Hay Festival Querétaro 2021

Please register below to catch up on events from Hay Festival Querétaro 2021. These events will be available to view for free until 19 September, after which they will be available on Hay Player

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?

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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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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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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Event 16

Esther Duflo in conversation with Alexandra Haas

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The French economist and MIT academic Esther Duflo was an advisor to Barack Obama and in 2010 received the John Bates Clark Medal for the most outstanding economist in the USA aged under 40. Foreign Policy magazine has named her as one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers and her books have been translated into over 15 languages. In 2019 she was one of the three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Economics, together with Abhijit Banerjee, with whom she wrote the recent book, Good Economics for Hard Times (2020); this work shows how economic theory, if used appropriately, can be useful when it comes to solving some of the most severe socio-political problems of our times: from migration to inequality, sluggish economic growth and runaway climate change. She will talk to the Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico, Alexandra Haas.

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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 18

Juan Villoro in conversation with Nelson Vallejo-Gómez, introduced by Edgar Morin

Seven lessons

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The great French thinker Edgar Morin, celebrates 100 years of life in 2021. His ideas about the so-called Complex Thought are more relevant than ever before. The writer of Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future and his most contemporary vision in Cambiemos de vía, lecciones de la pandemia will be part of this conversation about complexity in even more complex times. Juan Villoro, Mexican fiction writer, essayist, dramatist and journalist, winner of the Herralde Prize for his novel El testigo, and one of the most interesting voices in the Spanish-language literary panorama. He will talk to the French-Colombian philosopher Nelson Vallejo-Gómez, author of an essay about the construction of knowledge and the metamorphosis of disciplines in the work of Morin, about the importance of those seven lessons, with particular emphasis on the transformations and changes of paradigm that the global pandemic is bringing.

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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

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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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Event 21

Svetlana Alexievich in conversation with Mariana Katzarova

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The writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus), winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, is a specialist in Soviet and post-Soviet history. She is the author of outstanding works including The Unwomanly Face of War, Voices from Chernobyl and Secondhand Time. Mariana Katzarova (Belarus) is the founder of RAW in WAR, an initiative that supports women journalists and human rights activists who work in regions in conflict. Katzarova has worked in such areas in Bosnia, Kosovo and the North Caucasus, and for a decade was the Russia investigator for Amnesty International. She has also led the UN’s Human Rights Monitoring Mission. At this event, these extraordinary figures will talk about the urgent need to investigate matters related to human rights, particularly in conflicts involving, or within, Russia.

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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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Ilija Trojanow in conversation with Gerardo Piña

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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The writer and translator Ilija Trojanow (Bulgaria/Germany) is the author of around 30 works of both fiction and non-fiction. He presents his book most recently translated into Spanish, Macht und Widerstand (“Power and Resistance”, 2015), which is a view of the history of Bulgaria during the second half of the 20th century, told through two characters, Metodi and Konstantin, who represent respectively power and resistance, in the context of the Communist regime. Trojanow talks to Gerardo Piña about this epic novel, a homage to the victims of Soviet oppression.

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Carmen Ortega Casanovas, Claudio Flores and Gianella Carvajal in conversation con Marion Reimers

Freeing communication from discrimination and stereotypes

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Certainly one of the most prominent debates today is the one about discrimination in all its forms. Given this fact, the importance of organizations such as Igualdades is clear. This organization works to build new narratives in our society, based on forms of expression that are free of hate, discrimination and stereotypes. In this lecture, we will share some essential points for creating communication that is non-discriminatory, more equal and more positive, whose ultimate goal is to create in fact, and not only in speech, a true integration of all. With Carmen Ortega Casanovas (Igualdades. Org), Claudio Flores (Tridente Aceleradora) and Gianella Carvajal (Pictoline) in conversation with Marion Reimers.

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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 23

Margaret MacMillan talks to Enrique Krauze

Is war inevitable?

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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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Carissa Véliz in conversation with Mónica Meltis

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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Élmer Mendoza in conversation with Luis Jorge Boone

Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro
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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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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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