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 5

Sara Jaramillo Klinkert in conversation with Esteban Duperly

Donde cantan las ballenas

 Museo de Arte Religioso (Jericó)

The author of the outstanding novel Cómo maté a mi padre (2020), Sara Jaramillo Klinkert (Colombia), presents a new work, Donde cantan las ballenas, the story of Candelaria, a twelve-year-old girl who lives with a mother who talks to the stones, a brother who grows magical mushrooms and a father who sculpts whales. When her father disappears, her longing to find him will spark the plot that includes characters who are experts in poisonous plants, fearful of storms and evicted writers. The author will talk about this, her second novel, with Esteban Duperly.

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Event 6

Tyto Alba, Anna- Lina Mattar and Gala Rocabert Navarro in conversation with Catalina Mejía

From life to the graphic novel

 Teatro Santa María (Jericó)

Three participants share with us the experience of transforming real-life stories into narratives told through images. Our guests are Tyto Alba, an artist who has illustrated one of the masterpieces of Colombian literature: Oblivion: A Memoir, (published as El olvido que seremos, 2021); this classic fictionalized biography by Héctor Abad Faciolince looks in a heartbreaking way at the Colombian armed conflict through the personal experience of the author, who lost his father, the doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, at the hands of the paramilitaries. Anna-Lina Mattar and Gala Rocabert Navarro are the authors of En el ombligo. Diarios de guerra y paz en Colombia (2021), a graphic novel that collates the experiences of former guerrillas after the signing of the Peace Accords in 2016. Illustrator Anna-Lina Mattar uses images to narrate the work of Gala Rocabert Navarro, an anthropologist and sociologist who reports from the field on life after the agreement. In conversation with Catalina Mejía.

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Event 9

Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Adriana Cooper

Colombian Psycho

 Teatro Santa María (Jericó)

How deep do the wounds of violence seep into a society like Colombia's? Santiago Gamboa, one of the most remarkable storytellers of the current Colombian literary landscape, addresses this theme in his most recent book. Gamboa's work, which includes twelve novels, three travel books, a short story collection and multiple essays, has been critically acclaimed on an international level and has been translated to at least eighteen languages. In Colombian Psycho, Gamboa portrays the national reality with an intriguing and insightful pace, that shifts between reality and fiction. With diverse characters which include a bold prosecutor, a polyamorous indigenist professor, an argentinian mercenary and Santiago Gamboa himself, the reader enters a story of suspense that begins with the discovery of human bones in the mounts of La Calera, at the East of Bogotá. In conversation with Adriana Cooper.

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Event 13

Pilar Quintana in conversation with Marta Nebot

Los abismos

 Teatro Santa María (Jericó)

The Colombian writer Pilar Quintana talks about her latest book, Los abismos, winner of the 2021 Alfaguara Novel Prize. Los abismos is a shocking tale in which a daughter takes on her mother’s revelations and her father’s silences to begin building her own world. The author will be in conversation with the journalist Marta Nebot.

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Event 14

Pablo Montoya in conversation with Karim Ganem Maloof

La sombra de Oriente

 Museo de Arte Religioso (Jericó)

Pablo Montoya (Colombia) is the author of six novels and several books of essays, poems and short stories. He has been awarded a number of outstanding literary awards, such as the 2015 Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his powerful Tríptico de la infamia, the 2016 José Donoso Prize and the 2017 José María Arguedas Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel is La sombra de Orión which tells the story of Pedro Cadavid, a university lecturer who returns to Medellin, disillusioned after many years in Paris, to reunite with his city just after Operation Orion, a military intervention in District 13 that left many dead and missing. Cadavid reflects in horror on the hypocrisy, indifference and cruelty of the reality around him. Montoya talks about his latest book with Karim Ganem Maloof.

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Event 5

Tyto Alba in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

Oblivion: A Memoir is the landmark novel, first published in 2006, by Héctor Abad Faciolince. It has been through 40 editions, has been made into a film by the Spanish director Fernando Trueba and is now being published as a graphic novel, illustrated by the Spanish graphic artist Tyto Alba. This contemporary classic of Spanish-language literature is now told through drawings and watercolours which give life to the unforgettable characters of the book, particularly the wonderful Héctor Abad Gómez, the story’s central figure, and his son, the book’s author.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

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Event 1

El País event: Sergio Ramírez in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

