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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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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

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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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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.

Free entry

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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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Carlos Enrique Freyre, Enrique Planas and Álvaro Robledo in conversation with Jorge Turpo

Latest novels.

Arequipa 2018, 

Carlos Enrique Freyre, writer, scriptwriter, columnist and Peruvian army officer, immerses readers in a long story with his new book, La guerra que hicieron para mí, which tells the story of Captain Amador Ocampo, who faces a jungle governed by narcoterrorism. In 2015 Enrique Planas, named one of the 25 best-kept secrets in Latin America at the 2011 Guadalajara Book Fair, published Kimokawaii, which tells of a cultural journalist who faces a life of frustration, when he meets a young woman who shows him a world of millennials, fanatical about Japanese culture, and this transforms his life. Álvaro Robledo (Colombia) will talk about El mundo no nos necesita, a science fiction novel in which Mari Sibila tries to find everything needed to create a time machine and so stop the reproduction of our species, so damaging to the planet. They will talk to the journalist Jorge Turpo.

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Jesús Ruiz Mantilla in conversation with Renato Cisneros

Arequipa 2018, 

Turning 51, the veteran Spanish journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla has published his book Al día, in which music, politics, art, literature and journalism combine with travel, love, friendship and father-child relationships to create a hybrid document that brings together genres and experiences. In conversation with Renato Cisneros.

Jesús Ruiz Mantilla in conversation with Renato Cisneros

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Francesca Denegri, Jeremías Gamboa, Orlando Mazeyra, Karina Pacheco, Enrique Planas and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Alonso Rabi

The importance of Los Inocentes.

Arequipa 2018, 

The classic work by Arequipa’s most famous author, Los inocentes by Oswaldo Reynoso, has marked a generation of Peruvian writers and thinkers. With an introduction by Rosa María Vásquez and moderated by Alonso Rabi, six guests tell us why Los inocentes has been so important to them.

Francesca Denegri, Jeremías Gamboa, Orlando Mazeyra, Karina Pacheco, Enrique Planas and Teresa Ruiz Rosas in conversation with Alonso Rabi

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Pedro Llosa, Andrea Mejía and Karina Pacheco in conversation with Dante Trujillo

Telling stories.

Arequipa 2018, 

What makes a good story? The right person, the perfect setting, effort, a moment of inspiration? The Peruvian fiction writer Pedro Llosa explores the moral dilemmas of human life in La medida de todas las cosas, his new story collection.  Andrea Mejía (Colombia) is the author of the mysterious and beautiful short story collection La naturaleza seguía propagándose en la oscuridad. Lastly, Karina Pacheco (Cuzco) is a Doctor in Anthropology and a novelist and short story writer. She has published books such as Alma alga (2010) and El sendero de los rayos (2013). These three guests will reflect on what it means to write short stories.

Pedro Llosa, Andrea Mejía and Karina Pacheco in conversation with Dante Trujillo

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Katherine Pascuales (Mildre) in conversation with Verónica Monterrosa

Mildre Cartagena

Cartagena 2019, 

In 2016 a character arrived to social media who emulates the sort of everyday Cartagena with which so many have felt identified: Mildre. Viral from the start, the videos of Mildre and her children José Antonio, Carolina and Julio Alfredo, illustrate the day to day life of the city, with a good dose of costeño humour, from hilarious situations to the political and social reality that surrounds them. On the life of a typical mother from Cartagena, Mildre will talk with Verónica Monterrosa.

Katherine Pascuales (Mildre) in conversation with Verónica Monterrosa

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Yoko Tawada in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

Cartagena 2019, 

Memoirs of a Polar Bear, the most recent work of Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, was one of the literary revelations of 2018. The author, based in Germany and winner of the Akutagawa Award, the maximum prize in Japanese works, pleases us with a modern fable whose protagonists are a mother, a son and a grandmother with one peculiarity: that they are polar bears. This way, Tawada makes a journey through a good part of the 20th century and the historical events that marked it through this curious point of view, of some bears with reason and feelings of humans, who live in circuses or act in zoos, but also write their memoirs. The writer will be talking with Ana Cristina Restrepo about this singular and surprising book.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Yoko Tawada in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

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Peru’s Bicentenary 2021: The country we can imagine.

Alberto de Belaunde, Carolina Trivelli and Gonzalo Portocarrero

Arequipa 2018, 

The Bicentenary of the Independence and the founding of the Republic of Peru will be one of the most important moments of the decade for reflection in our country, because of its great symbolic value and because it could be a historical opportunity to think again, together, about the country we can imagine. This conversation is designed to be a space so that three generations of outstanding Peruvians can exchange ideas and perspectives about the country we are, that we are building and which we want to celebrate in 2021. With Alberto de Belaunde, lawyer and congressman; Carolina Trivelli, economist and specialist in matters of poverty, social policies and rural development; and Gonzalo Portocarrero, sociologist, essayist and social scientist.

