Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event 12-Fr

Amin Maalouf in conversation with Guillermo Altares (French version)

 Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage

Amin Maalouf (Lebanon/France) is considered to be one of the most outstanding writers of French letters, and has won awards such as the Goncourt Novel Prize (1993) and the Prince of Asturias Literature Award (2010). His works include Le naufrage des civilisations, Leo Africanus and In the Name of Identity. At this event he will talk about Nos frères inattendus (2020), a novel about the experiences of Alec, an artist, and Eve, a successful writer, who live on a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean. One day, the total failure of all means of communication indicates that the outside world has experienced an extraordinary and inexplicable transformation. This is a powerful parable for understanding the dilemma of our civilization and its uncertainty about the future. In conversation with the El País journalist, Guillermo Altares.

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Event 46

Leonardo Padura in conversation with Juan Diego Quesada

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)
Considered to be a major figure in the renewal of the detective genre in the Spanish language, Leonardo Padura (Cuba) will present the tenth novel featuring his well-known character, the detective Mario Conde. The murder of a former Cuban official at a critical moment in the country, the time of Barack Obama’s visit in 2016, is the starting point of an adventure with political bite, one that deals with social degradation, when decency is a virtue that few can allow themselves, when the aim is to survive. The Cuban writer will talk about his latest book, Personas decentes, a book that is another memorable critique of the reality of Cuban society. In conversation with Juan Diego Quesada.
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Event 13

Ken Loach and Isabella Lorusso in conversation with Diego Rabasa (Spanish version)

Fighting Women

 Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage

Fighting Women is a compilation of interviews of Spanish women who took part in the civil war. Some took up arms and fought at the front, others participated in organizations such as POUM, Mujeres Libres or other anarchist groups. All of them fought against the nationalist forces and for women’s emancipation, and together they achieved social progress such as free, legal abortion. They started a revolution, and to do so they not only had to fight fascism, but sometimes also their own brothers-in-arms. The great impact of these testimonies invites us to reflect on a struggle that belongs to another time and yet is relevant today. Diego Rabasa (Mexico) talks to the film director Ken Loach (United Kingdom) and Isabella Lorusso (Italy), about this extraordinary message of rebellion and justice.

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Event 51

Rachel Cusk in conversation with Margarita Valencia

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)

The works of Canadian-British author Rachel Cusk have been published in over thirty languages. She is the author of works of fiction such as the iconic Outline trilogy (including the novels Outline, Transit and Kudos) and, most recently, Second Place, a story about bonds, the contradictions of motherhood, art, ageing, failure and the place of women, always determined by others. She has also published well-received non-fiction books, such as Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation and A Life's Work. Her work is critically acclaimed and popular around the world. Cusk has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards such as the Whitbread in the UK and the Prix Femina Etranger in France in 2022. The author will talk to Margarita Valencia.

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Event 56

Juanes and Diego Londoño in conversation with Juan Esteban Lewin Pinzón

El País América event

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)

The singer, composer, musician and musical legend in the Spanish-speaking world, the Paisa artist Juan Esteban Aristizábal, or Juanes, comes to Cartagena to talk about his book of memoire, Juanes by Diego Londoño, written with the journalist Diego Londoño (Colombia), author of various books about musicians. In conversation with Juan Esteban Lewin Pinzón.

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Event 14

Avi Loeb in conversation with Mario Arriagada Cuadriello (Spanish version)

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

In 2012, Avi Loeb (Israel/United States) was selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of the year for his research into outer space. He is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Science, and manages various astronomy and astrophysics projects, such as Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ Institute for Theory and Computation, and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s Science section. His work as a popular scientist covers themes such as the birth of stars, black holes, the future of the universe and extra-terrestrial life. His most recent book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth (2021) is about the discovery in 2017 of an interstellar object that sparked a serious debate into the possibility that it might be an artefact of alien technology. Avi Loeb, who began the discussion, tells the story in a book that is essential for an understanding of the situation that astronomy as a science finds itself in, one that reflects on humanity’s place in the universe today.

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Event 60

Oded Galor in conversation with José Manuel Acevedo

Humanity’s journey

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Why did humans live in stasis throughout most of their existence? What lit the touchpaper of the enormous transformation of our lifestyles just a few hundred years ago? And why has this progress resulted in a vast inequality gap in our world? Asking these questions, the economist and thinker Oded Galor (United States/Israel) reveals, in his influential book, The Journey of Humanity, the keys to understanding two of the great mysteries in the evolution of humanity: progress and inequality. Galor is a Professor at Brown University (United States) and has researched, in depth, processes of change and their impacts, linking them to the economy and social organization. In conversation with José Manuel Acevedo.

