Hay Festival Querétaro 2021

The events from Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 are available on Hay Player

Event 25

Carissa Véliz in conversation with Mónica Meltis

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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How do big corporations and governments use our data to manipulate our behaviour? Up to what point should this be permitted, and how should regulations deal with actions that end up affecting the realities of our societies? Carissa Véliz (United Kingdom) is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford University’s Institute for Practical Ethics, and a regular contributor to publications including El País, The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman and The Independent. In her book Privacy is Power (Transworld, 2020) she analyses these matters, as well as others that are of critical importance to our time, arguing in favour of the prohibition of the sale of personal data. In conversation with Mónica Meltis.

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Event HJ3

BBC digital journalism workshop with Carolina Robino

Hay Joven ITESM
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Essential workshop on digital journalism with Carolina Robino (Chile), the Director of BBC Mundo, in which she talks about the digital model of one of the world’s most respected media organizations. Robino started working as a journalist as a writer with La Época newspaper, the first opposition media outlet founded during Pinochet’s regime. Later she worked as national and culture editor of the Chilean magazine Hoy. In the year 2000 she moved to BBC Mundo, where she has worked as a reporter, a video editor, General Editor and Director, her current position.

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BBC digital journalism workshop with Carolina Robino

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Margaret MacMillan talks to Enrique Krauze (English version)

Is war inevitable?

Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro
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The eminent historian Margaret MacMillan (Canada) lectures at the University of Oxford and is the author of various books that cover, among other subjects, that devastating and urgent matter, one that is a threat in all civilizations: war. Her book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us (2020) examines the role of war in the history of humanity. Since the end of the Second World War, humanity has experienced what Steven Pinker has called “the long peace”, a period in which much of humanity has enjoyed an absence of major wars. However, MacMillan questions this idea and analyses the continuous military conflicts that have occurred since 1945. Her latest book published in Spanish is 1914. De la paz a la guerra (2021), which is an account of the political, social, cultural and economic forces that brought about the First World War. These essays ask us some disturbing questions: is war an inherent part of human nature? Is it inevitable? MacMillan explores these crucial questions with the eminent writer and historian, Enrique Krauze.

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Event 24

Andrea Chapela, Aura García-Junco and Alejandro Morellón in conversation with Valerie Miles

Granta 2021

Teatro de la Ciudad
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In recent decades, one of the world’s literary events has been publication by Granta magazine of its lists of the best fiction writers in a certain territory aged under 35. Over the years the writers on these lists have gradually established themselves internationally. In 2021, the second list for Spanish-language writers appeared, and three of those selected will talk to Valerie Miles, the Publishing Manager of the Spanish-language edition of Granta. Andrea Chapela studied Chemistry at UNAM and did a Master’s in Creative Writing (in Spanish) at the University of Iowa. She has won the 2019 Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize and the 2019 Juan José Arreola National Prize. She is the author of the series of fantasy literature, Vâudïz. Alejandro Morellón (Spain) won the 2017 Hispano-American Short Story Prize for the collection El estado natural de las cosas, and he is the author of the novel Caballo sea la noche (2019). Aura García-Junco (Mexico) is a Philology graduate of UNAM. She writes fiction, essays and screenplays. She has published the novel Anticitera, artefacto dentado (2019) and several translations. Her second book, A., will be published at the end of 2021.

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Event 26

Mario Arriagada Cuadriello, Alexandra Haas and Ana Magaloni in conversation with Jacobo García

What can we learn from the pandemic?

Cineteca Rosalío Solano
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One of the terrible lessons that the pandemic has taught us is that the worst of the health and financial consequences have fallen on the poorest nations, and poorest populations within nations. This has emphasised the large and growing economic gaps that exist around the world today. Perhaps it would be true to say that each country has experienced its own version of the pandemic, and this event is a moment to reflect on the specific case of Mexico, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries.The journalist Mario Arriagada Cuadriello; the Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico, Alexandra Haas; and the academic, Ana Laura Magaloni will talk to Jacobo García about this extraordinary moment.

