The fiction writer, journalist and literature educator Jeremías Gamboa has established himself as one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Peruvian fiction, through major works such as the novel Contarlo todo (2014). In his most recent work, Animales luminosos, he tells the story of a young Latin American student who has emigrated to the United States. This character reflects on Peru’s violent past and seeks to understand how these historical wounds have produced certain characteristics in the world around him, aiming to decipher matters such as discrimination, racism, conquest, colonialism and slavery, as well as trying to find his own identity in the middle of this process. In conversation with the cultural journalist Xavi Ayén.
This Peruvian writer and journalist Gabriela Wiener is the author of books such as Sexografías, Nueve Lunas, Llamada Perdida and Dicen de mí. She won the Peruvian National Journalism Prize for an investigation into gender violence in the literary world. Since 2003 she has lived in Spain and she writes for various media outlets. Huaco retrato (2021) deals with her family past, bound up, as it is, to the history of Peru and Latin America. A huaco retrato is a ceramic item made by the native people of Peru. In 1878, the Jewish-Austrian explorer Charles Wiener, the author’s great-great-grandfather, carried off four thousand pre-Colombian artefacts, which brought him fame at the Universal Exhibition. A hundred and fifty years later, in a museum in Paris that contains the collection that her ancestor took, the protagonist faces this stolen memory and reflects on her history, which is the history of a continent, or two, and on the consequences of colonization and racism on our lives and on our present. In conversation with Marco Avilés.
Iban Zaldua (Basque Country, Spain) is a versatile writer who has written both novels and non-fiction, but whose most outstanding works are short stories. His most recent book is Panfletario (2021), a compilation of some outstanding texts from his published work, including short texts, stories and pamphlets that reflect on the different dimensions of his writings, which have been translated by the author himself from Basque into Spanish. The main themes tackled are his love of short fiction, reflections on the writing process and translating one’s own work. He will talk to the Peruvian writer and journalist Enrique Planas.
With the support of Etxepare Euskal Institutua
Fernando Iwasaki (Peru) is a writer and historian with a particular interest in cultural studies and the importance of identities, world views, globalizations, comparative literature and the history of religions. The author of over thirty books, including works of historical research such as ¡Aplaca, Señor, tu ira! Lo maravilloso y lo imaginario en Lima colonial, as well as novels, essays, short stories, literary journalism and compilations of articles. His latest publications are Brevetes de historia Universal del Perú, Sevilla, sin mapa, Nueva Corónica del Extremo Occidente and Mi poncho es un kimono flamenco. He will talk to Alberto Vergara about his recent work.
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
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
Trocito. Un pedacito de tela que soñaba con ser bandera is a book written by Carmen McEvoy and Mariana Sansone about a grandmother and her granddaughter who together transform a bit of cloth lost on the ocean into one of the most important of patriotic symbols: the flag. McEvoy and Sansone, respectively a historian and a political scientist, and also mother and daughter, present this wonderful illustrated story for children, one that deals with, among other things, the construction of Peruvian identity.
For children ages 4 to 6
If there is something that classic works have in common, it is that they can be interpreted and reinterpreted again and again, and at each turn we can find a new view or possible meanings, in such a way that the dialogue between the work and each new period is always up-to-date. The entertaining and versatile Mexican illustrator, writer and musician Juan Gedovius presents the classics by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and The Hunting of the Snark, in versions illustrated by him. At this event, Gedovius will share the story of Alice, the girl who, one summer’s day, came across a white rabbit who was wearing a jacket and carrying a pocket watch, and followed it until she fell into the legendary Wonderland, and discovered a varied and unforgettable group of characters. He will talk to the children who attend about his own adventure transforming these great works into pictures.
For all ages
mónimo is an independent Latin American publishing house born in 2021 that seeks to build a children’s catalogue focusing on fiction, from Peru. Its first book is the collection of Peruvian Gods, beings and spirits in the form of the alphabet: Diosario. Using humour and with a unique visual narrative, it seeks to bring us close to the fantastic world that this country embraces. With an interdisciplinary group of talents from different nationalities, Diosario is built with its feet on the ground, placing the most venerated creatures at a close distance while we touch the sky. With the writer of the book Elena Fernández Ferro (Argentina), the illustrator Mariana Río (Portugal) and the editor Julia Viñas (Argentina).
