It is no coincidence that, as a result of the worsening environmental crisis, there is a new interest and a growing number of books about the importance of attending to and caring for the relationship that humans have with nature. The Spaniard Joaquín Araújo is one of the most prominent writers and naturalists in the Hispanic world. A regular contributor to Spain’s most important newspapers, he also works as a director, producer, scriptwriter and presenter of television series and documentaries, and is the President of the Gran Simio Project in Spain. His books include Los árboles te enseñarán a ver el bosque (2021), a work about the importance of trees in the configuration of natural ecosystems, and their relationship with us. He will talk to Tatiana Espinosa.
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With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E and Centro Cultural Petroperú
Almudena Sánchez (Spain), selected in 2019 as one of the ten best Spanish writers in their thirties by AECID, on their “10 de 30” list, is the author of the book of short stories La acústica de los iglús (2016) and the autobiographical book Fármaco (2021). This work deals with a subject that is painful, debilitating and also taboo: depression. The author looks at the history of the ailment in order to explore and understand her own mental illness, and she talks about the experience of living under medication, with all the highs and lows this involves. In conversation with José María Salazar Contactar.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E
The multi-award-winning television producer, Caryn Mandabach (United States), has not only been behind great television series such as Roseanne and The Cosby Show, receiving awards including a BAFTA and an Emmy, but is having continued success with one of the most acclaimed series of the moment: Peaky Blinders. Mandabach talks to Miguel Barreda about this popular television production, outstanding for its original script, great acting and impressive sets.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of El Británico
Every month we at Hay Festival Digital recommend a book for our Spanish-speaking followers; the proposal, carefully selected by our international team, is published at the beginning of each month and at the end of that same month we organize a live web-based event that brings together readers from around the world to talk with the author about the book. This Book of the Month event will take place as part of the Hay Festival Arequipa, with Santiago Roncagliolo talking to Clara Elvira Ospina about his most recent novel, Y líbranos del mal (2021), a work that deals with the dark family secrets that are revealed when the main character, Jimmy, travels from Lima to Miami to care for his ill grandmother. Santiago Roncagliolo is an award-winning Peruvian writer and journalist, selected in 2007 as part of Hay Festival’s Bogotá39 programme. His novel Red April won the 2006 Alfaguara Novel Prize. In conversation with the journalist Clara Elvira Ospina.
With the support of SURA, Protección and Bancolombia
Can the story of a country be told through prominent figures? Is betrayal a constant in Peruvian politics? Alejandro Neyra (Peru), a writer, diplomat and expert on his country’s political tradition, is the author of Traiciones peruanas, 16 ilustres antihéroes de la historia nacional, a book that looks at the careers of Peruvian history’s major figures, whose actions and decisions impacted historical events, setting the course for the way the country developed. The event will also cover Mi monstruo sagrado, by the same author and winner of the 2019 Copé de Oro Novel Prize. In conversation with Vera Tyuleneva.
With the support of Centro Cultural Petroperú
Focussing on the latest book by the French Minister of National Education, Sports and Youth, Jean-Michel Blanquer (École ouverte, Gallimard, Paris, 2021), this event will analyse, based on the work of the philosopher Edgar Morin on crisis and complexity, the lessons that can be drawn from the Covid-19 pandemic with regard to the institutional and pedagogical management of the school and educational system. The mandatory confinement of the population and post-lockdown difficulties have brought about an international debate between those in favour of the “open school”, that is to say, hybrid schooling with some presence at the school together with strict health protocols, and those in favour of the “closed school”, which is only virtual and avoids taking risks or dealing with uncertainty in a critical situation. A change of epistemological, socioeconomic and cultural paradigm is at stake. What is required is a questioning of teaching and education from both new and traditional viewpoints, since the pandemic has brought to light a serious systemic crisis. What we need is a rethinking of what is understood by the digital technological revolution, data mining, artificial intelligence, as well as a consideration of whether schooling is the most important thing for the development of a society, or whether it is an “adjustment variable” or an “ideological flag” that is in danger within our society. In conversation with Nelson Vallejo-Gomez.
Event in Spanish
With the support of SURA
Marie-Noëlle Hébert (Canada) is a Canadian graphic designer and illustrator. Largely self-taught in this area, she also has experience as an art historian and a screenwriter. She is the author of a number of illustrations for the documentary Carricks - dans le sillage des Irlandais (2017, Viveka Melki). She recently published the autobiographical graphic novel My Body in Pieces, in which she reflects on the difficulties she experienced in terms of her attitude to her body from the age of eleven, when her father and the people around her started referring to her as fat, and how these difficulties lasted into her adult years. She will talk to Ingrid Bejerman.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of the Canadian Embassy