Adiós, Glinka is a moving story written by Arnoldo Kraus (Mexico), illustrated by Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico), about how the members of the Genauer family will have to learn to accept the departure of their beloved dog Glinka when she is getting towards the end of her life. Arnoldo Kraus offers an event for children and their parents, to introduce them to a story about the mysteries of life and the passage of time. In conversation with Felipe Rosete.
CaminaLee is an initiative that organizes walks aimed at connecting your feet and your brain, letting you listen to stories, characters, history, legends and adventures, all from a different perspective. Connecting with your imagination and your inner wisdom while you walk, feeling what you see. Walking but also reading to visit other worlds, fantastic worlds that you were not aware of, worlds where you can learn about the past, the present and the future. With CaminaLee, we will go out and tour iconic locations in the old quarter, finding the most important sites, monuments and churches, as well as some of the historical legends of the city. An explanation will be given about each of them, including the Teatro de la Ciudad, the Guerrero Gardens, the Palacio Municipal, the Church of Santa Clara, the Fountain of Neptune, the Casa de la Marquesa, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro route and many other places, sharing the legends of La Carambada, El Marquéz de la Villa del Villar del Águila, La Zacatenaca, among others, with rest stops and discussion of historical figures and the chance to draw them too.
Every child must be accompanied by an adult
Goran Petrović (Serbia) is one of the most acclaimed Serbian authors on the contemporary scene. Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and winner of his country’s most important awards (including the NIN and the Ivo Andrić), his works have been translated into many different languages. A number of his books have been published in Spanish, including the short story collection Diferencias (2012) and the novels Atlas descrito por el cielo (2003), La Mano de la Buena Fortuna (published in English as At The Lucky Hand), Bajo el techo que se desmorona (2014) and El cerco de la iglesia de la Santa Salvación (2015); he now returns to Mexico with Papel con el sello de agua, a novel set in Renaissance Italy, where Giovanna II, Queen of Naples, travels to the port of Amalfi to attend the celebrated Confraternity of the Congrega dei Cartari, which produces Europe’s finest paper. The monarch, renowned for her promiscuity, has the intention of buying this paper to write a love letter. She is accompanied by number of servants, her personal guard and army, and she threatens to burn the city unless they sell her the paper. The confraternity, so famous for the quality of its paper, is also known for being fussy when selecting purchasers, evaluating their honesty, moral values and the use to which the paper will be put. In conversation with Mariana H.
Consecutive interpretation from Serbian to Spanish available
The author of the essay Feminismo sin cuarto propio, included in the anthology of feminist texts Tsunami 2, and of the outstanding short story collection Perras de reserva (2022), Dahlia de la Cerda (Mexico) returns with Desde los zulos (2023), a book that combines autofiction, journalism and essay to reflect on marginal feminisms, the danger of excluding practices within the social movements and proposes a more plural and diverse view of feminism. Dahlia de la Cerda has a degree in Philosophy, was a fellow of the 2015 Aguascalientes Programme for the Stimulation of Artistic Creation and Development and was also a beneficiary of the FONCA Young Artists’ Programme in 2016 and 2018. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Morras Help Morras feminist collective. In conversation with Claudia Ivonne Hernández.
Desahucio by Imanol Martínez (Mexico) won the 2021 José Revueltas National Youth Novel Prize. In counterpoint, the novel tells the story of the lives of Daniel and Julián. Daniel is a well-established chef who discovers that cancer is about to end it all. Meanwhile Julián, his best friend, undertakes some major projects, whose success is anything but guaranteed. Eva Piquer (Catalonia, Spain) has written 13 books, has been Literary Manager of the Thassalia publishing house and currently edits the cultural magazine Catorze. In Aterrizaje, her most recent novel, a woman overcome by mourning decides to travel to Iceland to relieve her pain. On the trip, the woman connects with a past that has been buried and evaded, and discovers a new love for life, one that she had been unwilling to let herself feel. The writer and editor Socorro Venegas received an Honorable Mention in the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz awards for her first novel La noche será negra y blanca, and she has edited the recently-published anthology, Vindictas. Cuentistas Latinoamericanas (2023). She is the author of Ceniza roja (2022), a diary in which the poetic gaze and colour of memory shows us the dark workings of mourning in a body and soul damaged by absence, waiting and searching. In conversation with David Marcial Pérez Muñoz.
