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Joumana Haddad in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2011, 
The writer Joumana Haddad is one of the Middle East’s most multi-talented authors. As well as being a poet, translator and journalist, she is one of the organisers of the IPAF literary awards (the Arabic Booker), she is literary editor of the An Nahar journal and editor of the Arabic magazine Jasad, which specialises in literature and bodily arts. Her book I Killed Scheherazade, which has now been translated into six languages, has been described by Mario Vargas Llosa as “a very courageous and illuminating book about women in the Arab world. It opens our eyes, destroys our prejudices and is also very entertaining.”

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Philip Glass in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2011, 
Philip Glass’s work is some of the must outstanding music written in the second half of the 20th century. This renowned composer and musician, linked to the minimalist and postminimalist tradition, has composed for the soundtracks of films such as Koyaanisqatsi, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal, creating operas and orchestral versions of albums such as David Bowie’s Heroes. He will talk to Peter Florence about experimental, avant-garde music for all. 

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Pablo Francisco Arrieta in conversation with David Eagleman

Information Utopia

Cartagena 2011, 
The architect Pablo Arrieta is a master of new technologies. Neuroscientist David Eagleman is a supporter of the digital project Why the Net Matters: How the Internet will Save Civilisation. They bring us up to date with the information industry of today, reflecting on the disappearance of the boundaries between the publishing, digital and media industries.

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John Paul Rathbone in conversation with Mauricio Rodríguez

The Sugar King of Havana

Cartagena 2011, 
The writer and journalist John Paul Rathbone, currently the Financial Times’ Latin America editor, presents his latest novel The Sugar King of Havana: the Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba’s Last Tycoon, highly praised by The New York Times. It tells the story of Julio Lobo, considered the richest man in pre-Castro Cuba; educated, art collector and a magician of finance, Julio Lobo helped Che Guevara to bring down the Batista dictatorship. He will talk about the exciting life of this man with Mauricio Rodríguez, Colombian ambassador to the UK, as well as giving his view as a journalist about the current situation in Latin America. 

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Miguel Ángel Bastenier, Alejandro Santos and Pablo Ordaz

What use is Literary Journalism?

Cartagena 2011, 
Literary journalism, which is exceedingly popular in the Hispanic world, is a way of writing journalism that borders on literature. It was a phenomenon that revolutionised traditional journalism, and it has had avid followers and energetic detractors from the outset. Today, three experienced journalists, representing media of considerable importance in Latin America, debate about literary journalism, whether it exists as such and the grey area between literature and journalism.

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

Cartagena 2011, 
Lydia Cacho is one of the most committed and bravest journalists around. As a specialist in matters of violence and gender, she manages a care centre for female victims of abuse in Mexico and has won prizes for her feminist activism and defence of human rights. Daniel Samper Pizano, the Colombian writer and journalist, will talk to her about her latest projects.

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Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco and Pola Oloixarac with Eduardo Rabasa

In production

Cartagena 2011, 
Three different voices from American literature, with styles as varied as those of the Colombian Jorge Franco, the Mexican Guadalupe Nettel and the Argentinian Pola Oloixarac, will tell us how they tackle writing new stories, the new novels they have in mind, what obsessions they have as writers and how they knit together new narratives in their imagination. Chaired by the editor Eduardo Rabasa.

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Fernando Gaitán, Senel Paz and David Trueba with Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón

The Script: A Universal Form

Cartagena 2011, 
Television and film are based on a kind of writing called the script, which is perhaps one of the most universal forms. What is it like? What goes into making it? Why does everyone consume it? Talking about these matters will be: the Colombian Fernando Gaitán, well known scriptwriter and soap opera and television series producer; the Cuban Senel Paz, cinema scriptwriter and author; and the multi-talented David Trueba, who has experience in all facets of film making, particularly scriptwriting and direction. Chaired by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, one of the most recognised directors of his generation, with many awards to his name.

