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Manuel Vilas in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Hispano-American dialogues.

Cartagena 2019, 

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, Manuel Vilas (España) will select Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), author of Un Mundo Huérfano. 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.

Supported by AECID

Manuel Vilas in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

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Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Dylan Moore

The American Dream.

Cartagena 2019, 

Sarah Churchwell is professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London. In her latest book, Behold, America: A history of America First and the American Dream the author approaches two terms that are historically and symbolically loaded for the United States, Latin America and the rest of the world: the “American dream” and “America first”. The origin of these terms, one of them rooted in ideals of progress and equality during times of prosperity and optimism, and the other, a phrase coined by the Ku Klux Klan in their extermination campaign, as well as their shift in meaning based on the current campaign of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, constitute the guiding thread of this text. In conversation with Dylan Moore, here is the United States of America today. Event presented by Catherine Eccles, representing the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Co-organised with The Eccles Centre for American Studies

Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Dylan Moore

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Moisés Naím in conversation with Pilar Reyes

Cartagena 2019, 

Dos espías en Caracas is an espionage novel interweaved with a love story, disrupted by the passions and betrayals of a revolution. This is a work of fiction, but the story is fed by more than two decades of research, as well as Moisés Naím’s direct access to the best informed sources on what occurred in the Venezuela of Hugo Chávez and the mechanics, details and furtive acts of populism. In conversation with the editor Pilar Reyes.

Moisés Naím in conversation with Pilar Reyes

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José Ignacio Latorre in conversation with Mariana Camacho

The quantum era.

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. He will talk about these issues with Mariana Camacho.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

José Ignacio Latorre in conversation with Mariana Camacho

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Jorge Franco and Sergio Ocampo in conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía

New books.

Cartagena 2019, 

Two very different new novels. Jorge Franco created the unforgettable anti-heroine of Colombian fiction Rosario Tijeras, a woman who incarnates the relationship with violence that so many Colombians encounter, direct or indirectly. In 2018, in El cielo a tiros, she portrays Larry, the son of a powerful drug trafficker who returns to the country 12 years after the disappearance of his father. In his book Es mejor no preguntar, Sergio Ocampo tells a love story which is the incarnation of Romeo and Juliet, with the touches of this century in which love is disposable. Love in the times when screens, chats and social media have sieged emotional relationships. In conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía.

Jorge Franco and Sergio Ocampo in conversation with Esteban Carlos Mejía

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Ángela Posada Swafford in conversation with Ana Maria Cano

Cartagena 2019, 

Ángela Posada Swafford has been writing for 30 years for non-specialist audiences on subjects of science, among many others, astronomy, astronautics, paleontology, geology, oceanography, genetics, the environment, biodiversity, evolution, archaeology and astrophysics. A member of the First Colombian Scientific Expedition to the Antarctic, she will talk with Ana Maria Cano about her latest book Hielo: bitácora de una expedicionaria antártica, which collects her six expeditions to the Antarctic continent as a scientific journalist. It is a book-diary filled with photos and objects collected in the Antarctic, isolated moments of philosophical, scientific, environmental, historical and geopolitical reflections; the invisible threads that join the Antarctic with Colombia and the tropics; and our relationship as humans with this continent which is capable of creating obsessions and has in its ice caps the answer to our future.

With the support of Banco de la República

Ángela Posada Swafford in conversation with Ana Maria Cano

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Mónica Giraldo, Joselo Rangel, David Sánchez and Totó la Momposina in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Playlists of our life.

Cartagena 2019, 

There are melodies that evoke moments – songs that become the soundtrack of our life. Mónica Giraldo, a songrwriter and singer nominated for the Latin Grammy awards, who studied at the Universidad de los Andes and the Berklee College of Music in Boston; Joselo Rangel, guitarist of the Mexican band Café Tacvba; David Sánchez, Puerto Rican saxophonist and winner of the Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album; and Totó la Momposina, singer-songwriter of cumbia, bullerengue and fusion with more than half a century of trajectory. These artists talk about their personal playlists with Camilo Hoyos.

Mónica Giraldo, Joselo Rangel, David Sánchez and Totó la Momposina in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

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Pedro Baños in conversation with Andrea Bernal

Power and geopolitics.