The lawyer and researcher Juan Jesús Garza Onofre (Mexico) presents his most recent book No estudies Derecho (“Don’t Study Law”). This striking title introduces a book that takes a critical look at the main vices and obstacles that divide the work of law from the ideal of serving the rule of law and citizens, and proposes a redefinition of the profession, one based on creativity and empathy. With this talk, the author invites us to imagine a new relationship with justice and its intermediaries. In conversation with Javier Risco.
At this event with Margarita Sada, illustrator of the book Sansón, written by Jenny Pasivic, the graphic artist will talk about the process of creating an illustrated book, in order to reveal the meaning that she has sought to give to the creative process of making Sansón, a work whose main character is the little mouse of the same name. Through it, she aims to show that every person, independently of their size or physical characteristics, has great personality and heart, just like Sansón the mouse. At this interactive event, the children attending will have the chance to draw themselves, with the author’s help, as mice who are happy to accept themselves as they are.
The Irish writer John Boyne presents All The Broken Places, the highly awaited sequel to the book that has moved millions of readers around the world, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. At this event, in conversation with the BBC’s Daniel García Marco, Boyne will talk about his book: the story of Gretel, Bruno’s older sister, long after the war and in the present day, and how she must face her guilt and responsibility for her family’s past, almost eighty years after the conflict. An unmissable event about expiation and the duty of memory for all those who entered into the tragic friendship between Shmuel and Bruno.
Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available
An event with the great Latin American rock star, Andrea Echeverri (Colombia), at which this artist will talk to Mariana H about music, art, feminisms and a musical career so closely tied to the recent history of Spanish-language rock music.
Antonio Lazcano (Mexico) is a biologist, a Doctor of Science from UNAM, and expert in the origin and early evolution of life. He has lectured and been a visiting scientist at universities in the Americas and Europe and has received national and international awards. He also has three honorary doctorates and has been a member of the National College since 2014. He is the author of around 150 research papers and numerous books, including Tres ensayos darwinistas (2016), in which he invites the reader to meet one of the great scientists, focussing on three major topics: natural selection, inheritance and the origin of life. At this event, Lazcano will give a lecture about a true watershed in the history of medicine, science and human life: vaccinations.
In conversation with Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, members of the Maya artistic and writing collective, and a Nahua designer and publisher will talk about art and text production based on the knowledge of the native peoples of Mexico. Javier Silverio Balderas Castillo has been an artist for 48 years at Taller Leñateros, a group which won the 2021 National Arts and Literature Prize. It is a publishing collective that consist of Maya artists from Chiapas. Since 1975 they have been writing, illustrating, printing, binding and publishing books with paper made by themselves. Isela Xospa, from Milpa Alta, is a Graphic Design graduate of UAM Xochimilco. She has undertaken independent publishing and design projects in Mexico and New York. She won the 2021 Antonio García Cubas Award in the Children’s Work category, and was a British Library Chevening Scholar in 2021-2022, with a project about the first printed books in native languages in Latin America.
What do democratic processes and their institutions mean for citizens? Do we know what the concept of democracy means, and where it comes from? What role does legislation play? We talk to experts about the rights, duties and benefits of living within a democratic system. With Graciela Báez Ricárdez, Ismael Carvallo Robledo and Juan Jesús Garza Onofre in conversation with Pascal Beltrán del Río.
To close the eighth edition of the Hay Festival Querétaro with a flourish, we present of the book La errática vigilia, which brings together the collected poetry of Paula de Allende (Monterrey, 1938 – Queretaro, 1979), published by Letra Capital, the Queretaro Municipality Press. De Allende, recognized for her unique voice and the exquisite value of her poetry, was ahead of her time and explored the depths of the human soul in a unique way. As well as being an outstanding poet, she was an important figure on the cultural scene, since, through her promotional work, de Allende promoted culture in our city and opened the way for young talents. This anthology, meticulously compiled by her son Francisco, pays homage to the intimate and mysterious voice of Paula de Allende. With Carlos Campos and Juan Antonio Isla.
