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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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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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Cured. Lol Tolhurst in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2019, 

Lol Tolhurst was a founding member, drummer and keyboard player with the British band The Cure, with which he played until 1989. His new book, Cured (2018), tells of his experiences and memories, along with his friendship with the group’s co-founder Robert Smith, the band’s early days in the town of Crawley, their first successes in London, excess, loss, illness, reflection and healing. He will talk to Mariana H.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of British Council

Cured. Lol Tolhurst in conversation with Mariana H

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Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Laura García

Querétaro 2019, 

Wolfram Eilenberger (Germany) is a philosopher, journalist and writer. His passion is applying philosophical ideas to everyday life, whether in politics, culture or sport. He is also the founding editor of Philosophie Magazine. 2019 sees the publication of Zeit der Zauberer: Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919–1929 (The Age of Magicians: Philosophy’s Greatest Decade), the story of how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy and changed our way of understanding the world. The book explores the work of the philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. Eilenberger traces connections not only between the ways of life and revolutionary thought of these four philosophers, but also between philosophy and science, art, literature and architecture. In conversation with Laura García.

Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish available

With the support of the Goethe-Institut

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Laura García

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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

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The southern borders. Jacobo García, Óscar Martínez and Elena Reina in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson

Querétaro 2019, 

Mexico’s southern border: the Central American triangle. These are lively borders with customs, migratory controls, transit of people and constant commercial activity, both legal and illicit. The journalists Jacobo García (El País), Óscar Martínez (El Faro) and Elena Reina (El País), together with a team of reporters and photographers from both media organizations, have undertaken the task of telling the story of these regions, of mapping and making visible the stories of the people who live there. In conversation with Jon Lee Anderson.

Event organized with the support of El País

The southern borders. Jacobo García, Óscar Martínez and Elena Reina in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson

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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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Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Gaby Wood

Querétaro 2019, 

The award-winning Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje is the author of more than ten poetry books and seven novels, including The English Patient (1992), winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize and made into a film in 1996, an adaptation that won nine Oscars, including Best Film. In Warlight (2018), Ondaatje tells the story of Nathaniel, a fourteen-year old boy, and his older sister Rachel, who move with their parents to Singapore in 1945, fleeing a London in ruins. The young people are in the custody of people of doubtful origin and are immersed in strange situations that eventually become clear over the following 12 years. In conversation with the journalist Gaby Wood.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Booker Prize, the British Council and Wom@rts

Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Gaby Wood

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Eva Baltasar and Alejandra Costamagna in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

Querétaro 2019, 

Permafrost (2018), by Spanish author Eva Baltasar, tells the story of a young woman who lives between disillusionment with the superficiality of modern life, bordering on suicidal thoughts, and an uninhibited surrender to sensual pleasures: sex, literature and art. In Alejandra Costamagna's En El sistema del tacto ('The Touch System', Chile, 2018), the protagonist, Ania, travels to the other side of the Andes mountain range to visit a dying relative. In addition to the theme of encounters with family and the past, the novel explores ideas such as dispossession and belonging. They talk with Guillermo Núñez.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española

Eva Baltasar and Alejandra Costamagna in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

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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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#booktuber. Claudia Ramírez Lomelí in conversation with Miguel Ángel Ángeles

Querétaro 2019, 

After five years exploring literature on her YouTube channel Clau Reads Books, the booktuber Claudia Ramírez Lomelí debuts as a novelist with El príncipe del Sol (2018). A fantasy novel in which the winds of war are threatening the Nation of the Sun and the Kingdom of the Moon, which for centuries have lived in peace. Emil, the Sun prince, together with his best friend Elyon, must start a journey through Fenrai, to find his mother and restore the peace. Many dangers await him on the way. Claudia Ramírez Lomelí speaks to Miguel Ángel Ángeles.

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#booktuber. Claudia Ramírez Lomelí in conversation with Miguel Ángel Ángeles

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Diego Luna in conversation with Gaby Wood

Querétaro 2019, 

With three decades of experience as an actor and, more recently, as a film, theatre and television director, Diego Luna is one of Mexico’s most high-profile stars. He started acting in some scenes of the soap opera El abuelo y yo with his best friend, Gael García Bernal, with whom he acted in the film that made his name Y tu mamá también (2001), directed by Alfonso Cuarón. In 2002 he moved to Hollywood, working thereafter with actors such as Salma Hayek, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn and Penélope Cruz; his eclectic career has included films ranging from The Terminal (2004) to Star Wars: Rogue One (2016). He is currently starring in the series Narcos: México. After five years in Los Angeles, in 2013 he returned to Mexico and, as well as participating in national productions, he has been involved in causes fighting injustice in the country, such as the recently presented El Día Después initiative. Luna will talk to Gaby Wood.

With the support of the British Council and Wom@rts

Diego Luna in conversation with Gaby Wood

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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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Poets. Leire Bilbao, Alys Conran, Juan Carlos Franco and Isabel Zapata in conversation with Eduardo de la Garma

Querétaro 2019, 

Leire Bilbao (Spain) is a Basque writer of children’s literature and poetry. Her latest poetry book, Entre escamas (2019), has been published in a bilingual Spanish-Basque edition. Some of her poems have been translated into English, Romanian, Latvian, Czech, Swedish, Mandarin and Galician. The award-winning writer Alys Conran (United Kingdom) is the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Hay Festival 2019-20 / Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019-20. She has published the novels Pigeon (2016) and Dignity (2019), as well as a body of poetic work. Juan Carlos Franco (Mexico) is a writer, dramatist and essayist. He was a fellow at the Foundation of Mexican Letters (2017–2018). He has published several works, some of which blur the lines between theatre, poetry and fiction, such as Soñé una ciudad amurallada and Trilogía del reino. Isabel Zapata (Mexico) has a Politics degree, is the founder of Antílope publishers and is the author of the non-fiction work Alberca vacía (2019), the poetry collection Las noches son así (2018) and the recent poetry book Una ballena es un país (2019). They talk to Eduardo de la Garma.

 

Poets. Leire Bilbao, Alys Conran, Juan Carlos Franco and Isabel Zapata in conversation with Eduardo de la Garma

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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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Pictoline. With Eduardo Salles in conversation with Javier Risco

Querétaro 2019, 

At a moment when it is as relevant to talk about our times as “the era of information” as “the era of the image”, it is no surprise that a platform such as Pictoline has experienced massive success on the Internet since its creation in 2015. With its current affairs-related cartoons, known as “bacons”, Pictoline creates and publishes pieces of content that are interesting, entertaining, informative, educational and, above all, in correspondence with contemporary events. Eduardo Salles, the creator of this digital space dedicated to visual news, will talk about the rise of Pictoline. In conversation with Javier Risco.

Pictoline. With Eduardo Salles in conversation with Javier Risco

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Yuri Herrera in conversation with Javier Lafuente

Querétaro 2019, 

El incendio de la mina El Bordo (2018) is the most recent book by the writer, publisher and university lecturer Yuri Herrera. In this book, the author carefully reconstructs the story that began on 10th March 1920, when a mine in Hidalgo was evacuated because of a fire; the authorities – doctors and representatives of the mining company – stated that ten people had died. After a week, the mine was opened again, revealing 87 bodies and 10 survivors. Yuri Herrera will talk to journalist Javier Lafuente about investigating an event that occurred almost a hundred years ago, but which has a striking contemporary relevance. 

Yuri Herrera in conversation with Javier Lafuente

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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