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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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Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Querétaro 2018, 

The Italian writer Andrea Marcolongo has managed to entrance thousands of readers around the world, unexpectedly, with Ancient Greek. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco is the bestseller that brings the legendary language of Plato out of the classical world and into the 21st century. She will talk to the Spanish writer and journalist Sergio del Molino.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts and Gobierno de Aragón

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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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Lecture by Bianca Jagger

For Nicaragua.

Cartagena 2019, 

The neighboring Nicaragua is going through critical times: political repression, violence that has taken lives and a society that is seeing their individual liberties cut. On this conversation the activist Bianca Jagger (Nicaragua), founder and president of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, good will ambassador of the European Council and with a life dedicated to fight for human rights, social liberties, the conservation of the environment and social justice, she will talk about the situation in the country and the role of the international community on the resolution of this conflict. Presented by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Co-organised with Centroamérica Cuenta

Lecture by Bianca Jagger

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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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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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Andrea Wulf in conversation with Rosie Boycott

The invention of nature.

Arequipa 2018, 

Andrea Wulf is the author of the prize-winning The Invention of Nature, a biography that can be read as an exciting and entertaining adventure story. In it, she tells us about the experiences of Alexander von Humboldt, the great German explorer who opened the doors onto a view of nature that we still share today. Andrea Wulf will talk to the journalist Rosie Boycott about all the different ways of looking at something as ambiguous and abstract as nature.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts and Instituto Culutral Peruano Alemán

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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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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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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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El Tiempo Talk: Manolo Cardona in conversation with Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2019, 

Manolo Cardona started out in Colombian television with his role in the famous series Padres e hijos. As his career progressed, he played several characters in drug war TV series such as El CartelSin tetas no hay paraíso and Narcos. In 2018 he played Porfirio Rubirosa, part of the inner circle of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator for 31 years of the Dominican Republic. A diplomat, military, politician, spy, and above all, an inveterate seducer, Rubirosa had five wives, as well as a list of lovers who lavished him with extravagant gifts, including a plane. Manolo Cardona will talk about his unique role in the film Rubirosa with the director of El Tiempo, Roberto Pombo.

With the support of El Tiempo

El Tiempo Talk: Manolo Cardona in conversation with Roberto Pombo

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jorge Volpi and Emmanuelle Steels in conversation with Antón Castro

Querétaro 2018, 

Two writers who have dealt with the Cassez-Vallarta case, which shook Mexico and caused diplomatic tensions between the governments of Felipe Calderón and Nicolás Sarkozy. Jorge Volpi used the story in his fiction Una novela criminal, winner of the 21st Alfaguara Novel Prize. The Belgian journalist Emmanuelle Steels analyses the same event in El teatro del engaño, which reveals the level of corruption and impunity of a case that, 13 years on, is still unresolved. They will talk to the journalist and writer Antón Castro about the two viewpoints taken to cover this incredible story.

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Shirin Ebadi in conversation with Lydia Cacho

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. Ebadi will talk to Lydia Cacho about her latest work, Until We Are Free. This is a biographical narrative in which Ebadi tells the story of her courage and the difficulties she faces with a government willing to destroy her family and her mission, which is to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.

Simultaneous translation from Persian to Spanish available

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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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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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Alice Zeniter in conversation with Pierre Ducrozet

Arequipa 2018, 

The French writer Alice Zeniter, of Franco-Algerian background, wrote her first novel aged 17. In 2010 she published Sombre dimanche, which describes the lives of three generations of a Hungarian family over 30 years, during the Communist and post-Communist periods in the country. The novel L’Art de perdre (2017), winner of the French Goncourt Prize, is about a young women in search of the origins of her identity, which takes her to the history of the Algerian civil war. The profundity of the narrative and the historical rigour of the writer will be the focus of this discussion with the French writer Pierre Ducrozet.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

With the support of the Embassy of France

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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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Julianne Pachico and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with John Naranjo

Latest books.

Arequipa 2018, 

Gustavo Rodríguez is the author of the recent Peruvian novel, Madrugada,which tells the story of a family from Lima whose routine is interrupted by the appearance of the daughter of one of the family members, who had been unknown to them. This narrative offers Rodríguez a way to explore the contradictory nature of the human heart. In 2017, Julianne Pachico, born in the United Kingdom and raised in Colombia, presented her first work, The Lucky Ones. It isa novel of interconnected stories that take place over 20 years, in both Colombia and New York, in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia. They will talk to John Naranjo.

With the support of the British Council

Julianne Pachico and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with John Naranjo