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Event 27

Verónica E. Llaca and Ana Negri in conversation with Imanol Martínez

Centro Cultural Comunitario Epigmenio González
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The writer and journalist Verónica E. Llaca has worked with different media outlets, and has edited the magazine Ser y Estar. She is the author de the novels Cuerpos en renta (2011), La simetría de los árboles (2016) and her most recent work, El llanto debajo del llanto (2021). The publisher and writer Ana Negri, who has a doctorate in Hispanic Studies from McGill University, Montreal, presents her literary debut, Los eufemismos, a novel about the relationship between Clara, a women aged 30, and her mother, an exile from the Argentinean dictatorship. They will talk to Imanol Martínez.

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Event HJ6

Writing short stories with Braulio Guerra Mendoza

Universidad Anáhuac - Auditorio Nuria y Jesús Rubin
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The Queretaro writer and publisher Braulio Guerra Mendoza is the winner of the second State Competition for Young Adult Literature, run by the Queretaro State Department for Youth in 2020. That same year he was a fellow of the San Miguel de Allende International Writers’ Festival. He is the author of the books Microcuentos del Mago and 8 cuentos sobre el espíritu animal. He will give a workshop on writing stories.

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Writing short stories with Braulio Guerra Mendoza

Event 28

Web documentary El Tema presents episode 5: Océanos. Followed by Yásnaya Aguilar and Mina Morsán in conversation with Claudia Ivonne Hernández

Cineteca Rosalío Solano
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El Tema, an original idea by Gael García Bernal and Pablo Montaño, directed by Santiago Maza and produced by La Corriente del Golfo, is a web series of six short documentaries that cover some of the most urgent matters related to the climate crisis in Mexico. The series is presented by the actor, director and producer, Gael García Bernal, and the writer and linguist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar. At this event we present episode five, Océanos, which looks at the coral reefs of the island of Cozumel. The ocean gave us life and is the planet’s main climate regulator. 1% of the seafloor has coral, an ultra-diverse ecosystem that is home to a quarter of the world’s fish species. Yet 0.5% of this has been destroyed by human activity. It is time to stop turning our back on the sea. With Yásnaya Aguilar and Mina Morsán, in conversation with Claudia Ivonne Hernández.

Language: Spanish

Documentary duration: 12 minutes

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Event 29

Élmer Mendoza in conversation with Luis Jorge Boone

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Élmer Mendoza is widely considered to be the pioneer and major writer within the sub-genre of narcoliterature. For a long time before it had become an established form, he had been writing memorable novels, an example of which would be El amante de Janis Joplin, with social commentary made possible by growing up hearing these kinds of stories in the real life around him. Mendoza is the Professor of Literature at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, a member of the Mexican Academy of the Language and the author of over 20 novels and short story collections. His most recent work is Ella entró por la ventana del baño (2021), in which Lefty Mendieta, the attractive character that we met in novels like Silver Bullets and Asesinato en el parque Sinaloa, is out to capture The Sicilian, the pitiless leader of a band of former army drug traffickers, while he helps a dying man find an old love. In conversation with the writer Luis Jorge Boone.

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Event 30

Philippe Claudel in conversation with Gabriel Hörner (Spanish version)

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The award-winning French writer and film and television director Philippe Claudel is the author of 16 novels, translated into at least 11 languages. His most recent book, which has already sold 200 thousand copies around the world, is La petite fille de Monsieur Lihn (2020), the story of a man who, fleeing war, arrives on the French coast with his granddaughter in his arms: he does not know where he is and has no knowledge of the language. Claudel talks to Gabriel Hörner about his writing and his cinematographic vision.