 Sede Digital Hay Colombia

Sergio Ramírez (Nicaragua) is one of the most outstanding voices in Latin American literature. He has received, among other awards, the 1998 Alfaguara Novel Prize, the 2000 José María Arguedas Latin American Prize for Margarita, está linda la mar, the 2011 José Donoso Ibero-American Prize for Literature, the 2014 Carlos Fuentes International Prize and the 2017 Cervantes Prize. He was Vice-president of Nicaragua between 1985 and 1990 under President Daniel Ortega and is the founder of the Centroamérica Cuenta literary event. His latest work is entitled Tongolele no sabía bailar (2021), a book that concludes the trilogy of crime novels featuring Inspector Dolores Morales, set in the turbulent Nicaragua of the 21st century. He will talk to the editor of El País América, Jan Martínez Ahrens.

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Event 14

Manuel Vilas in conversation with Amalia Londoño

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

The Spanish writer Manuel Vilas is the author of the publishing successes Ordesa (2018) and Alegría (2019), winner of the Planeta Prize, as well as several collections of poetry and essays. At this event he will present Los besos (2020), a novel about idealized, romantic love, of how in the middle of a universal crisis two human beings try to return to the biological homeland of eros. The author explores the place in which women and men find the deepest meaning in life, but also covering matters such as consumer society, politics and context, a theme present in all the author’s novels. He will talk to Amalia Londoño.

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Event 7

Rodrigo García Barcha in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

In praise of the Gabos

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Rodrigo García Barcha is a film and television director. He was born in Bogotá but grew up in Barcelona and Mexico City, close some of the most important figures in Spanish-language literature, such as Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Neruda and Luis Buñuel. In Gabo y Mercedes: una despedida (2021), he recounts the last moments of one of the most beloved and respected writers in Colombia and the world, Gabriel García Márquez, and his death in 2014. These pages express the relationship of a son with his father, but also with his mother, in this case, Mercedes Barcha, the partner of García Márquez for more than fifty years, who died in 2020. In conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Rodrigo García presents a close look at this iconic couple and also one of the most human faces we have seen of the great writer and Nobel prize-winner.

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Event 16

Irene Vallejo in conversation with Juan Diego Mejía

 Auditorio Fundadores - Universidad EAFIT

This event takes us on a journey into the world of literature and books, taking us back to the very beginnings of writing. Irene Vallejo (Spain) is an award-winning writer and doctor of Classical Philology, known for her studies into and educational work about the ancient world and classical authors. In 2020 she was chosen for AECID’s 10 de 30 project, a selection of ten Spanish writers in their 30s; she also received the National Essay Award for her latest book, El infinito en un junco (2019). This outstanding work examines the history of books and reading, covering over 30 centuries of writing and books, dealing with the different technologies and methods of manufacture, printing presses, libraries and bookshops around the world, as well as the secrets, prohibitions and traditions that have surrounded reading. Vallejo will talk about this fascinating book with Juan Diego Mejía.

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Event D2

Hervé Le Tellier in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Spanish version)

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The great French writer, publisher, literary critic and mathematician Hervé Le Tellier, who is renowned for the exceptional literary quality of his work, is the author of more than 25 novels, as well as a wide variety of short stories, essays, plays, poems and pieces of journalism. He won the 2020 Goncourt Prize, one of France’s top literary awards, for The Anomaly, a novel that explores the circumstances that unfold around a strange event: a plane from Paris bound for New York makes a difficult landing on March 10, 2021. Three months later, the exact same plane lands, with the same passengers and crew. In conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

With the support of the French Embassy

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Event D2FR

Hervé Le Tellier in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (French version)

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The great French writer, publisher, literary critic and mathematician Hervé Le Tellier, who is renowned for the exceptional literary quality of his work, is the author of more than 25 novels, as well as a wide variety of short stories, essays, plays, poems and pieces of journalism. He won the 2020 Goncourt Prize, one of France’s top literary awards, for The Anomaly, a novel that explores the circumstances that unfold around a strange event: a plane from Paris bound for New York makes a difficult landing on March 10, 2021. Three months later, the exact same plane lands, with the same passengers and crew. In conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

With the support of the French Embassy

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Event 13

Daniel Brühl and Daniel Kehlmann in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Spanish version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Two personalities from the world of German culture talk with Juan Gabriel Vásquez. With Daniel Brühl (Germany/Spain), one of the most famous actors in German cinema, who has ventured into Hollywood with films such as Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino; The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon; and Captain America, in which he plays the Marvel character Helmut Zemo. In his directorial debut, Brühl stars in Next Door, a film in which he plays Daniel, a young and successful actor. Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and which has been translated into over 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event 14