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Pola Oloixarac, Andrés Neuman and Agustín Fernández Mallo with Mario Jursich

The Novel: A Useful Artefact

Cartagena 2011, 
The novel has not only maintained its condition as an open and iconoclastic genre, but also shows, in the work of these writers, that everything is possible in its vast territory. Participating are Pola Oloixarac, “the great revelation in new Argentinean writing” according to Ricardo Piglia and author of Las Teorías Salvajes; Andrés Neuman, winner of the Alfaguara Prize with El Viajero del Siglo; and Agustín Fernández Mallo, the Spanish writer and author of the narrative Nocilla Project trilogy. They will talk to the journalist and literary critic, Mario Jursich.

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Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Francisco Santos

Cartagena 2011, 
Shashi Tharoor is a very prolific author, as well as a journalist and human rights activist. He worked at the United Nations between 1978 and 1996, ultimately leading the team in charge of keeping the peace in the former Yugoslavia. He is currently a member of the Indian parliament. He will talk with Francisco Santos, director of RCN La Radio, about the challenges faced by India, an emerging world power. 

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Senel Paz and Hugo Chaparro

My Favourite Films

Cartagena 2011, 
Senel Paz is a scriptwriter and author of plays, stories and novels; the adaptation of his story El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo into the film Strawberry and Chocolate, brought international recognition, with both the script and the film winning a number of awards. At this event, he will talk to the Colombian writer and cinema enthusiast, Hugo Chaparro, about the films he has most enjoyed, and he will show some scenes from these.

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Miguel Syjuco in conversation with Beatriz de Moura

Cartagena 2011, 
The Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco put his small island in the spotlight of contemporary literature with his first novel, Ilustrado, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, as well as a Palanca Award, the most prestigious prize in Philippine literature. Today he will talk to the well-known editor Beatriz de Moura about this fascinating history that has captivated both the public and the critics. 

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Kjetil Bjørnstad in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

Cartagena 2011, 
Kjetil Bjørnstad is a well-known Norwegian jazz pianist, who combines his work as a musician with writing, having published more than 30 novels and poetry and essay collections. He has received the Norwegian Riksmål Prize and the French Prix des Lecteurs in 2008. He will talk about his varied career with Hugo Chaparro, with particular attention paid to his recently published book To Music. 

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Juan José Millás, one of the best known Spanish writers and journalists, will talk to the writer and contributor to El Espectador, Juan Esteban Constaín, about his literary career and, particularly, about his latest novel Lo que sé de los hombrecillos, a fable that treads a fine line between delirium and reality. There will also be mention of his recent interview with Felipe González.

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A sea of hope? Climate change and its effects on the oceans

Alanna Mitchell

Cartagena 2011, 
The Canadian journalist Alanna Mitchell is a specialist in science and the environment. Her talk will be about the effects of climate change on biodiversity in the oceans, particularly focusing on its consequences for coral reefs in the Caribbean. Alanna analyses this problem in her book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, a popular success that has also won the 2009 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Reporting.

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Owen Sheers in conversation with Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2011, 
Prize-winning poet and writer Owen Sheers is one of Britain’s most promising young writers. The Poetry Book Society has included him as one of 20 poets making up the New Generation. His first novel, Resistance, has already been translated into eight languages and a film version is to be released soon. In conversation with The Telegraph’s literary editor, Gaby Wood, he will talk about this fascinating and addictive story which plays with an alternative reality in which Great Britain has been defeated and invaded by the Nazi Army; clips from the film will be shown. 

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Felipe Fernández-Armesto

The problem of change: Why do we live in an unstable world?

Cartagena 2011, 
Change is the universal law that governs the world. However, we don’t know how to explain it. Concentrating on the problem of social and cultural change, as a historian, Felipe Fernández-Armesto will try to explain why our living systems change, why the changes are gathering speed and to what point the laws of evolution can be applied to the study of culture. He also tackles the question: if the changes are accelerating, how will we end up? Felipe Fernández-Armesto is one of the most brilliant British historians working today and author of works such as Civilizations and 1492: The Year the World Began.

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Rosa Beltrán, Óscar Casares and Hugo Chaparro with Pepa Roma

Is it possible to teach the writing of literature?