The plot of the book Corazones de estambre, written by Braulio Guerra and illustrated by Ana Karen Valdés, is told through words and pictures. If we do not let the words out, they become entangled and make a knot inside of us, just like the wool of the title. That is why it is good to have techniques to disentangle the knots. At this interactive activity, the participants will carry out a workshop with woollen yarn, together with Braulio Guerra, who will explore how to disentangle the emotional knots we all face in our lives.
Actor, director and cultural agitator, Gael García Bernal (México) needs no presentation, wherever he goes. From his first starring roles in Y tu mamá también or Amores perros, as well as The Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education, No or the series Mozart in the Jungle, he has worked with the best directors in the world, and he has directed movies like Chicuarotes and has creating the production company La Corriente del Golfo, alongside Diego Luna, producing El tema, a series of documentaries about climate emergency, one of his biggest concerns. Precisely about the climate emergency, the land and the relationship that we humans have with our environment is his topic of conversation today. He will talk to David Marcial Pérez.
The author of the most comprehensive and celebrated biography of the legendary musician Jimmy Page, Chris Salewicz (United Kingdom) presents his extraordinary story. Salewicz is the author of seventeen books, including an incredible series of biographies of musical icons, looking into the lives of some of the most influential musicians in history, such as Bob Marley, Joe Strummer or, in this case, Jimmy Page. In conversation with Alejandro González Castillo.
Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish available
Alejandro Zambra (Chile) is the author of ten books that have been translated into at least 20 languages, and is the winner of awards such as the English PEN Award and the Prince Claus; in 2007 he was selected to feature on the Bogotá39 list as one of the 39 best Latin American fiction writers under 40. In his most recent novel, Un cuento de navidad, Zambra talks about the relationship with his publisher and, as this relationship grows, how they influence each other as authors and, as the decades pass, as friends. In conversation with Isabel Posadas.
The journalist Diana Manzo (Mexico), from Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca, has a degree in Communication from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla and a Master’s in Education from the UNAM. She has worked with media outlets such as Página 3 and Aristegui Noticias. In 2015 she created the independent website Istmo Press, which covers the Tehuantepec Isthmus area. Her organisation covers matters related to gender, migration, the environment and health. In 2019 she was given an Honourable Mention in the National Journalism Prizes. Yael Weiss (Mexico) is a writer, publisher and television broadcaster. She has authored four books, the most recent of which is Los muros de aire y otras crónicas de frontera, which offers four articles about the author’s time in the border cities of Ciudad Hidalgo, Ciudad Juárez, Tenosique, Tijuana and Reynosa. They will talk to the journalist Pascal Beltrán del Río.
Galen&Paul present, for the first time in Mexico, their album Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day? which has songs in Spanish and English, and is based on European rhythms, showcasing the special voices of Galen and Paul, produced by one of the most influential figures in the rock industry, Tony Visconti. Galen Ayers is a singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and daughter of the musician Kevin Ayers; bilingual in Spanish and English, her music is eclectic and hypnotic. Paul Simonon is an artist, musician and style icon; bassist and founder of the legendary band The Clash and of the supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen, as well as one-time Gorillaz collaborator.
How has the role of light in understanding the universe changed, and how is it still changing? In 2012, Serge Haroche (France) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, together with David J. Wineland, for his innovative work in the field of quantum optics. Their discoveries make use of the properties of light particles to create new technologies, such as ultrafast quantum computers. With The Science of Light: From Galileo’s Telescope to Quantum Physics, this Nobel laureate offers a revealing narrative about what we now know about light, from relativity theory to quantum physics, about how we have learned it and how this knowledge has led to many inventions that have changed our lives. Coinciding with the celebration of a centenary of quantum physics, Haroche will talk about the history and current state of knowledge regarding one of physics’ most exciting and important phenomena: light. He will talk to Alejandro Becerra.
Event in English