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Renato Cisneros and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Literary families.

Arequipa 2018, 

Renato Cisneros wrote the novel The Distance Between Us (2018) based on his personal life and experiences with his father, the famous soldier Luis Federico Cisneros Vizquerra. In 2017 he published Dejarás la tierra, the sequel, which completes the story of the first novel. María Teresa Ruiz Rosas is a literary writer and translator. Her extensive bibliography includes around 20 books and translations from German, English and Hungarian. Her novel Nada que declarar (2015) deals with human trafficking, particularly the case of a young Peruvian woman who seeks to escape from the life in which she is trapped in Germany. Her latest book is the collection of short stories El color de los hechos (2017). Both authors tackle their country’s past through family histories, resulting in intimate tales that are also successful historical and social portraits. In conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

Renato Cisneros and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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Juan Carlos Belon and Daniel Mordzinski in conversation with Alejandra Bedoya

On Photography.

Arequipa 2018, 

The Franco-Peruvian Juan Carlos Belon is a Doctor of Politics and the creator and organizer of cultural events; he has worked on different photography projects in France and Peru, carried out photography workshops with indigenous communities and given talks at conferences around the world. Daniel Mordzinski, known as the "writers' photographer", has been taking the portrait of storytellers from all around the globe for almost 40 years. They will talk to Alejandra Bedoya.

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Conference by Dale Bredesen

The End of Alzheimer's.

Cartagena 2019, 

Dale Bredesen is the author of the book that could transform everything that is said and known about the most threatening degenerative disease of our times: Alzheimer. Research director of neurogenerative diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of UCLA, Dale Bredesen proposes in The End of Alzheimer's strategies of care, but especially of prevention, which have started to give hope for the treatment of this disease.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Conference by Dale Bredesen

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Sabrina Duque, Luz Mely Reyes and Natalia Viana in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Journalism that resists

Cartagena 2019, 

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Brazil are three of the countries on Latin America where working as a journalist has become a real challenge to laws and repressive actions of their governments over the past year. Luz Mely Reyes (Venezuela), director and founder of Efecto Cocuyo; Natalia Viana (Brazil), director and founder of the Public Agency of Research Journalism; and Sabrina Duque (Ecuador), a journalist based in Nicaragua and author of the book VolcáNica, crónicas desde un país en erupción, will talk with Jaime Abello Banfi (Colombia), general director of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) about the challenges of news coverage in these contexts.

This talk will take place within the framework of the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award and is co-organized with the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI).

Sabrina Duque, Luz Mely Reyes and Natalia Viana in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

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Tatiana Andrade and María Camila Sanjinés in conversation with Santiago Rivas

On motherhood.

Cartagena 2019, 

Tatiana Andrade and María Camila Sanjinés talk with Santiago Rivas about their latest book, La vida láctea. This work offers a dialogue between a text and an image which, in an honest manner, looks at the process of motherhood from the experiences of two mothers with small children. A book which, beyond being a guide for women confronting the role that being a mother implies, is an open letter for any audience about an experience that not everyone encounters, but that does imply a relationship with the other which is primordial in the life of each human being.

Tatiana Andrade and María Camila Sanjinés in conversation with Santiago Rivas

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Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Daniel Montesinos

The Plant Messiah.

Arequipa 2018, 

Carlos Magdalena is one of the most highly-reputed botanists in the United Kingdom, and an expert in saving rare plant species. This Spanish naturalist has travelled the world rescuing plants in danger of extinction, earning him the nickname, “the plant messiah”. He has recently published the book The Plant Messiah, which talks of his work and his passion for keeping species alive. At this event he will talk to the Peruvian botanist Daniel Montesinos about his role as horticulturalist and his commitment to plants.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

Carlos Magdalena in conversation with Daniel Montesinos

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Sergio del Molino and Vicente Molina Foix in conversation with Eliezer Budasoff

Querétaro 2018, 

In his novel El joven sin alma, Vicente Molina Foix evokes Spain in the mid-20th century and makes his protagonist -and his readers- find new life through a passion for film, poetry and life itself. The novel is enriched by the writer’s own experiences being brought up in a country where echoes of the Spanish Civil War could still be heard. Sergio del Molino covers this same Spain through the gaze of his teacher Antonio Aramayona, whose experiences form the basis of his book La mirada de los peces. These writers will talk to the Mexican journalist Eliezer Budasoff so that, by reviewing a Spain of the past, we may have a clearer view of the Spain of the present.