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Philippe Claudel in conversation with Gabriel Hörner (French version)

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The award-winning French writer and film and television director Philippe Claudel is the author of 16 novels, translated into at least 11 languages. His most recent book, which has already sold 200 thousand copies around the world, is La petite fille de Monsieur Lihn (2020), the story of a man who, fleeing war, arrives on the French coast with his granddaughter in his arms: he does not know where he is and has no knowledge of the language. Claudel talks to Gabriel Hörner about his writing and his cinematographic vision.

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Event 31

Sabina Berman in conversation with Gabriela Warkentin

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The fiction writer, dramatist and journalist Sabina Berman has, for some time, been an important presence on the Mexican cultural scene, having created plays that have become milestones for our time. These include Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda and Feliz nuevo siglo, doktor Freud. She has also won prizes, including the Frankfurt International Book Fair award for her novel La mujer que buceó dentro del corazón del mundo, translated into numerous languages. This time she presents her most recent novel, HDP, in which a businessman by the name of Hugo David Prado, who lives in the upper reaches of wealth and power, decides to use a global pandemic for his personal benefit. In conversation with the journalist Gabriela Warkentin.

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Event 32

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Ana Laura Magaloni (Spanish version)

Democracy in danger

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Although just a few years ago it would have seemed impossible, there now exists a considerable consensus around the idea that Western democracies are in serious danger, faced with the rise of authoritarianism, nationalism, autocracy and the extreme right. The writer and historian Anne Applebaum (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for Gulag (2004), presents her most recent book, which tackles these and other themes: Twilight of Democracy. The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (2020). Applebaum argues that through poisonous, simplistic and seductive messages, authoritarianism uses the media, the social media, political polarization and conspiracy theories to set up a worrying attack on democratic values, values that are defended in her book. She will talk to the jurist and academic Ana Laura Magaloni.

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Event 33

Pablo d’Ors and Mónica Nepote in conversation with José Manuel Velasco

Into the country of silence

Centro Cultural Comunitario Carrillo Puerto
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The Queretaro publishing house, Gris Tormenta, presents a beautiful collection of texts in which different authors from different countries reflect on something that is necessary to us in order to be fully human: silence, something that is becoming ever rarer in our world. The writer, theologian, priest, practitioner of Zen meditation, and founder of the Amigos del Desierto association, Pablo d’Ors (Spain), and the publisher and writer Mónica Nepote (Mexico), talk to the book’s editor, José Manuel Velasco.

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Anne Applebaum in conversation with Ana Laura Magaloni (English version)

Democracy in danger

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Although just a few years ago it would have seemed impossible, there now exists a considerable consensus around the idea that Western democracies are in serious danger, faced with the rise of authoritarianism, nationalism, autocracy and the extreme right. The writer and historian Anne Applebaum (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for Gulag (2004), presents her most recent book, which tackles these and other themes: Twilight of Democracy. The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (2020). Applebaum argues that through poisonous, simplistic and seductive messages, authoritarianism uses the media, the social media, political polarization and conspiracy theories to set up a worrying attack on democratic values, values that are defended in her book. She will talk to the jurist and academic Ana Laura Magaloni.

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Anne Applebaum in conversation with Ana Laura Magaloni (English version)

Event HJ4

Fiorella Fenoglio

Myths and facts about Querétaro

Sede digital UNAM
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On the 25th of July this year, the city of Santiago de Queretaro will celebrate its 490th anniversary: almost five centuries of history involving indigenous peoples, colonialism, the city’s crucial role in Mexican independence, and contemporary culture. For these reasons, Queretaro has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. However, there are a series of myths and legends regarding the prehispanic origins of the city, who were its first peoples who came in contact with the Spaniards and how its founding took place. Fiorella Fenoglio, a research archaeologist at the INAH Queretaro Centre, a heritage expert and a tireless promoter of cultural patrimony, will present a lecture on Queretaro’s material culture, in this very special year.