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Event 15

Daniela Tarazona and Elvira Valgañón in conversation with Claudia Ivonne Hernández

 Teatro de la Ciudad

The original and innovative Mexican writer, Daniela Tarazona, is the author of the novels El animal sobre la piedra and El beso de la liebre, as well as a study of the famous Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. She was named as one of Latin America’s 25 Literary Secrets by the Guadalajara International Book Fair and is a member of the FONCA National Network of Artists. Her most recent novel is Isla partida. The Spanish writer Elvira Valgañón has a degree in Spanish and English Philology and is the author of the novels Luna cornata and Invierno. Her most recent book is Línea de penumbra, a collection of stories inspired by figures that appear in the work of great painters such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Hans Memling, Francis Bacon, Caravaggio, Hieronymus Bosch and Domenico Ghirlandaio. They will talk to Claudia Ivonne Hernández about their most recent books.

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Event 61

Ivan Krastev in conversation with Guillermo Altares

What is happening with the European Union?

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

With the rise of right-wing nationalist parties all over the continent, Brexit, the refugee emergency and the recent war in the Ukraine, the European Union is in crisis. At this event, the renowned intellectual and political commentator Ivan Krastev (Bulgaria) will reflect on the future of democracy in the European Union and the urgent challenges it faces. Ivan Krastev has analysed the European political union of the last 30 years in a number of book-length essays, including Is It Tomorrow Yet (2020), The Light That Failed: A Reckoning (2019) and After Europe (2017).

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Event 14-En

Avi Loeb in conversation with Mario Arriagada Cuadriello (English version)

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

In 2012, Avi Loeb (Israel/United States) was selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of the year for his research into outer space. He is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Science, and manages various astronomy and astrophysics projects, such as Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ Institute for Theory and Computation, and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s Science section. His work as a popular scientist covers themes such as the birth of stars, black holes, the future of the universe and extra-terrestrial life. His most recent book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth (2021) is about the discovery in 2017 of an interstellar object that sparked a serious debate into the possibility that it might be an artefact of alien technology. Avi Loeb, who began the discussion, tells the story in a book that is essential for an understanding of the situation that astronomy as a science finds itself in, one that reflects on humanity’s place in the universe today.

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Event 63

Richard Firth-Godbehere in conversation with Daniel Pardo

A history of humanity through their emotions

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)

We humans like to believe that we act rationally, but the emotions are a much more important part of experience that most of us think. Richard Firth-Godbehere has put his thoughts on this matter into his book A Human History of Emotion, which analyses and studies the role of human emotions throughout history and in different cultures. In conversation with Daniel Pardo, the author will talk about how the emotions, in all their complexity and diversity, have modelled the world that we live in over the course of history. This fascinating work of non-fiction weaves together psychology, neuroscience, art, philosophy and religion.

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Event 67

Andrey Kurkov in conversation with Emma Graham-Harrison

Hay Festival and Lviv BookForum series

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)

The Ukrainian writer, novelist and essayist, Andrey Kurkov, recently awarded the French Médicis Étranger Prize, started to write a diary when the first Russian rockets fell on Kiev on 24 February 2022. In Diary of an Invasion (2022), Kurkov chronicles the terrible impact of the conflict through a personal narrative, which is both a testament to Ukrainian identity and the day-to-day lives of his compatriots. Kurkov has published, in both English and Spanish, the books The Gardener From Ochakov, Death of the Penguin and the recent Grey Bees. In conversation with Emma Graham-Harrison.

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Event 16

Esther Duflo in conversation with Alexandra Haas (Spanish version)

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

The French economist and MIT academic Esther Duflo was an advisor to Barack Obama and in 2010 received the John Bates Clark Medal for the most outstanding economist in the USA aged under 40. Foreign Policy magazine has named her as one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers and her books have been translated into over 15 languages. In 2019 she was one of the three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Economics, together with Abhijit Banerjee, with whom she wrote the recent book, Good Economics for Hard Times (2020); this work shows how economic theory, if used appropriately, can be useful when it comes to solving some of the most severe socio-political problems of our times: from migration to inequality, sluggish economic growth and runaway climate change. She will talk to the Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico, Alexandra Haas.