Cartagena 2011, 
Given the proliferation of workshops, courses and qualifications in creative writing, the question demands an answer. Present will be the Colombian author Hugo Chaparro, who participated on Iowa University’s International Writing Program; Óscar Casares, who is Creative Writing lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin and also a writer, whose collection of short stories Brownsville was chosen as 2004 Book of the Year by the American Library Association and whose first novel Amigoland was praised by Publishers Weekly as an “outstanding novel”; and Rosa Beltrán, the Mexican writer, who is a Doctor in Comparative Literature from California University and currently Director of Literature at UNAM university’s Cultural Dissemination Department. They will talk to Pepa Roma, Spanish journalist and author of writings such as La trastienda del escritor, an essay about the art.

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Emily Bell in conversation with María Elvira Bonilla

Online Journalism

Cartagena 2011, 
The journalist Emily Bell is the new director of Colombia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism in New York. She worked for 17 years on the British newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, leading the creation of their first electronic edition. An expert in digital media, Bell argues that this kind of journalism shares paramount values with the best of print journalism, but that it is essentially different in terms of distribution and format, and also in its relationship with readers. She talks to María Elvira Bonilla, editor of the digital magazine Kien y Ke.

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Alessandro Baricco in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2011, 
The Italian novelist and dramatist Alessandro Baricco is one of the most widely read of today’s Italian writers. However, writing is only one of his many talents: his works for theatre are also highly regarded and he is a musician, philosophy graduate, a music critic and a journalist. With the publication of his novel Silk (1996), Baricco became a worldwide literary phenomenon. He will talk to Marianne Ponsford, director of Arcadia. 

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María Jimena Duzán and Cristian Alarcón with Pablo Ordaz

The Inconvenient Truth: Journalism and Investigation

Cartagena 2011, 
María Jimena Duzán is a journalist, active in Colombia, who has recently published Mi viaje al infierno, a dramatic testimony telling of her sister’s murder by a paramilitary group. The Argentinean journalist Cristian Alarcón presents Si me querés, quereme transa, a work about the drug trade and the result of six months of arduous investigation. Both will talk to Pablo Ordaz, El País’s Mexico correspondent, about the difficulties of investigative journalism and reporting in today’s world.

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Tommy Wieringa in conversation with Malcolm Otero Barral

Cartagena 2011, 
The novel Joe Speedboat, by the Dutch author of Antillean background, Tommy Wieringa, has been translated into more than ten languages, receiving the Bordewijk Prize in the Netherlands. Tommy spent a large part of his youth in the Dutch Antilles. He has been a radio and television screenplay writer and is now one of the most high-profile Dutch authors internationally. He will talk to the editor Malcolm Otero Barral. 

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Víctor Bravo Mendoza and Fredy Gutiérrez Sahaud with Wieldler Guerra

Guajira Literature, followed by a concert by the Cerrejón Symphony Orchestra

Cartagena 2011, 
An event featuring experts in literature written in La Guajira; following this there will be a concert with the Cerrejón Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra, made up of 90 young people from the Cerrejón area and other districts of La Guajira, is much more than a musical project, offering a musical education, teamwork and excellent opportunities for its members to develop as musicians and people.

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Gary Shteyngart with David Aaronovitch

Between Communism and Capitalism: Illusions of a happy world

Cartagena 2011, 
The European wars of the 20th century were fought between two irreconcilable ways of understanding the common good; now, at the dawn of a new century, this common good continues to be an unfulfilled promise. Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and selected in 2009 by the New Yorker as one of the most outstanding writers under 40, discusses the issue with the British journalist and writer David Aaronovitch. 

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Rosa Beltrán, Julio César Londoño, Fernando Quiroz and Francisco Hinojosa with Guido Tamayo

Love, adultery and other truths

Cartagena 2011, 
Emotional relationships, their misunderstandings and certainties, infidelity, the search for pleasure, falling in love and out of it, etc. will be matters for discussion by our guests. With investigator and writer Rosa Beltrán; Julio César Londoño, whose latest work, ¿Por qué es negra la noche?, deals with geniuses, the body, sex and words; the writer Fernando Quiroz, whose most recent novel is Como un bolero, and the writer Francisco Hinojosa, who tells the stories he loves to both children and adults. Chaired by the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

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