For children ages 2 - 8
Ken Follett is one of the most read authors in the English language and has captivated an extraordinary number of readers around the world in his 35-year writing career: his books have sold over 160 million copies in at least 30 languages. He is perhaps best known for his historical novels, from the publication of Eye of the Needle, and his acclaimed work The Pillars of the Earth, one of the world’s most read novels, to the recent prequel, The Evening and the Morning. This distinguished writer has recently caused a commotion in the literary world with his new novel Never, which takes the history of the First World War as the inspiration for a hypothetical Third World War. The protagonist, Tamara, aims to stop the conflict from a CIA base in North Africa, juggling with actors that range from local terrorist groups to the US President. In conversation with the BBC journalist, Juan Carlos Pérez.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of the BBVA Foundation
The reality of the current series of environmental disasters is accompanied by a narrative of catastrophe that, at times, makes it difficult to conceive or imagine the possibilities for global cooperation needed to face the challenges that the climate crisis poses. Therefore an urgent task is to produce and disseminate stories of hope and transformation, ones that are linked to local realities and to the latest scientific knowledge. The possibility of inspiring communities around the world to envisage their own positive climate futures will enable the imagining, and the doing, of the work needed to reorient economies and cultural practices around the world towards more sustainable models. The Climate Imagination Fellowship, presented by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, is intended to stimulate the creation of positive stories about the future that can act as catalysts for action in the present. Libia Brenda, the first Mexican woman nominated for a Hugo Award, and Vandana Singh, a speculative fiction writer and a Physics lecturer, will talk to Ed Finn, Director of both the Center for Science and the Imagination and the Climate Imagination Fellowship, about fiction, hope and climate justice.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of Arizona State University + COP26
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is considered to be one of the most talented writers on the international scene, as the author of contemporary classics such as Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. Her most recent work is entitled Notes on Grief, and in it the author talks about her mourning after the death of her father, setting her thoughts within the context of the global pandemic, obliged to grieve at a distance since she was unable to leave the United States while her father was dying on another continent. This moving work will resonate with the experiences of millions of people around the world, at this moment of great trauma when grief, loss and death have become an even greater presence for so many people all over the planet. In conversation with writer Santiago Roncagliolo.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of Fundación BBVA
The Instituto Cervantes has organized and exceptional exhibition in Madrid: Libros y autores en el Virreinato del Perú. El legado de la cultura letrada hasta la Independencia. The first press in South America was located in Lima, and between 1584 and 1700 the Peruvian capital had the monopoly of the editing business in the region. Peru also had the most important libraries, and the elites had power over what was being written and were fostering a series of decisive ideas for their country's emancipation. The director of the Instituto Cervantes, Luis García Montero, will talk about this topic with one of the curators of the exhibition, Alonso Ruiz Rosas.
The renowned publisher Michi Strausfeld will talk to the cultural journalist Luis Rodríguez Pastor about her exceptional career in the book industry, working in two different languages (German and Spanish) and two literary traditions. After studying French, English and Spanish at the University of Cologne (1969), Strausfeld has lived in Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. From 1974 to 2008 she was in charge of the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese collection at the Suhrkamp publishing house, where she was responsible for the publication of more than 350 books. In July 2008 she moved to the publisher S. Fischer Verlag (Frankfurt) in order to create a new Spanish-language literature collection. She also directed the child and young adult collection for Alfaguara between 1977 and 1999, which published over 550 titles; and, from 1990, Siruela’s Las Tres Edades collection, aimed at readers between 8 and 88, where she has been responsible for the release of around 250 books. In 2009 she received the Order of Isabel la Católica for her work disseminating Spanish-language literature in Germany. Her most recent book is Mariposas amarillas y los señores dictadores. América Latina narra su historia (2021).
With the support of the ICPA
Amaia Arrazola is an illustrator, writer and muralist. She is the author of the book and game Animales fantásticos, which can be used to combine shapes and the sounds that animals make to create new, fantastic animals. Amaia invites us to free our imaginations to roam through the pages of this book full of extraordinary creatures yet to be discovered.
For children ages 1 to 3
Download Amaia's drawings to do this activity here
The French writer and singer Marie Modiano had very early contact with the world of art, as the daughter of the French Nobel prize-winner, Patrick Modiano, and the illustrator Dominique Zehrfuss, and has had a prolific career which has seen the release of five albums, two poetry books and two novels. Her most recent work is Lointain (2021), a story that evokes the young love between a theatre actor and a writer, characterized by the atmosphere of uncertainty, melancholy and nostalgia left by the writer’s disappearance. She will talk about this with Jesús Martínez.
Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available
With the support of the French Embassy
Jorge Eslava is the prolific author of over fifty books for children and young adults, as well as several poetry books and works of non-fiction. He has won the IBBY Prize for Children’s Literature, the 1981 Peru Young Poetry Prize, and the 1982 Copé Prize. At this event he presents his most recent title, Rodillas sucias, a book with six stories about the traditional games enjoyed by Peruvian children, written for the bicentenary of the nation’s independence, to be commemorated with the assistance of the country’s children.
Ages 8 and above
The Moroccan writer and filmmaker, Abdellah Taïa, has written six novels and directed the film Salvation Army, based on his novel of the same name. At this event, the author will present his latest work, La vie lente (2021), which tells the story of friendship between two neighbours, Munir, a 40-year-old homosexual Parisian, and Madame Marty, an elderly women in her 80s. The plot takes a turn when, after the Paris attacks of 2015, the police come looking for Munir: it was Madame Marty who has reported him. In conversation with Jesús Martínez.
Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish
With the support of the French Embassy
Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos is a project that seeks to promote cultural and literary knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, who share a language and a literary tradition that is enriched by the diversity of different cultural backgrounds. One established author will talk to another, younger author from the other side of the Atlantic. At this event, the Spanish author Sergio del Molino will talk to the Peruvian writer Miluska Benavides, moderated by Omar Zevallos.
With the support of AECID
Roxana Valdivieso, known for her talent as a singer, now shares with the world two great passions of hers: illustration and writing. She presents her book Las aventuras de Sami, a storybook that invites us to think about the importance of caring for the animals with which we share the planet, particularly those in danger of extinction. In this story, Sami, a finch that lives in the mountains of southern Peru, must save the egg in which his friend Surito is growing, with the help of many other animals. Roxana presents this wonderful tale about Peruvian fauna.
For children ages 3 to 6