Event for university students

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Fiorella Fenoglio

Event TE6

Talento Editorial. Eduardo de la Garma, Jacobo Zanella and Ana Paula Zárate in conversation with Gabriel Hörner

Lo local también existe. Querétaro como ejemplo

Sede Talento Editorial
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Among the few positive consequences of the pandemic has been the rediscovery of the streets of our towns and cities, as "the local" has become more relevant, expressed in concepts such as local commerce and community culture. Thus, there is a growing awareness that the very participation of the global implies a closer link with the immediate environment. The world of books is of course no stranger to this phenomenon, which is why the importance of different cultural agents in the local environment has been highlighted. In order to reflect on the subject, Eduardo de la Garma, from La Comezón bookstore; Jacobo Zanella, from Gris Tormenta publishing house, and Ana Paula Zárate, from Casablanca Colectivo, will discuss their present and future with Gabriel Hörner.
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Talento Editorial. Eduardo de la Garma, Jacobo Zanella and Ana Paula Zárate in conversation with Gabriel Hörner

Event 34

El País event: Francisco de Roux in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

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The chair of the Colombian Truth Commission, Francisco de Roux, will talk about this extraordinary analysis carried out in the country in order to establish a legal and sociological framework given the impact of decades of violence. The work of this commission has become a model for similar peace processes around the world. De Roux will talk to the editor of El País Mexico, Jan Martínez Ahrens.

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Event 35

Hay Fórum Dallas: Anne Boyer in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa (Spanish version)

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Among the many things wrong with our current socioeconomic system is not just the fact that healthcare is a privilege for the few, but that a whole illness industry exists that is structured around making a profit from those who are unwell, often with serious illnesses. The poet, essayist and lecturer Anne Boyer (United States) won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for The Undying. A Meditation on Modern Illness, an acute and lucid work that tells of her own experience as a survivor of an aggressive breast cancer, which led her to live through and understand some chilling realities. Boyer is also the author of books such as The Romance of Happy Workers (2008), The 2000s (2009), Garments Against Women (2015) and A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018). In conversation with Eduardo Rabasa.

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Hay Fórum Dallas: Anne Boyer in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa (English version)

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Among the many things wrong with our current socioeconomic system is not just the fact that healthcare is a privilege for the few, but that a whole illness industry exists that is structured around making a profit from those who are unwell, often with serious illnesses. The poet, essayist and lecturer Anne Boyer (United States) won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for The Undying. A Meditation on Modern Illness, an acute and lucid work that tells of her own experience as a survivor of an aggressive breast cancer, which led her to live through and understand some chilling realities. Boyer is also the author of books such as The Romance of Happy Workers (2008), The 2000s (2009), Garments Against Women (2015) and A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018). In conversation with Eduardo Rabasa.

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Event 36

Saxodia in concert

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Based on an academic musical education and well as a profound interest in different kinds of music, such as Mexican popular music and jazz, Saxodia has created a unique style for saxophone quartets. The group was founded in Queretaro city in 2006 with the goal of creating a space for young people to learn the instrument and experiment with its possibilities. To end the day, the ensemble will offer a concert that fuses the best of jazz with some Mexican touches.

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Saxodia in concert

Event 37

Muriel Barbery in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Spanish version)

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The writer Muriel Barbery (France) has brought joy to millions of readers with the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, winner of the French Booksellers’ Prize, a The New York Times bestseller, and made into a film in 2008. Her most recent book is A Single Rose (2021), the story of Rose, a 40-year-old woman who travels for the first time in her life to Japan in order to read the will of her father, whom she never met. On the trip, she unearths the secrets of her family’s past and discovers the fascinations of Japanese culture. She will talk to the writer and journalist Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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Event HF1

Liniers in conversation with Mariana H

Hay Festivalito
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The Argentinean cartoonist Liniers has become one of the best-known practitioners of the genre on the international scene, attracting comparisons with the impact made in their day by figures such as Quino and Fontanarrosa. His famous comic strip Macanudo, with its unique and dreamlike fantasy elements, is read around the world. He also specializes in giving curious portraits of everyday reality, through characters such as Enriqueta, the girl who loves to read; the adorable monster Olga; and the Mysterious Man in Black. Liniers has also done front covers for magazines including The New Yorker, and album covers for musicians such as Kevin Johansen and Andrés Calamaro. Furthermore, he has founded the publishing company Común. His most recent book, for children, is called Flores salvajes. Liniers will share the secrets of his own particular universe with a Hay Festival audience. He will talk to Mariana H.

