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Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Cartagena 2019, 

Considered as the prodigy of Romanian letters of his generation and winner of the Formentor award in 2018, Mircea Cărtărescu develops his work in verse, prose, fiction, memoirs and essay, between the epic, fantastic and lyric narrative. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, novels and essay collections, among them his renowned volume Solenoide, and the trilogy Cegador, a masterpiece that earned him international repute. In 2018 he published a Spanish translation of the first part of the trilogy, which divides into three the body of a huge butterfly. The left wing situates the reader in Bucarest which receives communism at the same time as it hosts gypsies, wandering circuses, sects, dead and even stories of maternal love. In conversation with Xavi Ayén, we will discover the narrative universe of one of the cult authors of contemporary Eastern European literature.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

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Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop with Luna Miguel: writer, poet and literary editor of the online magazine PlayGround. Internet is a word that is difficult to rhyme, but that does not mean that literature does not fit in it. On the contrary: through memes, viral articles from PlayGround and verses from the best instapoets, we will see how easy and necessary it is to read and create through social media.

Supported by Wom@rts

Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

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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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Viviana Rivero and Jorge Zepeda Patterson in conversation with Laura García

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean writer Viviana Rivero is the author of novels such as Secreto bien guardado and Mujer y maestra en un mundo de hombres. Her latest work, La música del destino, is a romantic novel that takes place against the engaging backdrop of Paris in the 1920s. The Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda Patterson also offers a French setting in Muerte contrarreloj, a thriller about the ambitions, intrigues and conspiracies of Tour de France competitors. In conversation with Laura García.

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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

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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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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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Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

Cartagena 2019, 

The prize-winning Cuban author, journalist, screenplay writer and literary critic Leonardo Padura again gives life to the detective Mario Conde in his novel La transparencia del tiempo. The statuette of a virgin stolen in the Catalan Pyrenees, a Spaniard fleeing from the Civil War, foreign gallerists and collectors, and other characters of dubious reputation combine historic and crime fiction, set between contemporary Havana and the Europe of last century. Leonardo Padura will be in conversation with the journalist Javier Moreno.

Co-organised with El País

Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

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Alejandra Ballón, Paula Bonet, Karina Pacheco and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Paola Donaire

About the #MeToo campaign

Arequipa 2018, 

The US feminist campaign, #MeToo, has shaken the world and struck a blow in favour of gender equality. Spanish-speaking artists as the Peruvian investigator Alejandra Ballón, the Spanish illustrator and writer Paula Bonet, the Peruvian author Karina Pachego and the Limeño writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez will talk with Paola Donaire about how this feminist wave has broken over Latin America and Spain.

Supported by Wom@rts

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Mario Vargas Llosa and Salman Rushdie in conversation with Leila Guerriero

On universal literature.

Arequipa 2018, 

For centuries, literature has helped readers face society with critical thinking, and reflection. Salman Rushdie is the author of acclaimed books such as Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses and Shame. Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has written books such as Conversation in the Cathedral and The Feast of the Goat. They talk to Leila Guerriero.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Catholic University of Santa María

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Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

Querétaro 2018, 

The Mexican journalist and writer Denise Dresser contributes to, among other publications, the magazines Proceso and the newspaper Reforma, where she is also an editor. A Doctor of Politics from the University of Princeton, she is the co-author of México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria. Her book El país de uno: Reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México became a bestseller upon publication in 2012. At this event she will talk to the Spanish journalist Javier Lafuente.

Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

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Sarah Corbett in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

Craftivism.

Cartagena 2019, 

Activism does not have to be big, loud and combative to be effective. This is the premise at the heart of Sarah Corbett’s discourse, who uses the process of handicraft and the completed objects with well-thought out messages to successfully change laws, business policies, hearts and minds. She is an award-winning campaigner, Ashoka Fellow, Creative Director of the global Craftivist Collective and consultant in her unique 'gentle protest' methodology. She is the author of the books A Little Book of Craftivism and How to be a Craftivist: the art of gentle protest. She will be talking about her way of campaigning for change in a sustainable and kind way with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Arcadia, British Council and Wom@rts


Sarah Corbett in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

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The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Querétaro 2018, 

Imagination is what makes us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has dedicated a long career to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors: the primates. Agustín Fuentes (USA), a National Geographic Explorer, will talk about his latest work, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, in which he traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to Liliet Heredero.

The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

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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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Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2019, 

Amanda Levete CBE is a British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon; Central Embassy in Bangkok; and a media campus and headquarters building for the broadcaster Sky in London. She was previously a partner at Future Systems, where she realised buildings including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. Amanda will be in conversation with Peter Florence in a discussion on architecture today, with topics ranging from materials to the importance of public space. 

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Wom@rts and British Council

Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

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#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2019, 

The #MeToo campaign resonated in social media to give voice to thousands of stories that give a face and name to the feminist movement. Writers and journalists Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), Diamela Eltit (Chile) and Cristina Morales (Spain) talk with Margarita Valencia about initiatives like this one in favour of gender equality.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Conference by Shirin Ebadi

Freedom and human rights.

Cartagena 2019, 

The first Muslim woman and first Iranian citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003) is a lawyer who, at age 23, also became one of the first women judges of the country, and at age 30, one of the first magistrates in Teheran. Currently exiled in London (UK), she continues to work for human rights and democracy, carrying the message she expresses in her autobiography, Until We Are Free, to every place she visits. From her own experience, far away from her country, but with Iran always in her words, Shirin Ebadi will speak about the value of freedom and the importance of fighting for rights.

