The award-winning British journalist, Luke Harding, will talk about his recent book Collusion, in which he reveals the turbulent story of the close relations between the Trump administration and Moscow, and the political game that Russia has been playing for decades to destabilize US democracy. The special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, has already presented accusations against a number of those who feature in this supposed conspiracy, on the US side, including the head of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort, and it is quite likely that this trend will continue as the crisis comes to a head within the executive of the US president.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Simultaneos translation from English to Spanish available<
The French writer Pierre Ducrozet will talk about the startling life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the protagonist of his biographical novel, Eroica (2015). Basquiat, one of the most idiosyncratic and famous artists of the second half of the 20th-century, grew up in the 1960s and 70s in New York, his father being Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent. He started painting in the streets and soon he was completing canvases filled with a rich range of references, including Abstract Expressionism and Primitivism. This friend of Andy Warhol died after an overdose at the early age of 27. Ducrozet will look at the life of one of the most fascinating artists of the last century.
With the support of the Embassy of France
Alejandro Palomas (Spain) is the author of outstanding works including El alma del mundo and El secreto de los Hoffman, and of the trilogy Una madre, Un hijo and Un perro. He recently won the 2018 Nadal Novel Prize for his latest work, Un amor, about the small but complicated universe of a family in which the emotions and actions of the characters are rules by the arbitrary events of fate. In this way, Palomas takes the reader into the wonderful family made up of Amalia and her three children, in a constant rollercoaster of occurrences. At this event he will talk about his work with Clara Elvira Ospina.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española.
Hundreds of millions of people were watching the world’s largest country this year. At this event, three Peruvians will tell us how they experienced the Russia World Cup. Writer and radio, television and press journalist Renato Cisneros, Alberto Vergara and José Carlos Yrigoyen will be in conversation with the Style Editor of El Comercio, Jaime Bedoya.
Event organized together with the Fundación BBVA Continental and the newspaper El Comercio
The Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos project aims to boost knowledge and exchange among writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of varied origins. The project consists of an established author mentoring a younger one from the other side of the Atlantic. In this case, Alonso Cueto (Peru) has selected Aroa Moreno (Spain), author of the book La hija del comunista. This is a dialogue that builds bridges across generations and between countries, with a single literary tradition, the Spanish-speaking one, that acts as a shared language.
With the support of AECID
Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of Colombia’s most international writers. He won the 2011 Alfaguara Prize and the 2014 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel The Sound of Things Falling (2011). His latest novel, The Shape of the Ruins, is an incursion into autofiction, in a historical novel featuring a writer character called Juan Gabriel Vásquez. The Spanish author Manuel Vilas has just published Ordesa, one of the books of the year in Spain, which makes reference to the genre of autofiction and is a fragmentary reconstruction of the memories and history of his parents, after the death of both. They will talk to the writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española
With the support of Acción Cultural Española
César Pagano is an award-winning writer, journalist, researcher, melomaniac and lover of Cuba, which he has visited 42 times. He has been a founder of the famous bar El Goce Pagano in Bogotá, radio presenter for over a quarter of a century of the radio show Conversación en tiempo de bolero and has written for magazines such as Semana, Cromos and Soho, and the newspapers El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano, El Heraldo, El País y El Universal. In his latest book, El imperio de la salsa. Crónicas Paganas: Historia, entrevistas y semblanzas de salseros famosos, some of the greatest stars of salsa appear: Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón and the brothers Palmieri, among many others. In conversation with Juan Gossaín, César Pagano delves into the world of music.
Ahora me rindo y eso es todo is the awaited new work from the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue, Premio Herralde de Novela in 2013 with Sudden death. Enrigue develops the narrative using the border between the US and Mexico as an starting point, with a family trip and writing as a form of constructing spaces and landscapes. Talks with Xavi Ayén.
Based on a true crime, Laura Restrepo builds Los Divinos, a fictional novel that reveals the brilliant and ostentatious world of the Tutti Frutti, five successful upper class professionals, bound since childhood by an unbreakable pact of friendship. Throughout their lives and their relationships with different women, the ground is laid for the brutal femicide that one of them is going to commit. Both the characters and the situations narrated here are the product of imagination, but the tragedy of the victim is brutally real. The author will talk about this work with the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez.
The author Dylan Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and will be visiting all our festivals around the world for 12 months. With numbers that have broken the records of numbers of displaced people around the world, Dylan Moore reflects upon the tension between the ideas of “foreignness” and “belonging” in the way we build our identity.
In English, with simultaneous translation into Spanish
With the support of Arts Council of Wales
Two authors from the old continent talk about literature. Antonella Lattanzi (Italy) is a novelist and television and film screenplay writer; her latest book, Una storia nera, is a mystery story that challenges classical formulas of narratives of suspense and also deals with the matter of gender violence. The writer, publisher and literary critic Joanna Walsh (United Kingdom) has published seven books, runs the @read_women project and dedicates her efforts to disseminating and promoting the work of women writers. They will talk to Ingrid Bejerman.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.
With the support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, British Council and Blue Met Festival
Jean-Luc Godard made Anna Karina his muse and his lover; Grace Kelly left cinema to be a princess. El material de los sueños: Historias del cine y del espectáculo explores these frictions between reality and fiction, often with diffuse and incommensurable repercussions in both spheres. Santiago Roncagliolo, writer and journalist, will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about how art and spectacle are not only resources that we use to convince us that the world is more beautiful, more exciting and more intense than reality, but that they often invade life itself and mould it as they pass.
