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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, Patricia Lara and Laura Restrepo in conversation with Marta Orrantia

Comings and goings of a left-wing militant.

Cartagena 2019, 

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.

Diamela Eltit, Patricia Lara and Laura Restrepo in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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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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Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez and Julio Olaciregui in conversation with Rosalba Tejeda Mendoza. Orillas Mandarache.

Cartagena 2019, 

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 

Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez and Julio Olaciregui in conversation with Rosalba Tejeda Mendoza. Orillas Mandarache.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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