Consecutive Persian to Spanish translation available

Conference by Shirin Ebadi

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Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Querétaro 2018, 

Vivian Gornick is a greatly admired writer and journalist. In her day, she was one of the pioneers in writing about the metaphorical meaning of what it means to be foreign: that which is somewhere between “being a part of something and alienated from it at the same time.” In her memoir Fierce Attachments, recently published in Spanish, Gornick powerfully evokes the Jewish-American generation of her childhood and also reflects on the sexist and anti-Semitic humiliations constant in US society of that time. In conversation with the writer and editor Eduardo Rabasa.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

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Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

Three great classics

Cartagena 2019, 

Three great Colombian children’s literature authors talk about the importance and challenges of writing for children. Pilar Lozano is author of a long list of kids’ books that cover subjects such as the history of Colombia. Her latest book is La historia, los viajes y la abuela, whilst her most well-known work is, without a doubt, Colombia, mi abuelo y yo. Celso Román’s background is as a veterinary doctor and visual artist before he began writing for younger readers. His oeuvre includes 60 titles of children’s books, several of them touching upon the subject of nature and looking after the environment in books such as El árbol de los tucanes (2011), Rogelio y la bolsa (2013) and Hijos de Madre Tierra (2017). He won the Enka Award with Los amigos del hombre. Irene Vasco has written some thirty books, among them titles such as A veces (2005), Medalla de honor (2006), Lugares fantásticos de Colombia (2007), La independencia de Colombia: Así fue (2009), Mambrú perdió la guerra (2012) and Letras al carbón (2015). Fernando Rojas will chair the panel.

Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

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Roberto Emparan and Andrés Gomberoff in conversation with Dante Trujillo

At the forefront of science.

Arequipa 2018, 

The physicists Andrés Gomberoff (Chile) and Roberto Emparan (Spain), as well as working on the most recent discoveries in physics, write for lay readers with an interest in science. In 2015 Gomberoff published Física y berenjenas: La belleza invisible del universo (Aguilar), a compilation of 40 columns written since 2008 for Qué Pasa magazine, about science considered in everyday contexts. Emparan has written Iluminando el lado oscuro del universo, to illuminate curious minds about black holes, gravitational waves, quantum physics and string theory. Both Gomberoff and Emparan invite us to see science from its most aesthetic side, not only explained in attractive prose, but also in words that reveal the beauty of knowledge.

With the support of the Embassy of Chile

Roberto Emparan and Andrés Gomberoff in conversation with Dante Trujillo

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Leila Guerriero in conversation with Diego Zúñiga

Arequipa 2018, 

The prolific Leila Guerriero is an Argentinean journalist, publisher and writer. She is Latin America Editor for the Mexican magazine Gatopardo and has worked with a range of Spanish and Latin American media organizations including, La Nación, Rolling Stone, SoHo, El Malpensante and El Mercurio. In 2010 she received the CEMEX-FNPI Prize for her book El rastro en los huesos, about the work of the Argentinean Forensic Anthropology Team, the NGO in charge of identifying the remains of victims of the military dictatorship. Her work includes Los suicidas del fin del mundo. Crónica de un pueblo patagónico (Tusquets, 2005); the collection of essays, Frutos extraños (Alfaguara, 2009), a collection of profiles of figures from the world of art and literature Plano americano (Ediciones UDP, 2013) and Zona de obras (Anagrama, 2015). We explore the career of Leila Guerriero with the Chilean writer, Diego Zúñiga.

With the support of the Embassy of Argentina

Leila Guerriero in conversation with Diego Zúñiga

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Gene Machine. Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Antonio Lazcano

Querétaro 2018, 

Venki Ramakrishnan is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in molecular biology, which includes studies of the advanced compression of the atomic structure of ribosome, which he calls “the mother of all molecules”. In his new book, Gene Machine, he explains how, if DNA is information, the ribosome is a powerful machine that can process information. The book is also a very human history about the race to ascertain the structure of ribosome, an enormous molecule that has more than a million atoms. It is a frank look at how science is done, with all its accidental circumstances, ambitions and rivalries. In conversation with Antonio Lazcano, Doctor of Science of UNAM, a specialist in evolutionary biology. Both scientists will talk about the microscopic force that can tell us much about how to develop better antibiotics in the fight against deadly diseases.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Antonio Caballero, Jorge Orlando Melo and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Marta Orrantia

History returns.

Cartagena 2019, 

After years of being brushed aside and left out of the official school syllabus, History is returning to the range of interests of Colombians. But it is no longer History as told by academic historians in an academic fashion, but by writers and journalists with an educational spirit. With Antonio Caballero, writer, journalist and author of the recently published Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías; Jorge Orlando Melo, historian, professor and journalist, author of Historia mínima de Colombia; and Daniel Samper Pizano, writer, historian and journalist, author of the classic Lecciones de histeria de Colombia, Camas y famas: Las más raras y genuinas historias de amor and Viagra, chats y otras pendejadas del siglo XXI. In conversation with Marta Orrantia.

Antonio Caballero, Jorge Orlando Melo and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop for people of all ages which will explain, in a simple and fun way, how to find inner silence every day. Kankyo Tannier is a Buddhist nun in the Zen tradition. She lived for 15 years in a monastery in France. She divides her time between a life with trees and wildlife, and modern social activities: videos, books, blogs, conferences… She is an author of the book The Gift of Silence, which has been translated into 13 languages. Her goal is to promote Zen meditation and show the example of a contemporary spirituality that is accessible to all.

Consecutive French to English translation

With the support of Wom@rts

Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier