Contemporary fiction writer Katya Adaui, author of three books of short stories, presents her second novel, Quiénes somos ahora, a work that revisits an episode from a family’s past that has left wounds that have not yet healed. In conversation with the writer Kathy Serrano.
Jeremías Gamboa (Peru) is a journalist, academic and one of the most outstanding writers from his country and in the Spanish-speaking world. His first novel, Contarlo todo, the story of a young man from a humble background in contemporary Lima, was praised by critics. His most recent novel, Animales luminosos, is a short story that tackles some of the most important themes of our time, such as migration and culture shock. He will talk to Ricardo Sumalavia.
Two fiction writers who write, publish and live together will talk about their most recent literary projects, as well as their respective creative processes, as individuals and as a couple. Kathy Serrano, born in Venezuela, educated in Performing Arts in Russia and currently based in Peru, presents her first novel, El dolor de la sangre. Ricardo Sumalavia is the author of short stories, microstories and five novels, the most recent of which is Croac y el nuevo fin del mundo. In conversation with Giovanni Barletti.
Nando López is a writer and dramatist, and lectures on the Master’s course in Playwriting at the University of Alcalá de Henares. He has a doctorate in Hispanic Philology and holds an outstanding position in young adult writing in Spanish, with an impressive body of work that includes over thirty books, including the acclaimed La edad de la ira. His latest book, El río de las primeras veces, is a love story involving two young women, set after a year when it seems as if nothing will ever be the same again. Some say that you never pass over the same river twice, but there are rivers you cross more than once.
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Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) is a major figure on the international literary scene. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, and it includes poetry, novels, essays and children’s literature. This prolific writer has received many awards, including the Biblioteca Breve Prize, the Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz Prize, the Mariano Fiallos Gil Prize, the Casa de las Américas Award, the Anna Seghers Prize and the Generación del 27 International Prize. She is a member of the Nicaraguan Academy of the Language and the French Ministry of Culture recognized her as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature. As an activist, Belli was a part of the Sandinista Front, fighting against the Somoza dynasty dictatorship, and she took part in the Sandinista revolution, the subject of her memoire El país bajo mi piel. She is also the author of some very successful novels, including La mujer habitada and Pergamino de la seducción. In 2018 she was awarded the Hermann Kesten Prize, by PEN Germany, for her work in favour of press freedom and human rights. She was also the president of PEN Nicaragua until 2021. In conversation with Carolina Robino.
Two authors present their new work at this event, in conversation with the writer Ricardo Sumalavia. Something in common in the work of these two writers is that they both portray the violence that permeates our societies. Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Argentina) is a writer, cultural manager and educator; she currently holds the Laboratory of Experimentation in the Writing Arts Chair at the National University of the Arts. Her publications include Slum Virgin, Le viste la cara a Dios, Romance de la negra rubia and The Adventures of China Iron, a novel that was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. Vanessa Londoño (Colombia) is a writer and journalist; she studied Law at the University of El Rosario in Colombia and did a Master’s in Creative Writing at New York University in the United States. Winner of the Aura Estrada and Nuevas Plumas prizes in 2017, she is the author of the novel El asedio animal (2021), which was very well received by the critics.
Rosemary Sullivan is one of Canada’s most outstanding writers and a truly talented biographer. She is the award-winning author of 15 books, in which she has told the life stories of eminent figures such as the Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart, and the artist Leonora Carrington. She will talk to the Canadian Ambassador in Peru, Louis Marcotte, about her ideas regarding authoritarianism and democracy that have come from the experience of writing her most recent books. The first of these is Stalin’s Daughter. The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, which tells the life story of the daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva. The second book is entitled The Betrayal of Anne Frank and is the result of a rigorous investigation that reveals the answer to one of the great mysteries, one that has attracted millions of readers around the world: how was Anne Frank’s family discovered? This was probably one of the most famous unsolved cases in history. Joining forces with an impressive team of researchers, former FBI agents, and using the advantages of the new technologies, Rosemary Sullivan has brought to light the key pieces that complete an extraordinary puzzle regarding the tragic story of the Frank family.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish
Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a literary tradition enriched by authors from many different origins. The project consists of an established author talking to a younger one from the other side of the Atlantic, connecting countries and continents. In this case, the well-known Spanish writer, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, will talk to the fiction writer, journalist and Literature lecturer, Jeremías Gamboa, author of the wonderful book Animales luminosos (2021). This dialogue is intended to build bridges across generations and countries, with the Spanish-language literary tradition acting as the shared discourse. Moderated by the RPP journalist, Jorge Turpo.
Translation is a discipline that makes it possible for literature and thought to pass into other languages, but can also be an art in itself, a process of interpretation that can enable the success, or otherwise, of a novel in other latitudes. Nuria Barrios (Spain) is the author of titles including La impostora (2022), a work of essay in which the writer and translator reflects on her two professions, examining the work of translation in all its aspects. Teresa Ruiz Rosas (Arequipa) has studied Philology and Translation in Arequipa, Budapest, Freiburg and Barcelona. She speaks German, French, English and Hungarian. She is a prolific author and translator, and has published award-winning stories, essays and novels; she has translated classic German authors such as Rose Ausländer, Stefan Zweig and W. G. Sebald. They will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Enrique Planas.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the Goethe Institute and el Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
The distinguished writer, journalist, dramatist and screenplay writer Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) is a major figure in Latin American literature. She has won the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize, the 2010 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the 2019 Metrópolis Azul Prize, among others. Together with Marcelo Piñeyro she created the Netflix serie El Reino. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, and she has written contemporary classics including Thursday Night Widows (2010), All Yours (2011), A Crack in the Wall (2013) and Elena Knows (2021) as well as an extensive body of other titles, a number of which have been made into films. Her most recent novels in Spanish are Catedrales (2020), which has achieved excellent reviews and has won the 2021 VLC Negra Best Novel award and the Hammett Prize for Crime Writing in 2020; and El tiempo de las moscas (2022). She will talk to the journalist Clara Elvira Ospina.
With the support of Blue Metropolis
Olga Montero Rose (Peru) is a psychoanalyst and member of the Peruvian Psychoanalytical Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Her literary debut, Cortejo (2022), tells the story of Simona, a woman in her mid-forties who has just lost her mother, a pillar of strength for her; at this time, she meets a woman who makes her question many of the certainties in her life. The story is told through the sessions that Simona has each week with a psychoanalyst, at which she examines her experiences of childhood, mourning, desire, and the birth of a new love. Kathy Serrano, born in Venezuela, educated in performing arts in Russia and now based in Peru, presents her first novel, El dolor de la sangre, which features a Venezuelan woman who returns to her country after having made a new life for herself in Lima, and who must face her family, her past and part of herself that she thought she had left behind. In conversation with the writer and journalist Enrique Planas.
Two male writers talk about works that bring to life female characters. With the writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru), author of over 15 books of short stories, novels and non-fiction. In 2021 he launched the podcast Machista con hijas, in which he talks about his relationship with his three daughters and all the transformations in his thinking, and all the things he has unlearned, because of being a father. His most recent novel, Treinta kilómetros a la medianoche (2022), begins when a man, with his girlfriend at a party in the outskirts of Lima, receives a phone call; it is a friend of his daughter, who says she has suffered an “accident” at a nightclub and is in hospital. Nando López (Spain) is a writer, dramatist and doctor in Hispanic Philology. He is the author of books for adults and adolescents, holds an outstanding place in youth literature in Spanish, with a body of work that includes over 30 titles, including the acclaimed La edad de la ira. His latest book, El río de las primeras veces, is a love story involving two young women, set after a year when it seems as if nothing will ever be the same again. In conversation with Jimena Díaz.
Nikita Lalwani (India/United Kingdom), born in Kota and brought up in Cardiff, is the author of the novels Gifted (2008), The Village (2012) and You People (2020). Her work, which has been well received by reviewers, explores stories of migrants and families with different cultural identities. This award-winning novelist, screenwriter and contributor to media such as The Guardian and The Observer, is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and her work has been translated into 16 languages.
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The Metrópolis Azul Prize is given each year to an author from any country who writes in Spanish, English or French, and whose work explores some aspect of the culture or history of the Spanish-speaking world; the award is given in the context of the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, the first multilingual festival in the world, held in Montreal, Canada. Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) is a hugely successful writer, a poet and activist whose work has been translated into over 20 languages; she won this prize in 2020, and has also received the Casa de las Américas and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz prizes, among others. Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), the author of around 20 works, including novels, short story collections, children’s literature and plays, has been distinguished with the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize, the 2010 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the 2019 Metrópolis Azul. In conversation with Ingrid Bejerman (Brazil/Argentina/Canada), who is in charge of the Spanish and Portuguese programmes of the Blue Metropolis festival and the management of the Premio Azul, about the current production of feminist literature in Spanish, its resonance in other languages and cultures, and the important role that women have as militant writers.
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With the support of Blue Metropolis
Two outstanding Peruvian fiction writers will talk about their latest novels, which deal with the private and complex matter of the family. Katya Adaui, the author of three books of short stories, presents her second novel, Quiénes somos ahora, a work that revisits an episode from the family past that has left wounds that have yet to heal. Enrique Planas, recognized as “one of the 25 best kept secrets of Latin American literature” by the Guadalajara Book Fair, presents his sixth novel, Chicas Bond. This novel, set in Japan, tells the story of a father and son who meet by coincidence at a cinema after both have come to see James Bond films. When the father suffers a medical emergency, the son becomes involved in a series of unexpected adventures around the south of Japan. In conversation with the journalist Clara Elvira Ospina.
There may be that nothing that feeds and transforms societies and cultures like migration, one of the constants throughout human history. However, this movement of peoples and mixing of cultures can often result in oppression, abuse and even violence. This matter is also one that has been dealt with extensively in literature. Nikita Lalwani (India/United Kingdom), born in Kota and brought up in Cardiff, is the author of three much-lauded novels which explore stories of migrants and families with different cultural identities. Rocío Quillahuaman (Peru/Spain) was born in Lima and lives in Barcelona. She is currently one of Spain’s most viral illustrators and to date she has created over 300 animations and has more than 177 thousand followers on Instagram. They will talk with Javier García del Moral, owner of the independent bookshop The Wild Detectives in Dallas, USA.
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The Peruvian-US writer Daniel Alarcón is truly international: born in Lima, he was brought up in the United States. He will talk to Inés Santaeulalia, Head of the El País office for Colombia, Venezuela and the Andean region, about his literary career, his work as an educator at Columbia University in New York, the creation of the podcasts Radio Ambulante and El hilo, and about being made a prestigious MacArthur Fellow in 2021. Included on the 2007 Bogotá39 list, Alarcón won the 2009 International Literature Prize for Lost City Radio and is the author of the novel De noche andamos en círculos (2014), the short story collections Guerra a la luz de las velas (2006) and The King is Always Above the People (2017), and the graphic novel City of Clowns (2015).
The work of Marco Aurelio Denegri was mainly carried out in the fields of literature, linguistics and sexology. On this last point it should be noted that his work was revolutionary, since it arrived into the conservative public space of Peru in a way that was erudite and came with no sense of shame. A re-edition of some of his texts offers the chance to ask a series of questions about his relevance, what he was right about, and maybe also wrong about. The guests at this event, Romina Castro and Olga Montero Rose, will talk to Katherine Subirana and will discuss these issues in an atmosphere, now in the 21st century, that is different from the times of Marco Aurelio Denegri, in that it is a favourable time to talk about his research, his academic work and his understanding of his cause.
The Arequipa writer Teresa Ruiz Rosas has studied Philology and Translation in Arequipa, Budapest, Freiburg and Barcelona. She speaks German, French, English and Hungarian. She is a prolific author and translator, and has published award-winning stories, essays and novels; she has translated classic German authors such as Rose Ausländer, Stefan Zweig and W. G. Sebald. Her most recent novel, Estación Delirio (2019), tells the story of Silvia Olazábal, a writer remembering the life of her great friend Anne Kahl, who in Stuttgart in 1984, working as a secretary in a prestigious psychiatric clinic, takes on the mission to free 14 women, all inmates of the clinic, sending them by train to different German cities. They will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Enrique Planas.
What books have inspired some of the authors of the festival and what books do they recommend? In conversation with Dante Trujillo (Peru), Fernando Ampuero (Peru), Rafael Dumett (Peru), Sarah Churchwell (United Kingdom), Kathy Serrano (Venezuela), Teresa Ruiz Rosas (Peru), Rosemary Sullivan (Canada) and Velia Vidal (Colombia), who will tell us what books not to miss. A very special event for our reading public.
Simultaneous translation from English available