Colombia Digital 2021

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Giuseppe Caputo in conversation with David Lara

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Giuseppe Caputo studied Creative Writing at the universities of New York and Iowa. He is the author of the novel An Orphan World as well as of several poetry books. He was selected for the Bogotá39-2017 list of 39 most promising Latin American writers under 40. He was Cultural Director of the Bogota Book Fair and is currently an educator and coordinator of the Caro y Cuervo Institute’s Master’s Programme in Creative Writing. His second novel, Estrella madre (2020), tells the story of a man who lives awaiting the return of his mother. He will talk to the journalist David Lara.

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Richard Ford in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Richard Ford (United States) is one of the major US writers of our time. 2016 Princess of Asturias Prize for Letters, he has published novels such as A Piece of My Heart, The Ultimate Good Luck and the Frank Bascombe series: The Sportswriter, Independence Day (Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner prizes), The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You; short stories and novellas, including Rock Springs, Women With Men and A Multitude of Sins; and the memoire Between Them: Remembering My Parents. His most recent book is Sorry For Your Trouble, in which the author shows all the skills that have made him one of North America’s outstanding writers. The reader will find here Fordian characters who wander the world in longing and discomfort. There are encounters between men and women, between parents and children, and between strangers. Past friends meet, and teenagers on the edge of adult life experience new things. He will talk to Margarita Valencia about his career and this book in particular.

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Leonardo Padura in conversation with Mábel Lara

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The Cuban journalist, fiction and screenplay writer, and literary critic Leonardo Padura is the author of around 20 short story collections and novels, and was awarded the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Letters. His most recent novel, Como polvo en el viento (2020), tells the story of a young New Yorker, Adela, and her relationship with her mother and her partner, a young Cuban named Marcos. Marcos tells her stories about his youth on the island and the friends he left there, and looking at some old photos Adela sees a face she recognizes. The novel takes place among the Cuban diaspora and deals with loyalty, love and links to the past. Padura will talk about this new novel with Mábel Lara.

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Event 29

El Caribefunk in concert

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The Cartagena band El Caribefunk, integrated by Funkcho Salas and Andrés Mordecai was born in 2012, on a trip to Buenos Aires. They are the creators of four albums of Afrocaribbean music, fusioned with elements of North American funk. These are El Caribefunk, El Playaman, Tunsé and Energía para regalar, the latter nominated to the Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Album/Tropical Fusion 2020. El Caribefunk has shared its music in concert in at least 20 countries.

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Event 30

Michael Sandel in conversation with Moisés Naím

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Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He has been described as a “rock star moralist” (Newsweek) and “the world's most famous philosopher” (El País). Sandel´s books, including What Money can't Buy and Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, have been translated to 30 languages. His legendary course at Harvard, Justice, was the first one to be available online from the university, and thousands of people have watched it. He was awarded the 2018 Princesa de Asturias prize for Social Science. His latest book, The Tyranny of Merit. What's Cecome of the Common Good? argues that, in order to overcame today’s polarizing politics, we have to rethink our attitude towards success and failure, that are part of globalization and utter lack of equality. Bloomberg, The Guardian, New Statesman and the Times Literary Suplement named the book as the best of 2020. The Tyranny of Merit offers hope to heal divided societies, moving forward towards common good politics.

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Event 31

André Aciman in conversation with Claudia Morales

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In a conversation with Claudia Morales, the author of the novel Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman, presents Find Me, the sequel to his celebrated book, which has been made into a film by Luca Guadagnino. Born in Egypt and with double nationality (Italian and US), Aciman has lectured in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at the universities of Princeton and New York, as well as at Bard College. He is an expert in the work of Marcel Proust and has published non-fiction, novels and the memoire Out of Egypt.

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Event 32

Philippe Sands in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Philippe Sands (United Kingdom-France) is a writer and lawyer specializing in international law, and has worked in cases connected to Pinochet, the War in Yugoslavia, the Rwanda genocide, the invasion of Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. In his latest book, The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (2020), Sands follows the trail of Otto Freiherr von Wächter, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Poles and Jews. After the end of the Second World War in 1945, he spent years fleeing from international justice, hiding in the Austrian Alps and in Rome, intending to make his way to Argentina. Sands portrays a troubled time, and the everyday life of a Nazi fugitive, his private relationships with his wife and son, the involvement of the Vatican, and the transition to the Cold War.

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Event 33

Fernando Savater in conversation with Alejandro Gaviria

Loss, love and memory

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The writer and philosopher Fernando Savater (Spain) is the author of an extensive bibliography of over 50 books, covering political essays, literary criticism, fiction and drama, including the outstanding works of popular philosophy Ética para Amador (1991) and Política para Amador (1992). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by many universities in Europe and Latin America and has won prestigious awards, including the Ortega y Gasset Award (2000) and the Planeta Prize (2008). In conversation with Alejandro Gaviria he will tak about his most personal book, La peor parte, how the anguish for the death of his wife Sara was the payment for the happiness of a life together. A tough book that speaks bluntly about loss, but also about love and memory.

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Event 34

Javier Bardem in conversation with Luis Alegre

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A unique opportunity to talk with Javier Barden, one of the great actors of the world. He has worked with directors such as Woody Allen, Ridley Scoot, the Coen Brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Milos Forman, Michael Mann, Bigas Luna, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Anemábar or Fernando León and has received, among other awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, five Goyas, a BAFTA and the award for Best Actor at the film festivals of Cannes, San Sebastián and, on two occasions, Venice. He will talk about his career and his social engagement with professor, journalist and filmmaker Luis Alegre.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Sergio Cabrera in conversation with Claudia Morales

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In conversation with Claudia Morales, the Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez presents his latest book, Volver la vista atrás, together with Sergio Cabrera, who will take part on-screen from Spain. This novel, based on the life of the well-known Colombian film director, is a fascinating social and political investigation, as well as an intimate portrait; it also presents a picture of half a century of history that shook the world. Among other awards, Vásquez has received the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize, the IMPAC Prize for The Sound of Things Falling and the 6th Biblioteca Prize for Colombian Fiction for his volume of short stories Canciones para el incendio. His novels and stories have been translated into a dozen different languages.