Ricardo Silva in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Ricardo Silva, winner of the 5th Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize, is a writer, journalist, screenwriter and the author of novels, short stories, essay and poetry, as well as a columnist for various media outlets including Semana, SoHo, El Malpensante and El Tiempo. His most recent novel is Zoológico humano (2021), a work that tells the story of the late writer Simón Hernández on his journey through the universe in the afterlife, where he meets seven characters from different eras, lands and personal backgrounds, in a profound contemplation of the human condition from the viewpoint of a posthumous character. In conversation with Yolanda Ruiz.

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Event 15

Juan Villoro in conversation with Mábel Lara

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Juan Villoro (Mexico) is undoubtedly one of the most versatile, high-profile and prolific writers on the contemporary Spanish-speaking literary scene. He has obtained numerous awards including the José Donoso Prize in Chile, the Herralde Prize in Spain, the Arguedas Prize in Cuba, the Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico and the ACE Prize in Argentina. He has lectured at UNAM and the universities of Yale, Princeton and Stanford. Along with his drama, journalism, essays and children’s writing, his bibliography includes interesting works of fiction such as the novels El testigo and Llamadas de Ámsterdam, and the book of short stories The Guilty. His latest novel is entitled La tierra de la gran promesa, which tells the story of Diego González, a documentary filmmaker who moves to Barcelona to film his next production, for the first time a work unrelated to politics. His plans change when a journalist begins to involve him in an unresolved conflict with a drugs lord, the focus of one of his documentaries. In conversation with Mabel Lara.

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Event 13EN

Daniel Brühl and Daniel Kehlmann in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez (English version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Two personalities from the world of German culture talk with Juan Gabriel Vásquez. With Daniel Brühl (Germany/Spain), one of the most famous actors in German cinema, who has ventured into Hollywood with films such as Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino; The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon; and Captain America, in which he plays the Marvel character Helmut Zemo. In his directorial debut, Brühl stars in Next Door, a film in which he plays Daniel, a young and successful actor. Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and which has been translated into over 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event TE2

Pablo Braun, Mónica Díaz and Emilia Franco de Arcila in conversation with José Manuel Anta

Book distribution, a risky and constantly evolving profession

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

The increase in online sales, the speed of commercial transactions thanks to the demand of consumers, printing on demand, the role of bookstores, the emergence of new points of sale, the mergers in the industry, the gradual disappearance of the exclusivity of publishers... Distribution companies in Latin America and Spain are facing far-reaching changes, both technologically and conceptually. With Pablo Braun (Argentina), from the distributor Big Sur (Argentina and Chile) and Escaramuza (Uruguay); Mónica Díaz (Spain), manager of UDL Libros; and Emilia Franco de Arcila (Colombia), from Siglo del Hombre Editores. In conversation with José Manuel Anta.

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Event 16

Daniel Kehlmann in convesation with Margarita Valencia (Spanish vesion)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Daniel Kehlmann is the author of 13 novels, including Measuring the World (2007), which recreates the lives of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Glauss and the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His most recent work, the novel Tyll, was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020. Tyll is the fictionalized biography of Tyll Ulenspiegel, a character from German folklore who was born in 1600, and who is forced to flee his homeland and undertake a journey that will bring him into contact with writers, executioners, talking animals, doctors who love poetry, sages, clerics and members of the royalty, but also with the harshness of war, poverty and intolerance. Kehlmann discusses this brilliant novel with Margarita Valencia.

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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Event 18

Carmen Maria Machado, Vivek Shraya and Camila Sosa Villada in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel (Spanish version)

Imagine... equalities: LGTBQI2+ literary worlds

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Literature has always been a space of freedom and expression. Gloria Susana Esquivel talks to three authors who identity with the plural LGTBQI2+ community. With Carmen Maria Machado (United States), Vivek Shraya (Canada) and Camila Sosa Villada (Argentina).

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Event 18EN

Carmen Maria Machado, Vivek Shraya and Camila Sosa Villada in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel (English version)

Imagine... equalities: LGTBQI2+ literary worlds

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Literature has always been a space of freedom and expression. Gloria Susana Esquivel talks to three authors who identity with the plural LGTBQI2+ community. With Carmen Maria Machado (United States), Vivek Shraya (Canada) and Camila Sosa Villada (Argentina).

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