Co-organized with the Special Bicentenary Project

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Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Pilar Reyes

Cartagena 2019, 

Dancer, writer and journalist in Nicaragua when the Sandinists were opposing Somoza, winner of Premio Princesa de Asturias and avid reader, Alma Guillermoprieto publishes two of her most rigorous journalistic texts in her book Desde el país de nunca jamás. The anxiety left behind by the violence in Mexico is spread through the articles Días de muertos, on the impact of drug trafficking, and Un centenar de mujeres, about femicides. Guillermoprieto will speak about this undeniable reality, similar to what is experienced in Colombia. In conversation with the publisher Pilar Reyes.

Conversations between authors and publishers in memory of Claudio López Lamadrid

Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Pilar Reyes

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Manuel Vilas in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2019, 

In 2018, the Spanish writer Manuel Vilas published Ordesa, a novel with sharp autobiographical elements that immediately caused a sensation among readers in Spain. Vilas is based on the life and death of his parents to draw the Spain of the last decades. He will talk about the role of family with the journalist Héctor Abad Faciolince, who immortalized his family in the memory of Colombians with the work El olvido que seremos.

Manuel Vilas in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

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José Carlos Alvariño, Andrea Palet and Pilar Reyes in conversation with Álvaro Robledo

Publishing: Large conglomerates vs. independent publishers

Arequipa 2018, 

José Carlos Alvariño works at the Camara Peruana del Libro. Andrea Palet runs the Chilean publishing company, Laurel Editores, which is committed to Latin American literature and which was founded in 2014. Pilar Reyes is the head of one of the largest publishing houses in Spanish literature, Alfaguara. They will talk to the writer and publisher, from El Peregrino Ediciones, Álvaro Robledo (Colombia), about the work of literary publishing, from three different points of view.

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Lyrics in their ears. David Keenan and Amandititita in conversation with Rulo

Querétaro 2018, 

The British musician David Keenan began a career as a writer with the publication of England’s Hidden Reverse, a work about the post-punk and industrial music scene in the UK, and has continued with his first novel, This Is Memorial Device, the name of a fictitious band from the Scottish town of Airdrie in the 1970s and 80s. Our other guest, Amandititita -Mexico’s most original cumbia singer-, after many years of writing music has published the book of short stories Trece latas de atún. Music and literary creation converge at this event moderated by the journalist Rulo.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the British Council.

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With Jean-Pierre Dozon, Iván Rodríguez Chávez and Nelson Vallejo-Gomez

AfroLatinity and the mixing of the races.

Arequipa 2018, 

The modern and contemporary history of Africa is accompanied by a historical phenomenon called “panafricanism”. From here on the rise of the African diaspora to the Caribbean and the American continent, as well as the awareness of African issues in Europe, can be understood. The challenges which the societies of this great continent are facing have a lot in common with those of Latin America and the Caribbean. In this talk, Jean-Pierre Dozon (France), Head of Research at IRD-France and Vice-president of the FMSH, Iván Rodríguez Chávez (Perú), Principal of the Ricardo Palma University, and Nelson Vallejo-Gomez (France/Colombia), philosopher and director of the programme GRECOL-ALC of the FMSH. will be in conversation on how the “global vision” that prevails about the territory was possible thanks to the debate between European, African and most of all, American intellectuals with which topics such as African identity, colonialism, post-colonialism and mestizaje(or the mixing of the races) were given a new meaning.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

Supported by FMSH and the Embassy of France

With Jean-Pierre Dozon, Iván Rodríguez Chávez and Nelson Vallejo-Gomez

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Karissa Becerra, Mónica Huerta and Virgilio Martínez in conversation with Paola Miglio

El Comercio talks: What is the future of Peruvian cuisine?

Arequipa 2018, 

Much has been said about the extraordinary Peruvian culinary tradition. With its variety of dishes, preparations and styles, which include ingredients from three regions (coast, mountain and rainforest), influences from diverse cultures and a high international profile, Peruvian cuisine is in fashion. But what will the future bring? Three talented chefs, Karissa Becerra (La Revolución), Mónica Huerta (La Nueva Palomino) and Virgilio Martínez (Central) will talk about these matters with Paola Miglio, food critic at El Comercio.

Event organized together with the Fundación BBVA Continental and the newspaper El Comercio

Karissa Becerra, Mónica Huerta and Virgilio Martínez in conversation with Paola Miglio

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Philippe Claudel in conversation with Pierre Ducrozet

The moral behind The Investigation

Arequipa 2018, 

Philippe Claudel is the author of works such as Grey Souls and Brodeck’s Report, books in which the writer reveals, in an atmosphere of secrecy and mystery, events from the past which determine our perception of the present. This writer, one of the most interesting French writers of the moment, has been widely commended since the beginning of his career. He is also a film director. At this event, he will talk to Pierre Ducrozet about his new book, The Investigation, in which Claudel uses fable in order to question the most absurd and alienating facet of our existence, subtly sketching out a biting criticism of contemporary society.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available.

With the support of the Embassy of France.

Philippe Claudel in conversation with Pierre Ducrozet

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Azriel Bibliowicz and Alonso Cueto in conversation with Dante Trujillo

Latest Novels

Arequipa 2018, 

Azriel Bibliowicz (Colombia) is the founder and director of the Master’s in Creative Writing at the Colombian National University, the first course of its kind in South America, and winner of the Simón BolívarNational Journalism Prize. His novel Migas de pan (2013) tells the story of a Russian Jew who survived a concentration camp during the Second World War and then experienced being kidnapped in Colombia. The extensive bibliography of Alonso Cueto (Peru) includes 16 books, translated into twenty languages. His latest work, La segunda amante del rey (2017), is a detective novel that is also a passionate love story. In conversation with Dante Trujillo.

Azriel Bibliowicz and Alonso Cueto in conversation with Dante Trujillo

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Paula Bonet, Juan Gedovius and Keco Olano in conversation with Sara Malagón

The art of illustration.

Cartagena 2019, 

These three artists narrate the world through images. Paula Bonet has approached subjects of music, feminism, cinema and literature through graphic novels, illustrations for other authors and books that combine their narrative and illustration. In 2018 she published Roedores. Cuerpo de embarazada sin embrión, a book about spontaneous abortion, with hints of the author’s personal experience. The talented Keco Olano has illustrated Satanás, the story of Campo Elías Delgado, the Vietnam veteran and sad protagonist of the Bogota tragedy of the massacre of Pozzetto. Juan Gedovius is one Mexico’s most prominent authors and illustrators; creator, among others, of the emblematic El más gigante. The art of illustration is in the best hands.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

Paula Bonet, Juan Gedovius and Keco Olano in conversation with Sara Malagón

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Christophe Galfard

The Universe in Your Hand, a visual guide to the Big Bang.

Arequipa 2018, 

Starting from Earth, those attending will discover the history of the universe: how stars and planets are born, how it is possible to calculate the distance of a far-off galaxy and how the Big Bang occurred 13,800 million years ago. Christophe Galfard (France) is a Doctor of Physics from the University of Cambridge, where he studied under Stephen Hawking. Interested in bringing science to people without specialised knowledge, he has presented television programmes and offers answers about these matters on his website. His book The Universe in Your Hand, named best science book of the year in France, condenses his efforts to explain the universe to the general public.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of SURA and the Embassy of France

Christophe Galfard

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Sergio Ocampo, Santiago Rivas and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

How to do away with Colombia and resuscitate it.

Cartagena 2019, 

The recurring problems of a country, the complexity of violence which affects everyone, the economy inserted in the volatile world context… the difficulties and defects of a country also define it. The writer and journalist Sergio Ocampo Madrid, the visual artist and TV presenter Santiago Rivas, and the lecturer and writer Carolina Sanín, three insightful experts in the country talk with Camilo Jiménez about the positive, the negative and the modifiable in contemporary Colombia.

Sergio Ocampo, Santiago Rivas and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

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Alejandro Gaviria in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

Hoy es siempre todavía.

Cartagena 2019, 

The Colombian economist, writer and engineer Alejandro Gaviria was a Minister of Health and Welfare between 2012 and 2018. his extraordinary book Hoy es siempre todavía narrates the personal history of his disease, an aggressive lymphoma which he was treated for. Gavira mixes in this essay his experience with the illness, his experiences as a minister, and establishes very inspiring links with the value of poetry and the arts for the development of human beings. In conversation with Yolanda Ruiz.

Alejandro Gaviria in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

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Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with Miguel Barreda

Arequipa 2018, 

The Swiss writer and dramatist Lukas Bärfuss has published a number of novels in several languages, including Koala (2014) and One Hundred Days (2012). One Hundred Days follows the experiences of a young Swiss aid worker in Rwanda during the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus in 1994. Koala is an examination of why the protagonist’s half-brother takes his own life. The work, set in Australia and featuring, once again, the author’s delicate, precise prose, is a continuation of the author’s concern with the brutality and visceral nature of humans in contrast with the progress and the society that surround them. In conversation with Miguel Barreda.

Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish available

Supported by Pro Helvetia