For children aged 4 to 12

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Muriel Barbery in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo (French version)

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The writer Muriel Barbery (France) has brought joy to millions of readers with the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, winner of the French Booksellers’ Prize, a The New York Times bestseller, and made into a film in 2008. Her most recent book is A Single Rose (2021), the story of Rose, a 40-year-old woman who travels for the first time in her life to Japan in order to read the will of her father, whom she never met. On the trip, she unearths the secrets of her family’s past and discovers the fascinations of Japanese culture. She will talk to the writer and journalist Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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Event 38

Fernanda Melchor in conversation with David Trueba

Cuadernos hispanoamericanos

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos project aims to boost knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of diverse origins. The initiative consists of having an established author select a young writer from the other side of the Atlantic. For the 2021 Hay Festival Queretaro, the Spanish writer and filmmaker, David Trueba, will talk to the award-winning writer Fernanda Melchor (Mexico), author of novels such as Temporada de huracanes and Páradais, her most recent work. This is a meeting to build bridges between different continents and perceptions.

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Event HF2

A radiowaves workshop, with Tere Alcántara

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Probably many curious children have asked some of the following questions: what is the radio? What makes it create sound? What are the basic elements inside a radio set? What is a presenter? What are advertisements for? At this interesting, fun event, Tere Alcántara will explain all this and answer other questions, as well as teaching us how to make a homemade microphone with an empty milk carton, a piece of cloth, a hands-free set with a wire, glue and scissors.

Ages 6 and over

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A radiowaves workshop, with Tere Alcántara

Event 39

Pola Oloixarac and Patrick Deville in conversation with Santiago Gamboa

Writing the Amazon

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The Argentinean writer Pola Oloixarac, selected by Granta magazine as one of the best Spanish-language fiction writers in 2010, was awarded the 2020 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Prize, being awarded a research period at the British Library to carry out investigation for her project about the Amazonian literary world, Atlas de la Amazonía (2021). The French writer Patrick Deville has published Amazonia (soon to be published in Spanish), which tells the story of the journey he undertook with his son along the river; the book explores the legend of the river of a thousand secrets, covers the first European intrusions, and invites the reader on a beautiful geographical, historical and literary journey. They will talk to the Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa about the challenge of writing about this region through experience and research.

Event in Spanish and French with Spanish subtitles

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Event 40

Daniel Krauze and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Liliana Blum

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Daniel Krauze (Mexico) is a fiction and screenwriter, author of two books of short stories and two novels, including Fallas de origen, winner of the 2012 Letras Nuevas Prize. His most recent book, Tenebra (2021), tells the story of a Mexican politician told through the book’s two main characters, Julio Rangel, who works with senator Óscar Luna, and Martín Ferrer, a man obsessed with this politician. The award-winning writer and journalist, Santiago Roncagliolo, (Peru) was selected in 2007 as one of the 39 best Latin American fiction writers aged under 40. His novel Abril rojo won the 2006 Alfaguara Novel Prize. His most recent novel, Y líbranos del mal (2021), is about the terrible family secrets uncovered by the protagonist, Jimmy, when he travels from Lima to Miami to care for his ill grandmother. In conversation with the writer Liliana Blum.