Cartagena 2019, 

Así se domina el mundo: Desvelando las claves del poder mundial, by Pedro Baños, is an unmissable work for those who want a readable introduction to the intricacies of geopolitics. The colonel and expert strategist Pedro Baños draws us into the mysteries of the games of domination between countries and shows us the keys and tricks of world power through numerous revealing examples that will make us change our perspective on how the balances of power work between countries and regions. He will be in conversation with Andrea Bernal about his own experience as a security consultant for different European organizations and about the concrete cases analyzed in his book, as well as in its second part: El dominio mundial. Elementos del poder y claves geopolíticas.

Pedro Baños in conversation with Andrea Bernal

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Diamela Eltit in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2019, 

The Chilean writer Diamela Eltit is the winner of the National Literature Prize 2018, the maximum literary award in Chile. In 1983 she published her first novel, Lumpérica, a work that marked a landmark in of resistence as it was created within the context of Pinochet’s dictatorship, when censorship reigned with rigor in all its expressions. In her last book, Sumar, the author narrates the tragedy of capitalist exploitation and what it means for street vendors and many other citizens. In conversation with the writer Giuseppe Caputo.


Diamela Eltit in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

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Joselo Rangel in conversation with Mario Jursich

Literature and music

Cartagena 2019, 

Music and literature go hand in hand in the work of Joselo Rangel (Mexico), member and guitarist of the legendary rock band Café Tacvba, whose songs are in Spanish. Author of the short story collection One Hit Wonder and an astute chronicler, Joselo will talk with Mario Jursich about his double life as a rockstar and writer.

Supported by Cinecolombia

Joselo Rangel in conversation with Mario Jursich

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Rawi Hage and Pablo Montoya in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2019, 

At age 18, Rawi Hage emigrated from his native Lebanon to New York, where he lived for six years before moving to Montreal, Canada. There he published his first book, De Niro's Game, an instant success. In his latest novel, Beirut Hellfire Society, Hage situates the reader in the Lebanon of the 70s, in the throes a civil war. There, a young man is called to be a member of an antireligious sect that is in charge of giving a dignified burial to all of those rejected by the regime: homosexuals, atheists and marginals. Oscillating between tragedy and comedy, the book pushes towards the contemplation of what living a war is. Pablo Montoya tells a story about the Tunja of the 80s in his book La escuela de música. With the works of Beethoven, Berlioz and Theodorakis as melodies that emanate from the pages, Montoya builds a novel with autobiographical shades on how music students that lived during a time in which violence in the heart of Colombia was inescapable. They will be in conversation with Camilo Hoyos.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Rawi Hage and Pablo Montoya in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

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Boris Izaguirre in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2019, 

Tiempo de tormentas is the autobiographic novel of Boris Izaguirre (Venezuela), whose story transpires between one of his earliest memories, the earthquake of Caracas in 1967, when he was two years old, to the death of his mother, the renown ballerina Belén Lobo. His family life, homosexuality, political situation of Venezuela, his relationship with sports and art, love, his life in Spain and the importance of the painting that hung for years in his family home, Tiempo de tormentas, are subjects explored in the most recent work of the author. He will be in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

Boris Izaguirre in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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Piedad Bonnett in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

Cartagena 2019, 

After her overwhelmingly intimate testimony of the loss of her son in Lo que no tiene nombre, in Donde nadie me espere, Piedad Bonnett delves into the life of a man who has lost everything: his mother, his twin sister and his path. The story unravels in fleeing marginality and sollitude. Piedad Bonnet will talk with Ana Cristina Restrepo about the reality of those who do not have anyone to go back to.

Piedad Bonnett in conversation with Ana Cristina Restrepo

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With William Márquez and Juan Carlos Pérez

Myths and realities of digital journalism: the experience of BBC Mundo.

Cartagena 2019, 

How much has journalism really changed in the 21st century? How much of a slave is it to social media? How long can stories published online be? And videos? With over 20 million unique users a month, BBC Mundo is one of the most successful news websites in the Spanish-speaking world. In this workshop, editors William Márquez and Juan Carlos Pérez will talk about how they work and will answer your questions.

