Hay Festival Forum Dallas (Texas, USA)

Since 2018, when this Forum began, the bookshop-bar presents literary events and concerts over three days in which international authors as well as people from the world of national and local culture participate in the events. Previous speakers include Jon Lee Anderson, Ben Fountain, Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, Elvira Liceaga, Emiliano Monge, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Pilar Quintana or Joselo Rangel. In its 2020 digital version, we wew joined by Salman Rushdie, Carmen Boullosa, Alma Guillermoprieto and more. More than 1700 attendees have been able to go to the 28 events organized in the Forum since 2018 and 2000 people have been able to follow the events remotely. 

This year is probably the most ambitious one in terms of guests and activities, we have 9 authors from 6 different nationalities

The main festival will take place at The Wild Detective during September 3rd and 4th, Saturday, and Sunday and there will also be activities for University Students at South Methodist University, University of North Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas.

The Wild Detectives panels:

Free speech in Cuba with Cuban journalist and writer Carlos Manuel Alvarez, Carlos will be presenting his new book The Tribe, that chronicles different stories from the island, as well as his accounts on the 2021 Cuban protest where he got detained and uncommunicated for several days.

Social conflicts in Latin American with three angles and three voices. Language as a weapon with linguist right activist and writer Yásnaya Elena Aguilar from Mexico. Illegal logging and resource extraction in the amazon with Peruvian journalist and activist Joseph Zárate and gender violence with Argentinian writer Dolores Reyes.

Latin American music in the USA today with Amanditita,

Culture clashing and literature with US author Zain Khalid, English Spanish translator Lizzy Davis and Peruvian novelist Jeremías Gamboa

Spanish journalist and researcher Marta Peirano will discuss her new book and the relationships between technology with power, information control and climate change


Saturday, September 3

18:00 Daring to Live in Democracy: Free Speech in Cuba . Carlos Manuel Alvarez presents The Tribe and his account on the latest Cuban protests.

19:30 Amanditita and Latin American Music today in the US

21:00 Live Show with Amanditita

10:30 DJ Set Nick Van House (Boom Boom Pum) & Suxxy Puxxy (Peligrosa) 

Sunday, September 4

16:00 Dangers of the Internet: A Cautionary Anti-Apocalyptic Tale. Marta Peirano Plaform for Great Ideas. Sponsored by Baillie Gifford

17:00 A conversation with Alma Guillermoprieto 

18:30 Centering Margins: Social Conflicts in Latin America 

20:00 Spoken Identities: Crafting Characters through Exile and Multiculturalism

The Wild Detectives is a bookstore-bar in Dallas, Texas. Since it was opened in 2014 by two Spanish engineers, this small bookshop has held more than 600 events. Since 2014, The Wild Detectives has been selected on six occasions by the local press as bookshop of the year and it is nationally recognized as one of the avant-garde bookshops in the renaissance of independent bookshops in the United States. 

Wild Detectives Bookshop, Dallas
Wild Detectives Bookshop event