Colombia Digital 2021

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The schedules shown for each event are in GMT-5 (Lima, Bogotá, Panamá…). Once the live streaming is over, the recordings will be available until 14 February at 12:00 am for free on this website, below each event description. Afterwards, they will be added to Hay Player, our online archive containing audio and video of the events from all Hay Festivals across the world.

View the Hay Festival Comunitario programme: the section for children and young adults.

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Event 15

Thomas Piketty in conversation with Ricardo Ávila

Always capital

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The book Capital in the 21st Century by the French economist Thomas Piketty has been one of the most important works of economic theory and analysis in recent years. This popular and critical success has been translated into many different languages. In it, the author questions the relationship between equality and development, the role of the financial institutions that regulate the market and the historical share-out of wealth. Piketty will talk to Ricardo Ávila about his latest book, which is sure to be another landmark work, Capital and Ideology, a continuation of his analysis of the systems that govern our world.

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Event 16

Benjamin Moser in conversation with Mario Jursich

Imagining Sontag

 Sede Digital Medellín
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Benjamin Moser (United States) is a writer, editor and translator. He has been a columnist for Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, and has contributed to publications such as The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler and The New York Review of Books. His book Why This World. A Biography of Clarice Lispector, which has become a standard work of reference on this subject, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Moser’s most recent book is an acclaimed biography of another major 20th-century author: Sontag. Her Life and Work.

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Event GL5

Reading Group with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert

 Sede digital Medellín
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In this session, we will talk with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert about her most recent book, Cómo maté a mi padre, a striking novel about the death of the author’s father, killed by contract killers in Medellin in the 1980s. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Diego Aristizábal.

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Event 17

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure

The Northern Irish Troubles

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The writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributor to publications such as Slate and The New York Review of Books, has written an impressive and chilling book that deals with one of the most difficult periods in the Northern Irish conflict. It is a reconstruction of the murder of Jean McConville, a widow and mother, considered by the Republicans to be an informer working with the British. The book, entitled Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, was shortlisted for the National Book Award, and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Orwell Prize. In conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure.

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Event 18

Joe Sacco in conversation with Juan Cárdenas

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The Maltese journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco combines a talent for storytelling in images with a nose for investigative journalism, and the result has been works such as Palestine (1993), Safe Area Gorazde (2000), Footnotes in Gaza (2009) and The Great War (2014), graphic novels that tell the stories of conflicts in the Middle East, Bosnia and Europe during the First World War. He has published cartoons in a range of publications including The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times, and is esteemed around the world for the originality and importance of his work. His most recent book is Paying the Land (2020), a graphic novel about the First Nations of Canada and the exploitation of its lands. In conversation with the Colombian writer Juan Cárdenas.


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Event P5

Víctor Gaviria in conversation with Jerónimo Atehortúa

Los cines por venir

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The extraordinary view of contemporary film offered by the director Jerónimo Atehortúa in his book of interviews with filmmakers, Los cines por venir, is the starting point for this cinephile conversation. Sure to involve plenty of stories, he will talk to a major figure from the world of film, the Colombian director, screenplay writer and poet Víctor Gaviria.

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Event P6

Carolina Sanín in conversation with Pascual Gaviria

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Carolina Sanín (Colombia) will talk to Pascual Gaviria about her latest book, Pasar fijándose, a selection of columns that she has published in the last 12 years in different outlets. Sanín is a Colombian writer and educator who is very active in the social media, where she reflects on contemporary phenomena and thinking. She has a degree in Philosophy and Letters from the University of the Andes and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese Literature from Yale University. She is the author of books such as Los niños, Somos luces abismales and Tu cruz en el cielo desierto, and also starred in the film Litigante, which won Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival.

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Event 19

Hallie Rubenhold in conversation with Lucía Blasco

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Hallie Rubenhold (United Kingdom-United States) is a historian, writer and historical consultant for television programmes and film. She has written two historical novels and five non-fiction books, including The Covent Garden Ladies and Lady Worsley’s Whim, which inspired television series in the United Kingdom. Her most recent work is The Five, which compiles the five biographies of women murdered in 1888 and presumed to be victims of the famous Jack the Ripper. Her work is an exploration of the lives of women in the UK in the 19th century, with particular interest in an aspect that was taboo in the conservative British society of the period: sex.

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Event 20

Esther Duflo in conversation with Ana María Ibáñez

 Sede Digital Cartagena
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Esther Duflo, (France) a former advisor to Barack Obama, is an MIT academic. In 2010 she received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most outstanding economist in the United States aged under 40. She was listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers and her books have been translated into over fifteen languages. She was a joint winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics. Another of the winners was Abhijit Banerjee, with whom she has written her latest book, Good Economics for Hard Times (2020), a work that shows how understanding the economy and using this knowledge well can help to resolve some of the most acute social and political problems of our times: from migration to inequality, sluggish growth and accelerating climate change. In conversation with Ana María Ibáñez.

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Event 21

Jacqueline Novogratz in conversation with Ricardo Ávila

 Sede Digital Cartagena
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Jacqueline Novogratz (United States) is the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a pioneering non-profit venture capital fund that uses business strategies to solve problems of poverty around the world. With a background in investment banking, Novogratz is also the author of The Blue Sweater, a book that looks at the idea of charity and proposes a kind of philanthropic investment she calls “patient capital”. In her new book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, Novogratz talks about the new skills and values necessary to live together in this world. She will talk to Ricardo Ávila.