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Event HF3

Laura Castellanos and Brenda Castro

#TerremotoFeminista: the march

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The writer and journalist Laura Castellanos and the illustrator Brenda Castro present La marcha del #TerremotoFeminista, an illustrated work of non-fiction that contextualizes feminism, from the origins of the patriarchy to the feminist movements of the 21st century. Readers follow Sofi, a teenager who joins the demonstrations that are protesting the oppression of the patriarchal system, and with whom we learn about all the victories won, and about all that still remains to be done.


From 12 years on

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Event 41

Cristina Rivera Garza in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

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The eminent Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza, award-winning novelist, essayist, librettist and poet, including some of the great works of Spanish-language literature such as No One Will See Me Cry (2003). She presents El invencible verano de Liliana (2021), an unsettling testimony by the author about the femicide of her sister, Liliana Rivera Garza, an architecture student who decided to take control of her life and leave an abusive relationship that had been going on for years, until her life was ended by her former partner. The book tells a terrible story that is the result of the system of patriarchal violence that we are all caught up in. Rivera Garza will talk to Guillermo Núñez about this powerful work.

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Event 42

Joselo Rangel in conversation with Mariana H

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Joselo Rangel is a founder member, guitarist and song-writer with one of the great bands of Mexican rock, Café Tacvba. He has also had a respected literary career, with the publication of the book of essays Crócknicas marcianas, followed by the book of short stories One hit wonder (2015), the novel Los desesperados (2018) and his most recent book, La niña aburrida (2021). He will talk about the links between music and literature, his literary work, and the book he is writing now, with Mariana H.

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Event 43

Rosa Beltrán in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Cineteca Rosalío Solano
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Rosa Beltrán (Mexico) is an acclaimed novelist, short story writer, essayist, translator and Doctor of Comparative Literature. She has been a professor in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Israel. She is the author of six novels, the most recent of which is Radicales libres (2021), a novel in which the author examines the life of Rosa Beltrán, and explores over six decades of Mexican history through the experiences of women from three different generations. In conversation with Liliet Heredero.

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Event 44

Facundo Manes in conversation with Carlos Serrano

The brain and the future

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Is the human brain still evolving? Are the new technologies affecting it? The Argentinean neurologist Facundo Manes studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Doctor of Science from the University of Cambridge. He has published various books and produced television programmes such as Los enigmas del cerebro and Cerebro argentino, together with the Literature graduate Mateo Niro. His latest book, written with Niro, is called El cerebro del futuro: ¿Cambiará la vida moderna nuestra esencia?, and it tackles themes such as interdisciplinary work, the impact of the new technologies on the brain, neuroethics, how to treat mental illnesses and the role of science when dealing with social problems. He will talk to the BBC journalist Carlos Serrano.

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Event 45

Juan Villoro in conversation with Vicente Alfonso

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Juan Villoro is one of the most multi-talented, high-profile and prolific writers on the contemporary Spanish-language literary scene. He has won many awards, including the José Donoso Prize in Chile, Spain’s Herralde Prize, Cuba’s Arguedas Prize, the Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico and the Argentinean ACE Award. He has lectured at UNAM, Yale, Princeton and Stanford. His body of work includes plays, articles, literary non-fiction and children’s books, as well as major novels such as El testigo and Llamadas de Ámsterdam, and the book of short stories The Guilty. His most recent novel is entitled La tierra de la gran promesa, and it tells the story of Diego González, a documentary writer who moves to Barcelona to film his latest work, his first ever non-political production. His plans change with a journalist starts to get him involved in an unsolved case of a drugs boss who has featured in one of his documentaries. The protagonist, immersed in politics once again, returns to Mexico to clear up the situation, as well as his own past.

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Event 46

Ana Laura Bravo, Andrea Capetillo and Julio Villanueva in conversation with Pamela Zúñiga

Ellipsis: two generations

Cineteca Rosalío Solano
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Ellipsis is a Hay Festival and British Council project that brings together young editors and writers from all over Mexico to take part in a series of writing and editing courses and, over the course of a year, publish an anthology of short stories. Two generations of young people have had the Ellipsis experience as part of the Hay Festival Queretaro, the first with twelve participants in 2018 and the second with 20 in 2019. Ana Laura Bravo (writer, 2019), Andrea Capetillo (writer, 2019) and Julio Villanueva (editor, 2018) will talk to the Arts Director of the British Council Mexico, Pamela Zúñiga.