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Event 17

David Foenkinos in conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado (Spanish version)

 Teatro de la Ciudad

The acclaimed author, screenwriter and jazz musician, David Foenkinos (France), is the author of 18 novels which have been translated into around 40 different languages, and has also written works for the theatre, and books of young adult literature. His novel Delicacy (2012) was shortlisted for the prestigious literary prizes, the Goncourt, Renaudot, Médicis, Femina and the Interallié, and has been made into a film starring Audrey Tautou. His most recent novel Deux seours (2019) begins with Etienne announcing to Mathilde that "he is leaving", after a five-year relationship. Mathilde is shattered, and moves in with her sister and her family. From that point onwards, the plot begins to reveal new and unexpected nuances to the personality of Mathilde, some of them threatening. In conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado.

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Event 73

Joseph Stiglitz en conversación con Farid Kahhat

Economy in the Americas

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía
The economist, Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Stigltiz (United States), will speak with the academic and writer Farid Kahhat (Perú), author of Tiempos violentos: Rusia, Ucrania, China, Estados Unidos y el nuevo desorden mundial, about the financial effects of the Ukranian War, of the rampant inflation, of inequality and political changes in the continent.

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Event 17-FR

David Foenkinos in conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado (French version)

 Teatro de la Ciudad

The acclaimed author, screenwriter and jazz musician, David Foenkinos (France), is the author of 18 novels which have been translated into around 40 different languages, and has also written works for the theatre, and books of young adult literature. His novel Delicacy (2012) was shortlisted for the prestigious literary prizes, the Goncourt, Renaudot, Médicis, Femina and the Interallié, and has been made into a film starring Audrey Tautou. His most recent novel Deux seours (2019) begins with Etienne announcing to Mathilde that "he is leaving", after a five-year relationship. Mathilde is shattered, and moves in with her sister and her family. From that point onwards, the plot begins to reveal new and unexpected nuances to the personality of Mathilde, some of them threatening. In conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado.

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Event 76

Victoria Amelina and Oleksandra Matviichuk in conversation with Catalina Gómez Ángel

Hay Festival and Lviv BookForum series. Ukraine by its artists and activists

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio Getsemaní)

Oleksandra Matviichuk (Ukraine), a lawyer and activist with the Center for Civil Liberties, winner of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize together with Memorial and the activist Ales Bialiatski; and the artist and writer Victoria Amelina (Ukraine), will talk to Catalina Gómez Ángel about their country, the war that has changed the life of its inhabitants irreversibly and how to continue working in the midst of war.

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Event 16-En

Esther Duflo in conversation with Alexandra Haas (English version)

 Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro

The French economist and MIT academic Esther Duflo was an advisor to Barack Obama and in 2010 received the John Bates Clark Medal for the most outstanding economist in the USA aged under 40. Foreign Policy magazine has named her as one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers and her books have been translated into over 15 languages. In 2019 she was one of the three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Economics, together with Abhijit Banerjee, with whom she wrote the recent book, Good Economics for Hard Times (2020); this work shows how economic theory, if used appropriately, can be useful when it comes to solving some of the most severe socio-political problems of our times: from migration to inequality, sluggish economic growth and runaway climate change. She will talk to the Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico, Alexandra Haas.

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Event 6

Victoria Belim in conversation with Yael Weiss

Hay Festival Lviv Bookforum series

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Journalist, writer and Farsi-language translator. Victoria Belim (Ukraine) grew up in the United States and currently lives in Belgium. She speaks 20 languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. Her literary debut is entitled The Rooster House (2023) and is a work of memoire, told as a novel, about Vika, a woman who returns to the Ukraine of her birth to investigate the death of her great-great uncle in the 1930s. It is an exploration of the history of a country marked by conflict and devastation, one with a new war just beginning. Belim narrates this story, which is about both a family and a nation, in prose that is captivating, mysterious and beautiful. In conversation with Yael Weiss.

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Victoria Belim in conversation with Yael Weiss

Event 10

Irene Solà in conversation with Yásnaya Elena Aguilar

 Teatro de la Ciudad

Irene Solà (Spain) is the author of the publishing success When I Sing, Mountains Dance (2019), written in Catalan and translated into Spanish and many other languages, published in over a dozen editions and winner of the 2019 Cálamo Prize and the 2020 European Prize for Fiction. This polyphonic novel, set in the high Pyrenees, tells the story of farmers, poets, witches, mothers and ghosts, surrounded by the magnificence of the exuberant and relentless natural world of the high Pyrenees. Solá will talk to Yásnaya Elena Aguilar about this extraordinary novel and her new book, Et vaig donar ulls i vas mirar les tenebres, a story of living and dead women in a rural context, presented for the first time in Mexico.

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Irene Solà in conversation with Yásnaya Elena Aguilar

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