With William Márquez and Juan Carlos Pérez

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Xavi Ayén in conversation with Santiago Gamboa

Those boom years.

Cartagena 2019, 

Xavi Ayén (Spain) is a journalist and writer who works for the newspaper La Vanguardia of Barcelona. He has interviewed 23 Nobel Literature Prizes around the world. In 2014 he published Aquellos años del boom: García Márquez, Vargas Llosa y el grupo de amigos que lo cambiaron todo, a book that travels to the sixties and seventies, when García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar and José Donoso, by the hand of literary agent Carmen Balcells, revolutionized the history of literature in the West, capturing for the first time massive attention on Latin America. The book has just been republished with new material taken from “those things you’re only allowed to tell after I’m dead”, according to when Balcells told him, and new trips around Colombia, where he has interviewed the siblings and other relatives of García Márquez. Revelations that affect the punch that distanced García Márquez from Vargas Llosa, the illnesses that Gabo or Cortázar suffered in the last years of their lives, and the manoeuvres and shadow sides of the awards and publishing contracts. He will be in conversation with Santiago Gamboa.

Xavi Ayén in conversation with Santiago Gamboa

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Maria do Rosário Pedreira and Enrique Redel in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

Bibliodiversity.

Cartagena 2019, 

How is publishing carried out, here and now? The participants of this talk are in charge of looking after a kingdom of different species of verse and prose, sometimes, never read before. Maria do Rosário Pedreira, editor of Leya, and Enrique Redel, editor of Impedimenta, navigate through the river of letters and scale mountains of meaning. In conversation with Álvaro Lasso.

With the support of the Embassy of Portugal and the Embassy of Peru

Maria do Rosário Pedreira and Enrique Redel in conversation with Álvaro Lasso

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Michael Pollan, Rosie Boycott and Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure

Food and climate change.

Cartagena 2019, 

How can the world change its systems of food production so that they are self-sustainable and healthy both for the planet and for people? Brigitte Baptiste, director of the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, is a Colombian biologist specializing in biodiversity and the environment. Rosie Boycott is a British author and journalist who has written books such as Spotted pigs & Green tomatoes y Our farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding, where she reflects on the environments and food production. Michael Pollan, considered by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in 2010, has published numerous best sellers on food, among them The Omnivore Dilemma, Food Rules and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, a work that Netflix turned into a successful documentary series. They will be in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure about cooking and food nowadays and the long path towards the current situation.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Coosalud

Michael Pollan, Rosie Boycott and Brigitte Baptiste in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure

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Sandrone Dazieri in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2019, 

The acclaimed novelist and screenwriter has published over 15 books, including La cura del Gorilla (2001), which inspired the film of the same name (known as The Bodyguard’s Cure in English) and Uccidi il padre (2014), the first part of a series featuring the detectives Colomba and Dante. In the second book of the saga, L’Angelo (2017), a high-speed train arrives in Rome from Milan, and in it are the bodies of all the first-class passengers. The detective in charge of investigating the massacre, Colomba Caselli, seeks the help of her former colleague, Dante Torre, to get to the bottom of the case. Apparently this is the result of an act of terrorism, but Colomba suspects that there is something else going on. Sandrone Dazieri talks to Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

With the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Sandrone Dazieri in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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Luis Felipe Fabre in conversation with Yael Weiss

Querétaro 2019, 

Luis Felipe Fabre is one of Latin America's most innovative poets and essayists. Declaración de las canciones oscuras is his first and very original novel, in which he narrates the unbelivable story of the exhumation of San Juan de la Cruz's body, the ecstatic fervor that it created, and the mad pilgrimage led by a sheriff and his two helpers to move the body from the Ubeda monastery to Segovia. Fabre has managed to perfectly capture both the language and the mentality of the period in which the book is set, whilst turning the story into a kind of mythology, as if it were a re-enactment of the mystical verses of the friar himself. In conversation with Yael Weiss.