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Tomás González in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

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The Antioquia writer, Tomás González, is the author of a dozen novels, poetry collections and books of short stories, which have been translated into French, English, German and Italian. His most recent novel, El fin del Océano Pacífico (2020), tells the story of Ignacio, a doctor who undertakes a trip to the Pacific accompanied by his family, in search of the meaning of life. In conversation with Camilo Hoyos.

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Johana Bahamón in conversation with Juan Lozano

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Johana Bahamón is an actor, entrepreneur and Executive President of the Acción Interna Foundation, an organization that supports and manages opportunities for the prison and former convict populations of Colombia. She is the author of Historias privadas de la libertad, eight stories telling the lives of present and former prisoners, along with a testimony given by the writer of how her experience with them transformed her completely. Bahamón will talk to the journalist Juan Lozano.

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Event 35

Concert: Sexteto Jazz Comfenalco

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Imagine the world a jazz and literature musical journey in homage to all the writers and artists that have made possible this edition of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2021.

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Concert: Sexteto Jazz Comfenalco

Event P16

Alfonso Múnera in conversation with Javier Ortiz Cassiani

Let's talk about Afrocolombian history

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Alfonso Múnera (Colombia), speaks with Javier Ortiz Cassiani about Afrocolombian history, racism and the relevance of revisiting hegemonic histories, looking into his two recently published books, Fronteras imaginadas (Imagined borders) and El fracaso de la nación (The failure of the nation). Fronteras Imaginadas looks into knowledge and thought throughout seven essays, it analyses a series of ideas and reflections on how a group of intellectuals built a dominant thought system about the Colombian nation in the republic of the 19th century, with profound racist connotations, that considered black and indigenous people as inferior beings and the Caribbean and Pacific coasts as marginal territories, withdrawn from progress. El fracaso de la nación acquired its validity by being the first book to show the relevance of black people and mulattos in the founding of the Colombian nation in a systematic and convincing way, and the dramatic conflict between the regions that formed the republic. This talk will remain recorded on the Hay Festival website for later viewing.

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Event 36

Gilles Lipovetsky in conversation with Antonio Morales

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Gilles Lipovetsky (France) is one of the most important philosophers, sociologists and communications theorists of the last five decades; he is a great analyst of the contemporary world and subjects such as hyper-consumption, postmodernity, the media and individualism. His books include L’ère du vide, L’Empire de l’éphémère, andL’occidente mondialisé. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and has honorary doctorates from various universities in Europe and North America. His most recent book is Plaire et toucher. Essai sur la société de séduction (2020), and it examines seduction from two perspectives: on one hand, the erotic, which covers courtship mechanisms and dynamics involving couples; on the other hand, forms of contemporary domination: economics, politics and education. Lipovetsky will talk to Antonio Morales.

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Event 37

Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Pilar Quintana

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The multi-award winning writer, publisher and literary critic Bernardine Evaristo (United Kingdom) has published eight novels and is a keen activist in favour of multiracial inclusion in the creative industries. Her latest book, Girl, Woman, Other, shared the 2019 Booker Prize with Margaret Atwood. The novel relates the lives of black families in the United Kingdom through a transgenerational look at the stories of twelve protagonists, most of whom are black women. Since its Booker success, the work has been translated into over 30 languages.

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Event 38

Edwidge Danticat in conversation with Frank Báez

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The award-winning Haitian-US writer Edwidge Danticat is the author of around 20 books of fiction, short stories and non-fiction. Her work covers themes related to women, Haitian identity, racialization, the dynamics of power, poverty and injustice. Her most recent book is Everything Inside (2019), a collection of stories set in Miami and the Caribbean, which range from love to tragedy, and from intimacy to the family. In conversation with Frank Báez.

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Event 39

Vanessa Springora in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

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The publisher, writer and filmmaker Vanessa Springora presents her powerful first work, Le consentement, which is being translated into numerous languages. The novel shows us Vanessa Springora aged thirteen, when she meets Gabriel Matzneff, a writer 36 years older than her, who shows his intense feelings for her, blinding her to the predatory nature of what came afterwards. Three decades later, the author reflects on the story, questions the social context that surrounded it and the implications of that incipient and inexpert consent. In conversation with the Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel.

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Event 40

Paul Auster in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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The writer and filmmaker Paul Auster (United States) is the author of dozens of books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which have been translated into around forty languages. He is a member of the US Academy of Arts and Letters, an honorary doctor from the University of Liege, a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters, and a 2006 Princess of Asturias Award winner. Auster is the author of classics such as The New York Trilogy (1985-1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Book of Illusions (2002) and 4 3 2 1 (2017). He will talk to Marta Orrantia.

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Event 41

Peter Singer in conversation with Mauricio Diazgranados

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Peter Singer (Australia) is a philosopher and Bioethics lecturer, known for his international bestseller, Animal Liberation, and for his essays on global poverty. His most recent book, Ethics in the Real World, compiles 83 of his articles covering his thought on subjects that are impossible to ignore, such as abortion, euthanasia and animal rights. In conversation with Mauricio Diazgranados

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