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Event 22

Hernando García and Mauricio Diazgranados in conversation with Mónica Fonseca

Eating, healing and creating: the power of plants and fungi of Colombia

 Sede Digital Cartagena
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The journalist, blogger and United Nations Environmental Ambassador, Mónica Fonseca, talks to Hernando García, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, and to Mauricio Diazgranados, head of the research team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Colombia has the second richest biodiversity in the world, with around 26,000 registered plant species, of which 5,803 are reported to have possible uses. The diversity of fungi may be just as great, but not as explored. This biodiversity and its uses represent a great opportunity for the country’s green development. Taking some examples from the Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project run by Kew together with the Humboldt Institute, we will analyse how science, community work and technology can help to resolve some of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. This event includes the the participation of the UK ambassador to Colombia, Colin Martin-Reynolds.

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Event 23

Jorge Drexler in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

 Sede Digital Cartagena
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Composer, singer-songwriter and the creator of songs that are loved and listened to all over the Spanish-speaking world, Jorge Drexler (Uruguay) has been making music for over thirty years, experimenting with genres including folk, pop and alternative rock. He has released 13 albums, has won five Latin Grammy awards in the categories of Record of the Year (2), Album of the Year (2) and Song of the Year (1), and in 2005 he won an Oscar for Best Original Song with “Al otro lado del río”, from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. In conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Event P7

Goyo in conversation with Roberto Pombo

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Goyo is a member and co-founder of the band ChocQuibTown, winner of a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song in 2010 for “De donde vengo yo”, and the Best Tropical Fusion Album of 2015 for El mismo. With ChocQuibTown, which also features her brother Slow Mike and her husband Tostao, Goyo has collaborated with artists such as Carlos Vives, Diego Torres and Ivete Sangalo. ChocQuibTown, currently one of the most important Latin music bands in the world, fuses rhythms such as funk, reggae and hip-hop with music typical of the Colombian Pacific. Goyo talks about her career as the ChocQuibTown vocalist with El Tiempo Editor, Roberto Pombo.

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Event P8

Isabel Allende in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

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An event that pays homage to that great woman of letters, Isabel Allende, who received the 2020 Liber Prize for her career and her passion for communicating with readers. She has written works such as The House of the Spirits (1982), Forest of the Pygmies (2004) and Inés of My Soul (2006). This last novel was made into a television series by RTVE in 2020. That same year she published her latest book, Mujeres del alma mía. This memoire and essay is about the writer’s relationship with feminism and the fact of being a woman. With this book, Allende also calls for the need to live one’s old age to the full, "My story is told in every year I have lived and every wrinkle I have.” She will talk about her career, her experiences and her writing with the director of El País América Jan Martínez Ahrens.

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Event P9

Carlos Vives in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Back to an Amphibious Culture. Conversation and live concert

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This is the memory of a captain who navigated the great river and a vallenatero who discovered a lost world. In Cumbiana, relatos del mundo perdido (2020), Carlos Vives and Guillermo Barreto lead us to discover the origin of cumbia through a magical journey that weaves together the memory of the artist and the notes of the historian. This book is the portal to the reconstruction of an amazing amphibian nation that united its destiny in America with European culture and with African culture to leave a musical legacy that has marked history. This event includes a concert acoompanied by Yeison Landero on the accordion.

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Event 24

Irene Vallejo in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Hay Dialogues with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

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The Hay Dialogues with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos initiative aims to promote knowledge and exchange among writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of varied origins. The project consists of inviting an established author to talk to a younger one on the other side of the Atlantic. On this occasion we have Irene Vallejo (Spain), an award-winning writer and Doctor of Classical Philology, known for her research and educational work involving the ancient world and classical authors. In 2020, as well as being chosen for the AECID 10 de 30 initiative, a selection of ten Spanish writers aged between 30 and 40, she received the National Essay Prize for her latest book, El infinito en un junco. She will talk to the writer Héctor Abad Faciolince.

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Event 25

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld will talk about her book The Discomfort of Evening, winner of the 2020 Booker International Prize. This is the story of mourning and the terrible choice between overcoming it and succumbing to it. It is a girl’s struggle to understand death, never named but present in every corner, because this is the only way she will conquer it. This is a story told from the inside, in which it is impossible not to feel every chill, every blow, every wound. An uncomfortable, beautiful debut from one of the Netherlands’ most important new writers.

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Event 26

David Quammen in conversation with Pablo Correa

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An expert on science and nature, the US writer David Quammen will talk about his latest book to be published in Spanish, Contagio (published in English as Spillover). Quammen has written 15 books about matters ranging from viruses and epidemics, to the relationship between humans and nature, Darwin’s theory of evolution, and natural processes. In Spillover, the author reports his conversations with scientists who specialize in viruses and epidemics, following their trail in some of the most sophisticated laboratories, as well as a cave in southern China, and what he finds is both terrifying and fascinating. We go around the world looking for viruses, explanations for what happens and animals suspected to be reservoir species. He will talk to the journalist Pablo Correa.

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Event 27

Juan Luis Arsuaga and Juan José Millás in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

The origin of life and other questions

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In the collaborative book, La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal, the writer Juan José Millás and the paleoanthropologist Juan Luis Arsuaga set out to understand life, its origins, why we are who we are, and what has brought us here. For two months, the two authors visited a variety of places, many of them common settings of everyday life, and others unique sites where it is still possible to find remains of what we once were, the place where we came from. Humanity’s traces over the millennia can be found around us, in places such as landscapes, caves, children’s parks and toy shops. In conversation with the journalist Yolanda Ruiz.

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Event 28

Robert Macfarlane in conversation with Pablo Correa

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey gives an account of a series of explorations under the surface of our planet. From the endless catacombs of Paris to painted caves, he talks about rituals and legends involved in everything connected to the world under the ground. Through his travels, Macfarlane invites us to rediscover our daily existence, involving us in the life that goes on beneath, hidden to gazes that tend to look up, rather than down. Underland won the Wainwright Prize, one of the most important awards for nature and travel writing. He will talk to the journalist Pablo Correa.

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