Learn more about the Ellipsis experience here

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Event 47

Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with Carla Santana Torres (Spanish version)

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Perhaps the issue of greatest urgency today is the terrible impact that human activity is having on the planet Earth, threatening thousands of species and ecosystems with extinction, and even putting the viability of our own species at risk. Books such as The Sixth Extinction are of great importance for teaching us about this situation. This international bestseller by the journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (United States) won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. In this work the author looks at how human activity has disturbed the balance of nature, to the point that it is the greatest threat to the planet’s biodiversity and on the point of causing the world’s next mass extinction. Kolbert has written regularly for The New Yorker since 1999, specializing in scientific subjects, and in her most recent book, Under a White Sky (2021), she asks what can be done to stop and repair the damage being caused by humans, looking particularly at the work of biologists, engineers and researchers who work tirelessly for the conservation and restoration of nature. In conversation with Carla Santana Torres.

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Event 48

Yásnaya Aguilar, Diego Luna and Antonio Ortuño in conversation with Javier Lafuente

Talking in Mexico

Teatro de la Ciudad
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At a time so polarized as the present, where the public conversation looks more like a competition to see who can impose their view most stridently, dialogue and the ability to listen and to see the world from others’ points of view have become more important than ever as a way to understand each other. So, as a festival of conversations, we are committed to the power of dialogue to build agreement and redefine our present and our future. As part of this spirit, this event brings together the Mixe linguist, writer and activist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar; the actor, director and activist Diego Luna; and the writer and journalist Antonio Ortuño; in conversation with the El País journalist, Javier Lafuente, to exchange points of view on how we can talk about Mexico.

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Event 49

Pilar Quintana, Carmen Rioja and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Imanol Martínez

Reality beats fiction: writing during the pandemic

Cineteca Rosalío Solano
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The effects of the pandemic have been terrible in terms of its consequences on the health and economies of so many, and artistic creation has not been exempt from great difficulties and transformations. Although a lockdown might seem to create the conditions necessary for making art, many writers have talked about their incapacity to do so, among other reasons, because the strange idea that reality might be wilder than fiction had come to pass. Three Latin American writers talk about their personal experiences in the strangest year in recent history. Pilar Quintana (Colombia), Carmen Rioja (Mexico) and Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru), will talk about literature and the pandemic with Imanol Martínez.

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Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with Carla Santana Torres (English version)

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Perhaps the issue of greatest urgency today is the terrible impact that human activity is having on the planet Earth, threatening thousands of species and ecosystems with extinction, and even putting the viability of our own species at risk. Books such as The Sixth Extinction are of great importance for teaching us about this situation. This international bestseller by the journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (United States) won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. In this work the author looks at how human activity has disturbed the balance of nature, to the point that it is the greatest threat to the planet’s biodiversity and on the point of causing the world’s next mass extinction. Kolbert has written regularly for The New Yorker since 1999, specializing in scientific subjects, and in her most recent book, Under a White Sky (2021), she asks what can be done to stop and repair the damage being caused by humans, looking particularly at the work of biologists, engineers and researchers who work tirelessly for the conservation and restoration of nature. In conversation with Carla Santana Torres.

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La Delicia de Alicia in concert

Teatro de la Ciudad
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La Delicia de Alicia play a vibrant, elegant, modern and experimental mixture of jazz with elements of pop genres such as funk, rock and hip hop, topped off with the addition of afrobeat, Latin jazz and Eastern rhythms. To bring a delightful end to the festival Saturday, we present the grooves of La Delicia de Alicia.

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La Delicia de Alicia in concert

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