With the support of AECID and the Government of Aragón.

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2019, 

Poets from several countries share with the audiences of Hay Festival Cartagena examples of their beautiful work. With Cecilia Balcázar (Colombia), Piedad Bonnett (Colombia), Mircea Cărtărescu (Romania), Tamara Kamenszain (Argentina), Luna Miguel (Spain), Winston Morales Chavarro (Colombia), Ioana Nicolaie (Romania), Maria do Rosário Pedreira (Portugal) and Manuel Vilas (Spain). Moderated by Guido Tamayo.

With the support of the Embassy of Portugal and Wom@rts

Poetry Gala

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Jaime Abello, Kate Horne and Silvana Paternostro in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Remembering Gabo.

Arequipa 2018, 

Jaime Abello, Director and co-founder of the Gabriel García Máruqez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) and two writers who have used the life of the Colombian Nobel laureate in their work, talk to the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez about this fundamental author. With Kate Horne (United Kingdom), the producer of Gabo, the first international documentary about the life and work of García Márquez; and Silvana Paternostro (Colombia), writer of Soledad & Compañía: Un retrato a voces de Gabriel García Márquez, a biography written based on testimony by the family, friends and detractors of Gabo, which will be translated into English by Edith Grossman, the translator par excellence of the work of García Márquez.

With the support of the British Council

Jaime Abello, Kate Horne and Silvana Paternostro in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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José Ignacio Latorre with Mariana Camacho

The quantum future.

Cartagena 2019, 

The future will be quantic or it will not be. But are we prepared for this new era? Opening before us is a world where this science, which is as unknown as it is applicable, can bring innumerable benefits to human beings, especially in the field of medicine, yet also brings with it a more unsettling aspect, including its application in IT in breaking encryptions. The Spanish physicist José Ignacio Latorre, professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, a researcher at the Center for Quantum Technologies of Singapore and director of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, tries to answer these and many other questions in his book Cuántica: Tu futuro en juego.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

José Ignacio Latorre with Mariana Camacho

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Sarah Churchwell, Philippe Sands and Mark Thompson in conversation with Andrea Bernal

The failure of democracy

Cartagena 2019, 

Sarah Churchwell (USA) is the author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, a work about the symbolic value of the terms “America first” and “American dream”. Philippe Sands (UK-France) is an expert writer and lawyer specializing in international law who has worked on cases about Pinochet, the war of Yugoslavia, the genocide of Rwanda, the invasion of Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Mark Thompson (UK) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times and author of Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?  They will speak with journalist Andrea Bernal about how to face a globalization in crisis.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council

Sarah Churchwell, Philippe Sands and Mark Thompson in conversation with Andrea Bernal

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Christophe Galfard and Andrés Goberoff in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

Understanding Einstein.

Arequipa 2018, 

How to Understand E=mc is an exciting look at the theory of relativity. The theory states that energy can be converted into mass, and mass into energy. It explains why we can split the atom and why the stars shine. It also tells us that space and time are not what they seem. And neither is our planet, nor even ourselves. Einstein’s formula is one of the most important and beautiful in the history of humanity and Christophe Galfard will talk to Andrés Gomberoff about it.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Chile

Christophe Galfard and Andrés Goberoff in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

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Freedom of expression. Conference by Shirin Ebadi

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, including the confiscation of her Nobel Prize. Ebadi will talk about the importance of defending human rights and, more specifically, the rights of women, based on her own experience as one of the first female judges in Iran and involved in the prohibition of lawyers after the 1979 revolution.

