correspondent for The Guardian newspaper in Russia until entry into the country was denied him in February 2011. His writings include books on the Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cases and on Russia’s foreign policy. His latest book is Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia helped Donald Trump Win (2017). Diego Salazar is the author of the book No hemos entendido nada: Qué ocurre cuando dejamos el futuro de la prensa a merced de un algoritmo, which analyses cases of fake news that have gone viral on the Internet and in the media. The writer reflects on how to produce and consume information in the digital era. They will talk to the award-winning Peruvian journalist Mabel Cáceres.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Luke Harding and Diego Salazar in conversation with Mabel Cáceres

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Tamar Cohen sobre Orfanato Lachina

Querétaro 2017, 
La escritora mexicana Tamar Cohen, ganadora del Premio Gran Angular México 2015 por la novela El año terrible, presenta Orfanato Lachina, la historia de un peculiar orfanato para niños y niñas traviesos, al que llegará Lenny.
A partir de 7 años  

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Diego Zúñiga and Luciana Sousa in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

Bogotá39-2017.

Arequipa 2018, 

Bogotá 39-2017 is the selection of the 39 best Latin American writers under 40. In 2016, Luciana Sousa, the Argentinean social communicator and journalist, published her first novel, Luro. Diego Zúñiga is a Chilean journalist and publisher, the author of two novels, Camanchaca (2009) and Racimo (2014), and a book of short stories called Niños héroes (2016). At this event, these two rising stars of the world of letters will talk to the Peruvian publisher Álvaro Lasso.

With the support of the Embassy of Chile

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Paula Bonet in conversation with Alejandra Ballón

Arequipa 2018, 

Paula Bonet is a Spanish writer and artist who has exhibited her work in ten countries. Since 2012 she has combined her painting and illustration work with literature and music, publishing and illustrating her own poetry, children’s books, non-fiction and song books. She has illustrated the books Léeme (Amaia Crespo, Andana, 2013), Escribe con Rosa Montero(Rosa Montero, Alfaguara, 2017) and Por el olvido (Aitor Saraiba, Lunwerg, 2018), and has written and illustrated Qué hacer cuando en la pantalla aparece The End(Lunwerg, 2014), 813(La Galera, 2015), La Sed (Lunwerg, 2017) and Quema la memoria(Lunwerg, 2018). Pending publication is Roedores. Cuerpo de embarazada sin embrión, a book about the realities of the female body which talks plainly about the subject of miscarriage. She will talk to the Arequipa artist and researcher Alejandra Ballón.

Supported by Wom@rts

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Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

Morten Strøksnes was once in search of a beast that surpasses humans in so many barely imaginable ways: eight meters long, weighing in at a thousand kilos, with four hundred years of life expectancy, it inhabits a hidden marine ecosystem in the artic polar circle. In Shark Drunk, this Norwegian historian, writer and photographer tells the story of how, beside his friend Hugo Aasjord, he undertook his ambitious voyage to capture the boreal shark. He will talk with the Spanish editor, writer and journalist Luna Miguel.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Norla and Wom@rts

Morten Strøksnes in conversation with Luna Miguel

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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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Jago Cooper, Deyan Sudjic and Antonio Huitrón Santoyo in conversation with Natalia Majluf

Heritage: three models for working

Arequipa 2017, 

The cataloguing, study, conservation and exhibition of a country’s artistic and archaeological heritage is a matter of great importance, given that what is at stake is the management of that country’s cultural history. Three experts with different approaches to their work will talk to Natalia Majluf about their experiences. With Jago Cooper, Curator of the Americas at the British Museum (United Kingdom), Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum (United Kingdom), and Antonio Huitrón Santoyo, expert in public archaeology at Mexico’s National Institute of Archaeology and History.

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Gender equality is men´s business too

Cartagena 2018, 
Boys, teenagers and young men play an important role in overcoming gender violence and discrimination. Men still have power at many levels and so have the opportunity to promote changes in places and structures where women have not yet been able to access and participate. Working with women of all ages to challenge and reduce inequality is essential, but insufficient. Policies and programmes will transform gender relationships if they also help boys and men face up to unequal power relations and if we work with them as allies in achieving social equality and gender justice. A number of young people talk about their experiences.

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Michael Bhaskar

The Future of Publishing

Cartagena 2018, 

Technology means that the world of publishing is undergoing constant changes; Michael Bhaskar has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries. In his book The Content Machine he explains the financial rules that technology has imposed on newspapers, magazines and blogs. He also produced one of the first e-books for iPhone and is currently visiting lecturer at the Oxford Brookes International Centre for Publishing as well as writer in residence at DeepMind. He will talk to the audience about the future of publishing.

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Haydée Milanés in conversation with Walther Salas

La canción cubana and its influences

Arequipa 2017, 

After being a part of a number of well-known groups, including the Ernán López-Nussa Quartet, Milanés started out as a soloist in 2002. Over the years, her voice has been acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and genuine in Cuban popular music. She will talk about la canción cubana and its influences with Walther Salas.

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Bogotá39. Daniel Saldaña París and Jesús Miguel Soto in conversation with Elianna Kan

Querétaro 2018, 

Bogotá39-2017 is a selection of 39 of the best Latin American writers aged under 40. Two of them will share the stage here to talk about their literary careers. The mysterious narrative of Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico) in his first novel, En medio de extrañas víctimas and the violent and hostile portrait by Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) of his native city in La máscara de cuero, will all be explored in this conversation with the literary agent Elianna Kan. 

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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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Doris Salcedo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Arequipa 2018, 

The work of the Colombian artist, Doris Salcedo, expresses the stories of violence and loss that the armed conflict in her country has left. As one of the world’s most important contemporary artists, her work has been shown in major museums such as MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), the Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid). She will talk to the Spanish writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Doris Salcedo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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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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Carmen Boullosa and Edurne Portela in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Armed violence as an historical scar

Cartagena 2018, 

Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novel Texas: The Great Theft and, together with Mike Wallace, of the non-fiction work A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War”. The writer Edurne Portela’s most recent works are El eco de los disparos: Cultura y memoria de la violencia, a non-fiction book about the armed group ETA’s disarmament, and the novel Mejor la ausencia. The two will talk about the scars of armed violence with the Colombian writer Giuseppe Caputo.

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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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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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Agustín Fernández Mallo and Pedro Mairal in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean Pedro Mairal, who was chosen for the first Bogotá39 in 2007, has won popularity with readers and critics alike with a novel that has become an international publishing phenomenon: La uruguaya. This short but intense story deals with sex, humour, infidelity, money, meanness, betrayal and even football. Agustín Fernández Mallo won the 2018 Biblioteca Breve Prize for his novel Trilogía de la guerra, a story that links three countries and three different periods, with the common link that they have suffered brutal wars on their territory. Together with the journalist Mariana H, these two writers talk about the many sides of life, from an everyday encounter to the limits of total devastation.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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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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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Cartagena 2018, 

The author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations will talk to the Spanish writer Sergio del Molino, whose recent works include the historical essay and travel book La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Both writers, born within six years of each other, often combine grand national subjects with the private lives of their characters, to the point at which public affairs merge with the innermost regions of the soul. Even so, or perhaps for this reason, their stories are some of the most revealing offered by contemporary literature.

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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.

Free event

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

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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