Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 – Online Events

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Event 1

Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with Javier Moreno

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The American Joseph Stiglitz is one of the world’s most eminent experts on the subject of economics. This Columbia University professor and former Chief Economist at the World Bank was a Nobel prizewinner in 2001 and was an advisor to President Clinton; he is the author of a number of books on capitalism and globalization. His most recent book, Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy. An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity explores the current European crisis, with an emphasis on the problems that have been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic: sluggish growth, cuts to social programmes, and the appearance and rise of far-right political movements.

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Alonso Salmerón, Alberto Sánchez de Gregorio, Maru Urbina and Paula Vázquez in conversation with Ana Cañellas

New bookshops for new readers. Mexico and Spain

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With the arrival of the pandemic, the usual gloomy predictions regarding the fate of the book were joined by new ones announcing the death of bookshops. However, despite the forecasts, many new and vibrant bookselling projects have sprung up. Bookshops receive widespread sympathy and support, being a model of local commerce and because of their capacity to create links and build community. The conversation at this event will be on the subject of the difficulties being experienced in Mexico, with its great lack of independent bookshops, very unlike the situation in Spain, where they have a very strong presence. In conversation with Ana Cañellas will be Alonso Salmerón (El Desastre bookshop, Mexico City); Alberto Sánchez de Gregorio from ¡¡¡Tremenda!!! bookshop (Granada, Spain); Maru Urbina from the children’s bookshop and workshop Letrasconmás (San Luis Potosi, Mexico); and Paula Vázquez, from the bookshop Lata Peinada (Barcelona and Madrid, Spain).

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Paco Roca in conversation with Felipe Rosete

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The graphic novel has become an established form of artistic expression, as much as literature itself, and the award-winning Spanish illustrator and cartoonist, Paco Roca, is one of the form’s most outstanding artists at the present time. His body of work includes around 30 graphic books, published in over ten countries. His most recent graphic novel, written together with the US expert on Spain, Robert Coale, is Los surcos del azar (2021), which looks at the role of Spain during the Second World War. It is told from the point of view of Miguel Ruiz, a Spanish republican in exile in France. He will talk about this extraordinary work with Felipe Rosete.

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Emiliano Becerril, Nicolás Cuéllar Camarena, Zacarías Lara and Susana Romanos in conversation with Diego Aristizábal

Inside pages: it’s not all about the multinationals

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In recent decades, the publishing market has experienced a striking degree of concentration, becoming dominated by a handful of publishing conglomerates, and the arrival of the pandemic has brought even more difficulties to independent publishers. Nonetheless, even considering the problematic outlook, small publishers continue to resist with a startling richness and diversity of proposals. On this occasion, we will talk to young Mexican and Spanish publishers who have managed to find a market niche even during these difficult times, at the head of projects of great professionalism and cultural ambition. Emiliano Becerril (Elefanta Editorial, Mexico), Nicolás Cuéllar Camarena (Dharma Books+Publishing, Mexico), Zacarías Lara (Editorial Barrett, Spain) and Susana Romanos (Greylock Editorial, Spain). They will talk to Diego Aristizábal.

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Event 3

Javier Cercas in conversation with Emiliano Monge

Book of the month

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The award-winning Spanish writer and columnist, Javier Cercas, is the author of around a dozen novels, including the classic Soldiers of Salamis, and his work has been translated into over 30 languages. His most recent work is Independencia (2021), which features the return of Melchor Marín, the detective and protagonist of the bestselling Terra Alta (2019 Planeta Prize). This time he will have to unravel a case of blackmail, the victim of which is the mayor of Barcelona. The matter brings him into contact with all the vices and perversions of the highest spheres of political and economic power in the city. He will talk to the Mexican writer Emiliano Monge.

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Nancy García, Eduardo Loza and Carlos Rojas

Fixing what is broken: the state of the book in Latin America. A Lecturable marketing agency project

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In Latin America there were discussions around our editorial industry that were dissolved or accelerated when the pandemic arrived. While we were going through the change towards a digital paradigm, we were looking for our readers to shelter them in times of uncertainty. We lost sales, but not allies. The traditional business model broke, but we found new bridges and spaces for cooperation. More than a year and a half into this "new normal", we gather the voices of some of the main characters of the Latin American book industry, so we can share what we have done, what has changed and what stays the same.