Carlos Magdalena is one of the most reputable botanists in the UK and the resuscitator of species of plants that have been forgotten. This Spanish botanist has travelled the world rescuing plants in danger of extinction and for that reason he is known as the “Plant Messiah” in the UK. In 2017 he published his book The Plant Messiah, where he talks about his work and his passion for rescuing forgotten flora. In conversation with Brigitte Baptiste.
Supported by Esenttia
Natia Morales published in 2017 Bajo el fuego del Caribe Colombiano: Cuatro poetas afrocartageneras, the bilingual anthology showcasing the work of four poets in the city. The female poetic language is perceptively explored by Nadia Morales, who alternates between writing in Spanish and French.
Journalist, writer, rounder of the magazine Alternativa and former director of El Tiempo, Enrique Santos Calderón published in 2018 his memoir, El país que me tocó. From his childhood memories, through to the terror of drug-related violence, to his first-hand perspective on the Peace Process during the government of his brother, Juan Manuel Santos, the author narrates his life through all the social and political transformations the country has seen in the past seven decades. He will be in conversation with the journalist and writer Héctor Abad Faciolince.
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.
With simultaneous translation from English into Spanish
With the support of British Council and Wom@rts
Diamela Eltit (Chile) began publishing her work in a society subjected to censorship. As a performance of resistance against the regime of Pinochet, Eltit read an extract of Lumpérica, her first novel in a brothel, reprinted in Colombia in 2018. Patricia Lara (Colombia) dedicated herself to journalism and fiction in a country where violence became the main topic of inspiration for intellectuals; in 2015 she published Las mujeres en la guerra, a collection of reportage on 10 women who were immersed in the internal conflict in Colombia, and in 2018 Adiós a la guerra. Una historia breve de los conflictos en Colombia, which summarizes in simple words the very long struggle experienced in the country. The writer Laura Restrepo (Colombia) worked in the Peace Commission negotiating between the government of Belisario Betancur and the M-19 in the 80s. She lived for five years in exile when the written testimony of these experiences, Historia de un entusiasmo, caused her to receive death threats. These women will be in conversation with Marta Orrantia on how they have used writing as a tool of dissent.
The gastronomy, cuisine and Gastronomy, cuisine and food culture configure the imaginaries of a region with climatic and geographic similarities, such as the Afro-Caribbean, beyond concrete frontiers established between Colombia and Venezuela. Rafael Cartay (Venezuela), a theorist of Venezuelan gastronomy and author of the book La despensa de la cocina afrocaribeña and Leonor Espinosa (Colombia), a chef awarded with the Basque Culinary World Prize 2017, for helping indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities to empower their gastronomic traditions as a social and economic motor, will converse with the Colombian editor Mario Jursich on the relationship between identity, land and gastronomy.
This talk is possible thanks to the support from Fundación Bat, Fundación Bigott and Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI)
The Mandarache Award and Leer El Caribe project have something in common: they are both projects that aim to promote reading and they attract thousands of students and teachers every year in the two twinned towns of Cartagena -in Colombia and Spain- to focus on the work of contemporary writers. On this occasion Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez (El baile de madame Kalalú, Mandarache) and Julio Olaciregui (Leer El Caribe) will discuss their work and the importance of reading with Rosalba Tejeda Mendoza. They will have an open dialogue with the audience and the students that have taken part in both projects through the initiative Orillas Mandarache.
Support from Acción Cultural Española
In her latest book, the politologist and columnist of Semana María Jimena Duzán allows us a glimpse of what is on the negotiation tables at Havana, offers a diagnosis of the level of polarization the country arrived to with the signature of the treaties of peace and rebuilds the path that carried Juan Manuel Santos to receive the Nobel Prize. In conversation with the chronicler Sergio Ocampo Madrid, Duzán will speak about Santos: Paradojas de la paz y del poder.
Tamara Kamenszain is an award-winning Argentinian poet and essayist who has published some twenty books. In her poetry collection El eco de mi madre, the author writes about the illness of Alzheimer and the death of the woman who gave life to her. In Mientras arden los sueños, by renown Peruvian writer Fernando Ampuero, the author shares twenty six short stories selected from his extensive works, including two unpublished stories, organized in reference to subjects such as intimacy, travel, the noir tradition or fantasy stories.
Eugenio García was the creative director of the campaign which, with all the strength placed on a single word, managed to change the history of a country and mark a milestone in opposition to the dictatorships in Latin America: the “NO” against Augusto Pinochet in Chile. He will talk about Chile’s national referendum in 1988, followed by the projection of the film that narrates the process, directed by Pedro Larraín and starring Gael García Bernal: No.
With the support of Wom@rts
The Spanish artist Paula Bonet explores in her work the music, literature, film and visual arts through poetry and prose, the written word and illustrated image. She has published graphic novels, non-fiction books, poetry and song books, has collaborated with other authors illustrating their books and has illustrated her own work. Her most recent work is Roedores: Cuerpo de embarazada sin embrión, a book that lays bare the subject of miscarriage, with references to the personal experience of the artist. She will be in conversation with Tatiana Andrade.
Supported by Acción Cultural Española
Alekos calls himself “the seventrades”: musician, short story writer, storyteller, sculptor, composer, writer and illustrator. He is a creator with no barrier who addresses his work to children, still carrying with him the spark of childhood. Aurélie Neyret, from France, has illustrated books such as the series Los diarios de Cereza. They will talk about the art of illustration with the editor Álvaro Lasso.
With translation from French into Spanish
With the support of the Embassy of Peru