Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 – In-Person events

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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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Event 15

Daniela Tarazona and Elvira Valgañón in conversation with Claudia Ivonne Hernández

Teatro de la Ciudad
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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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Event 17

David Foenkinos in conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The acclaimed author, screenwriter and jazz musician, David Foenkinos (France), is the author of 18 novels which have been translated into around 40 different languages, and has also written works for the theatre, and books of young adult literature. His novel Delicacy (2012) was shortlisted for the prestigious literary prizes, the Goncourt, Renaudot, Médicis, Femina and the Interallié, and has been made into a film starring Audrey Tautou. His most recent novel Deux seours (2019) begins with Etienne announcing to Mathilde that "he is leaving", after a five-year relationship. Mathilde is shattered, and moves in with her sister and her family. From that point onwards, the plot begins to reveal new and unexpected nuances to the personality of Mathilde, some of them threatening. In conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado.

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Event 19

Hervé Le Tellier in conversation with Yael Weiss

Teatro de la Ciudad
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The great French writer, publisher, literary critic and mathematician Hervé Le Tellier, whose body of work has brought him considerable acclaim, is the author of over 25 novels as well as short stories, essays, plays, poems and articles. He won the 2020 Goncourt Prize, one of France’s foremost literary awards, for L’Anomalie, a novel that explores an unusual event: on 10 March 2021 a flight from Paris to New York makes a difficult landing. Three months later, exactly the same plan lands, with the same passengers and luggage. How is it possible to explain this anomaly, which seems to go against all logic and possibility? He will talk about this extraordinary novel with Yael Weiss.

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Event 20

La Maganza in concert

Teatro de la Ciudad
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Tonight’s concert will feature the Queretaro group La Maganza, who will give a performance for all the family, with an impressive show involving legends and traditions from local culture, conveyed through music and the spoken word.

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Margarita Teresa de Jesús García Gasca and Carla Santana Torres in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Scientists and innovation

Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro - Auditorio Fernández Díaz
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Within the recent pandemic context more and more people have acknowledged that without research and and scientific development, humanity would not be where it is now. In this talk, starting with the short film “Not the science type”, premiered in the Tribeca Film Festival (New York), Margarita Teresa de Jesús García Gasca and Carla Santana Torres, both innovative female scientists, talk about the vital role of innovative women from different backgrounds who defy stereotypes and inspire future generations. They will talk to Liliet Heredero.

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Event HJ5

Luz del Carmen Magaña

Universidad Anáhuac - Auditorio Nuria y Jesús Rubin
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Luz del Carmen Magaña es artista plástica y doctora en Artes por la Universidad de Guanajuato y posdoctorante por la Universidad de Barcelona. Su trabajo artístico e investigación está impregnado de su gran interés por el feminismo. Ha sido artista residente y participado en diplomados en centros en España, Cuba, Estados Unidos, Argentina, Costa Rica y Canadá. Su obra se encuentra expuesta alrededor de México, así como en el extranjero. Conversará sobre su obra y su proceso creativo.

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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.

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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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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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 30

Philippe Claudel in conversation with Gabriel Hörner

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 32

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Ana Laura Magaloni

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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Event 35

Hay Fórum Dallas: Anne Boyer in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

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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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 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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