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Event 4

Ted Gioia in conversation with Mariana H

Is subversion in music dead?

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The US jazz expert Ted Gioia, a musician, composer, writer and lecturer, will talk to Mariana H. Together they will explore some of the ideas about music that Gioia has presented in his latest book, Music. A Subversive History (2019). This long essay presents the history of music, but instead of looking at matters of technique or style, it focuses on the relationship between music and everyday life, human experience, socio-political movements and pop culture. The conversation that all music-lovers have been waiting for.

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Juan Pablo Grunewaldt, Esteban Restrepo and Marc Subirats in conversation with Myriam Vidriales

Has the digital book trade in Ibero-America exploded?

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All the figures seem to indicate that, during the pandemic, online sales platforms have positioned themselves strongly in the Ibero-American book market. Companies that specialize in this area, hardly known in pre-pandemic days, have become major actors and are able to fight the giants of digital commerce for spaces and customers. Juan Pablo Grunewaldt (Buscalibre.com, Santiago, Chile), Esteban Restrepo (Buks Librería, Medellin) and Marc Subirats (Bookshop, Barcelona) will talk to Myriam Vidriales.

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Event 5

Remedios Zafra in conversation with Anel Pérez

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The author and scientist Remedios Zafra (Spain), winner of the 2017 Anagrama Essay Prize for her book El entusiasmo. Precariedad y trabajo creativo en la era digital, presents her most recent publication, Frágiles. Cartas sobre la ansiedad y la esperanza en la nueva cultura (2021), which explores the complex dynamics behind immaterial and creative work, as well as the anguish and unease that can result from an, apparently privileged, life that is lived according to production and work.

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Event 6

A.C. Grayling in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Imagine the World Q & A

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We at the Hay Festival, with the support of our regional ally SURA and working together with El País have worked with some of the world’s most brilliant minds in order to offer the Imagine the World series of digital events. This fourth event pays homage to the work of the philosopher Edgar Morin, crucial for an understanding of the contemporary world’s challenges and problems. The great British writer and philosopher, A.C. Grayling, will reflect on the human condition, particularly in the light of his magnum opus The Good Book. A Secular Bible, in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa.

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Event 7

Tamara Tenenbaum in conversation with Gina Jaramillo

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In her life and work, Tamara Tenenbaum has explored very different points of view related to matters such as emotions and love, and she has done so based on feminist theory, a philosophical background, and her own experiences with people and with her own body. A Philosophy graduate from the University of Buenos Aires, she is a university lecturer, a writer and a journalist. She has contributed to publications such as La Nación, Infobae, Anfibai, Orsai and Vice. In her book El fin del amor. Amar y follar en el siglo XXIlooks in a challenging way at our views of romantic love, while considering things like the culture of consent, motherhood, being single, monogamy, polyamory, open relationships, and dating websites like Tinder. In conversation with Gina Jaramillo.

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Event 8

Solovino in concert

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The first night of the festival comes to an end to the sound of Afro-funk and Latin music, with the Queretaro group Solovino, who will light up the stage with their sabrofunk and vibrant mixture of Latin rhythms. Let’s dance!

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Solovino in concert

Event 9

J.M.G. Le Clézio in conversation with Julián Herbert

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J.M.G. Le Clézio won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008 and is the author of over 40 books, translated into dozens of languages. He has often talked about the importance of his time in Mexico for his life and literature, particularly in terms of the possibilities it offered for seeing the world from a perspective other than that of western Europe. On this occasion, he will take part in the Hay Festival Queretaro to talk about his most recent book, Chanson Bretonne (2021), which talks about a childhood in Brittany during the war, and is a reflection on nationalisms, identities and social transitions not unlike those he experienced in his early life. In conversation with Julián Herbert.

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Claudia Bautista and Jesús Trueba in conversation with José Manuel Anta

Collaborative efforts. Lessons for survival in changing times

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Despite the great difficulties they have experienced, independent bookshops and publishing houses have managed to create spaces for cooperation in order to get through the pandemic, facing up, at the same time, to the major and expanding role of the big e-commerce platforms. We will look at two experiences: RELI Red de Librerías Independientes (Mexico) and Todostuslibros.com (Spain). Claudia Bautista, from RELI and Jesús Trueba, from Todostuslibros.com talk to José Manuel Anta.