Luis Felipe Fabre in conversation with Yael Weiss

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Indigenous World Views. Yásnaya Elena Aguilar and Carleigh Baker in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Querétaro 2019, 

An Ayuujk linguist and a Canadian writer tell the stories of First Nation peoples. Yásnaya Elena Aguilar has a Master’s in Linguistics from UNAM and writes in Mixe, Spanish and English, while also working on projects for the preservation of the Mixe languages. Carleigh Baker is an award-winning nêhiyaw âpihtawikosisân /icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwu7mesh, and səl̓ilwəta peoples. She writes reviews for the Globe and Mail and the Literary Review of Canada. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (2017). She is currently a writer in residence at Simon Fraser University. They will talk to the journalist, researcher and university lecturer Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Blue Metropolis Festival

 

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El País Platform. Juan Manuel Santos in conversation with Javier Moreno

Querétaro 2019, 

Juan Manuel Santos was the President of Colombia between 2010 and 2018, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 “for his determined efforts to bring an end to the civil war; a war that has lasted over 50 years, cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and caused the displacement of around six million inhabitants.” Ex-president Santos speaks about this road taken during his presidency in his new book, La batalla por la paz (2019). He will talk to the El País América editor, Javier Moreno.

El País Platform. Juan Manuel Santos in conversation with Javier Moreno

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Walking one step at a time. Erling Kagge in conversation with Yael Weiss

Querétaro 2019, 

Norwegian Erling Kagge is the first person in history to have reached the three most remote places on the planet: the North Pole, the South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest. After reflecting on the value of quiet in Silence in the Age of Noise, this explorer, lawyer, art collector, publisher and writer pays homage to the act of walking in his most recent book: Walking; One Step At a Time (2019). In conversation with Mexican journalist and writer Yael Weiss, Kagge will talk about the adventures that have formed him and about the pleasures of exploring.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of NORLA

Walking one step at a time. Erling Kagge in conversation with Yael Weiss

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America First. Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Peter Florence

Querétaro 2019, 

Sarah Churchwell is the Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London. Her latest book Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream (2019) covers two terms that are historically and symbolically loaded for the United States, Latin America and the rest of the world. The origins of the “American dream”, with its connotations of progress and equality in times of prosperity and optimism, and “America first”, coined by the Ku Klux Klan and now brought alive again by the American president, Donald Trump, constitute the narrative thread of this work. Sarah Churchwell is the recipient of an Eccles Writer’s Award.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Event sponsored by the Eccles Foundation

America First. Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Peter Florence

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Bernardo Esquinca in conversation with Antonio Cabadas

Querétaro 2019, 

The Mexican novelist and journalist Bernardo Esquinca is an outstanding exponent of what has recently become known as “weird fiction”, which combines elements of the detective, fantasy and horror genres. After works such as Belleza roja (chosen as Best First Novel by the newspaper Reforma in 2005) and four instalments of the Casasola saga, he presents Las increíbles aventuras del asombroso Edgar Allan Poe (2018), a novel that tells of the experiences and introspection of the young Allan Poe. Trying his luck in 19th-century New York, the man who would become one of the pioneers of horror writing confronts marvels and mysteries, including the disappearance of the beautiful Cordelia, the daughter of a freak show impresario. He talks to Antonio Cabadas.

Bernardo Esquinca in conversation with Antonio Cabadas

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Bordes. Liliana Blum and Karina Pacheco in conversation with Paula Canal

Querétaro 2019, 

Bordes is a new series put together by the publishing house Planeta to present some of the most outstanding novels in contemporary Latin American literatureLiliana Blum (Mexico) is the author of the novels Pandora and Residuos del espanto, and of seven books of short stories. Her book in the Bordes collection is El monstruo pentápodo, a novel about the good citizen Raymundo Betancourt, who is kind and caring, responsible and exemplary, and also a fearsome kidnapper of little girls. Karina Pacheco (Peru) has a doctorate in American Anthropology and is an expert on inequality, cooperation and development. She has published six novels and several books of short stories, the latest being Lluvia (2018), included in the Bordes seriesThe stories of this collection, which fall somewhere between realism and fantasy, tell of the horrors of war and violence with the same honesty with which they describe the innocence of childhood. Liliana Blum and Karina Pacheco talk to Paula Canal. 

Bordes. Liliana Blum and Karina Pacheco in conversation with Paula Canal