Simultaneous translation from Persian to Spanish available

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Deirdre McCloskey in conversation with Rosie Boycott

The path to being a woman.

Cartagena 2019, 

Deirdre McCloskey is a Distinguished Professor of English, History, Economy and Communication at the University of Illinois and author of 17 books and hundreds of articles about, among other topics, economic theory, economic history and philosophy. Some of them are under her birth name: Donald McCloskey. In 1995 she started the path to being a woman and in 1999 she told the story in her autobiographic book, Crossing: A memoir. In conversation with the English writer and journalist Rosie Boycott, McCloskey reveals the interior of her voyage of transformation.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Deirdre McCloskey in conversation with Rosie Boycott

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Philippe Sands in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2019, 

Philippe Sands (UK-France) is a professor of law, lawyer and writer, and since 2018, president of English PEN. He has participated in international trials in cases regarding Pinochet, the war of Yugoslavia, the Rwandan genocide, the Iraq invasion and Guantanamo bay. He is the author of numerous essays on geopolitics and has written for the Financial TimesThe GuardianThe New York Review of BooksVanity Fair, CNN and BBC. In 2016 he published East West Street, a story about the shadows of the Second World War which, through four characters, reconstructs the stories of Jews and nazis, lawyers in the Nuremberg trials and escapes from genocide. He will talk with the renown Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council

Philippe Sands in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Umberto Jara and Marco Sifuentes in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

Arequipa 2018, 

The writer, journalist and lawyer Umbero Jara is the author of many books about politics in Peru; among them: Abimael: El sendero del terror and his last book Outsider. Marco Sifuentes has recently presented his book H&H. Escenas de la vida conyugal de Ollanta Humala y Nadine Heredia, which is more than the life story of a couple, it is a portrait of the national life of the state in which the couple found themselves during the presidential mandate of Ollanta Humala. They will talk to the journalist Jacqueline Fowks.

Umberto Jara and Marco Sifuentes in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

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Jacobo García, Gustavo Gorriti and Luz Mely Reyes in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Migration Alert

Cartagena 2019, 

Latin America is and has historically been a region of migrants, in which the movement of people for economic and cyclical reasons has been a constant. But in 2019 we have been witnesses of an unprecedented migratory wave, with two large-scale phenomena, the exodus from Venezuela to other countries of the region (mainly Colombia and Perú) and from the countries of Central America to the United States and Mexico. In both cases, poverty, violence and political tensions can be identified as the factors that lead the population to abandon their countries. Three experts on these phenomenons, Jacobo García (España), Gustavo Gorriti (Perú) and Luz Mely Reyes (Venezuela) talk with Jaime Abello Banfi, director of the Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), about this humanitarian crisis.

Jacobo García, Gustavo Gorriti and Luz Mely Reyes in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

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Carlos Granés and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla in conversation with Jose Luis Vargas

May ‘68.

Arequipa 2018, 

The Colombian writer and academic, Carlos Granés, is a Doctor in Social Anthropology from Madrid’s Universidad Complutense. He has published several books about the impact of art on society, such as El puño invisible. Arte, revolución y un siglo de cambios culturales (2011) and La invención del paraíso: El Living Theatre y el arte de la osadía (2015). He will talk with the Spanish journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla and the Peruvian sociologist and communicator Jose Luis Vargas about how we are, 50 years after May ‘68, and what those movements mean for our common contemporary history.

Carlos Granés and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla in conversation with Jose Luis Vargas

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Mariana H in conversation with Francisco Paillie

Querétaro 2018, 

Cultural journalist, radio and TV presenter for more tan 20 years, Mariana H is one of the most recognasible voices of Mexican journalism,. She currently presents the radio programme ¿Qué hacer?, Música en Imagen, and the TV programmes Punto y coma and Caldo de cultivo at Excelsior TV. She is the autor of Neurosis, sustancias y literatura, a book that compiles very special interviews with writers, and of which she will be speaking at this event. In conversation with Francisco Paillie.

