Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 – Literature

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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

Sede Talento Editorial
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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

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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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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Javier Cercas in conversation with Emiliano Monge

Book of the month

Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro
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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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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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A.C. Grayling in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Imagine the World Q & A

Escenario Digital Hay Querétaro
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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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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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David Grossman in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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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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David Grossman in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel (English version)

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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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

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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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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Amin Maalouf in conversation with Guillermo Altares (French version)

Llwyfan Digidol Cymru – Wales Digital Stage
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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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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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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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David Foenkinos in conversation with María Luisa Sosa Delgado (French version)

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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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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Hervé Le Tellier in conversation with Yael Weiss (French version)

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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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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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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Ilija Trojanow in conversation with Gerardo Piña (German version)

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

Lo local también existe. Querétaro como ejemplo

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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

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Muriel Barbery in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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

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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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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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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.

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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 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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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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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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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.

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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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