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Event 10

James Rhodes in conversation with Lydia Cacho

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James Rhodes (United Kingdom) is neither a pianist or a writer. Besides being one of the most eminent renovators of classical music on an international level, he is the author of one of the most impactful memoirs of recent years: Instrumental, where he exposes the child abuse he suffered and praises the healing power of music. A Save the Children ambassador and tireless campaigner for the improvement of laws that protect childhood all around the world, Rhodes will talk to Lydia Cacho, another great example of international activism, in a conversation that promises to be both revealing and significant.

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Event 11

David Grossman in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

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David Grossman is one of the most outstanding figures in contemporary Israeli letters. Apart from his impressive output of literary and non-fiction work, has also become involved in activism, seeking peace in a convulsive part of the world. He has written around 15 novels and five works of non-fiction, including A Horse Walks into a Bar (Man Booker International Prize), translated into many different languages. His most recent book is the novel Life Plays with Me (2021), a masterly family saga that recounts the experiences of three generations of women in the Balkans and the oppression they undergo during the Soviet period. He will talk to Guadalupe Nettel.

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Event 12

Amin Maalouf in conversation with Guillermo Altares

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Amin Maalouf (Lebanon/France) is considered to be one of the most outstanding writers of French letters, and has won awards such as the Goncourt Novel Prize (1993) and the Prince of Asturias Literature Award (2010). His works include Le naufrage des civilisations, Leo Africanus and In the Name of Identity. At this event he will talk about Nos frères inattendus (2020), a novel about the experiences of Alec, an artist, and Eve, a successful writer, who live on a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean. One day, the total failure of all means of communication indicates that the outside world has experienced an extraordinary and inexplicable transformation. This is a powerful parable for understanding the dilemma of our civilization and its uncertainty about the future. In conversation with the El País journalist, Guillermo Altares.

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Event 13

Ken Loach and Isabella Lorusso in conversation with Diego Rabasa

Fighting Women

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Fighting Women is a compilation of interviews of Spanish women who took part in the civil war. Some took up arms and fought at the front, others participated in organizations such as POUM, Mujeres Libres or other anarchist groups. All of them fought against the nationalist forces and for women’s emancipation, and together they achieved social progress such as free, legal abortion. They started a revolution, and to do so they not only had to fight fascism, but sometimes also their own brothers-in-arms. The great impact of these testimonies invites us to reflect on a struggle that belongs to another time and yet is relevant today. Diego Rabasa (Mexico) talks to the film director Ken Loach (United Kingdom) and Isabella Lorusso (Italy), about this extraordinary message of rebellion and justice.

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Event 14

Avi Loeb in conversation with Mario Arriagada Cuadriello

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In 2012, Avi Loeb (Israel/United States) was selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of the year for his research into outer space. He is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Science, and manages various astronomy and astrophysics projects, such as Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ Institute for Theory and Computation, and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s Science section. His work as a popular scientist covers themes such as the birth of stars, black holes, the future of the universe and extra-terrestrial life. His most recent book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth (2021) is about the discovery in 2017 of an interstellar object that sparked a serious debate into the possibility that it might be an artefact of alien technology. Avi Loeb, who began the discussion, tells the story in a book that is essential for an understanding of the situation that astronomy as a science finds itself in, one that reflects on humanity’s place in the universe today.

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Event 15

Daniela Tarazona and Elvira Valgañón in conversation with Claudia Ivonne Hernández

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The original and innovative Mexican writer, Daniela Tarazona, is the author of the novels El animal sobre la piedra and El beso de la liebre, as well as a study of the famous Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. She was named as one of Latin America’s 25 Literary Secrets by the Guadalajara International Book Fair and is a member of the FONCA National Network of Artists. Her most recent novel is Isla partida. The Spanish writer Elvira Valgañón has a degree in Spanish and English Philology and is the author of the novels Luna cornata and Invierno. Her most recent book is Línea de penumbra, a collection of stories inspired by figures that appear in the work of great painters such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Hans Memling, Francis Bacon, Caravaggio, Hieronymus Bosch and Domenico Ghirlandaio. They will talk to Claudia Ivonne Hernández about their most recent books.

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