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Powerpaola and Bef in conversation with Felipe Rosete

Querétaro 2018, 

More than illustrated works, these authors create stories told through images. The Colombian-Ecuadorian artist Powerpaola tackles sexuality, feminism and personal identity in her graphic novels and comic strips, which creates for her blog, among other outlets. Bernardo Fernández, Bef, is the creator of both traditional format and graphic novels for adults, children and young people, and which have been translated into English, French, German, Dutch and Chinese. Together with the Sexto Piso editor for Mexico, Felipe Rosete, these graphic artists will talk about their work with images and their latest books, Todo va a estar bien by Powerpaola and El instante amarillo by Bef.

With the support of the Embassy of Colombia in Mexico.

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Alberto Vergara in conversation with Jerónimo Pimentel

Citizens without a Republic: How to survive the Peruvian political jungle.

Arequipa 2018, 

In 2013, Alberto Vergara published the book Ciudadanos sin República, which called attention to the disdain with which contemporary Peru treated the republican institutions. Five years on, the book has been updated and republished. What has happened in the five years between the first and second editions of the book? To answer this and other questions, he will talk to the writer Jerónimo Pimentel.

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Azriel Bibliowicz and Jeremías Gamboa in conversation with Enrique Planas

Creative writing: Can writing be taught?

Arequipa 2018, 

Azriel Bibliowicz, writer and founder of the Master’s in Creative Writing at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the first in South America; and Jeremías Gamboa, the author of Contarlo todo, who gives reading workshops, will talk to the journalist and writer Enrique Planas, who teaches a creative writing workshop at the Universidad Católica’s Cultural Centre.

Azriel Bibliowicz and Jeremías Gamboa in conversation with Enrique Planas

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Totó La Momposina and Mónica Giraldo in conversation with Juan Gossaín.

One comes with her note.

Cartagena 2019, 

This will be a conversation between songs that will speak about the life and trajectory of the singer and teacher Totó La Momposina, and the singer and composer Mónica Giraldo. This is a conversation that celebrates the tradition and vanguard through the ancestral music of the Caribbean, the sung dances, guitar and voice. In the musical representation, Totó will be accompanied by her son Marco Vinicio Oyaga, percussionist and music director of her group and Mónica by the bass player Diego Valdés and by the dancer Roiber Jiménez Fuentes.

Totó La Momposina and Mónica Giraldo in conversation with Juan Gossaín.

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Brian Lara, about Somos valientes

Cartagena 2019, 

Somos valientes is a documentary series which aims to educate for peace through the testimonies of Mexican children. It is a project headed up by the journalist, writer and activist Lydia Cacho, who will talk about it.

Lydia Cacho in conversation with Brian Lara, about Somos valientes

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Héctor Béjar and Hugo Neira in conversation with Alberto Vergara

50 years after the Velasco coup.

Arequipa 2018, 

On 3 October 1968, General Juan Velasco Alvarado carried out a coup d’état that also brought an abrupt change to the economic, social, political and cultural life of Peru. Half a century on, the debates and questions about the nature of that regime, as well as its consequences (positive for some, negative for others) have accumulated, without clear-cut answers having been given. To tackle these questions, the panel is made up of two well-known intellectuals who both participated in their own way in the Velasco regime. Héctor Béjar is a Doctor in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and won the Latin American Casa de las Américas Non-fiction Prize for his book Perú 1965: Una experiencia guerrillera. Hugo Neira is a Doctor in Social Sciences from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, and an acute and prolific observer of the Peruvian reality for more than five decades. The conversation will be moderated by the political scientist Alberto Vergara.

Héctor Béjar and Hugo Neira in conversation with Alberto Vergara