Hay Festival Querétaro 2022

We invite you to browse the programme of the seventh edition of the Hay Festival Queretaro, to be celebrated from 1-4 of September 2022. This year, we return with in person activities in the Hay Joven, Hay Festivalito, and Hay Delegaciones sections, and for the first time we present talks in the municipalities of Bernal, Corregidora, and Tequisquiapan.

Event 36

Vivian Gornick in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

Teatro de la Ciudad
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We have the pleasure to talk to the acclaimed writer Vivian Gornick, one of the major voices of the second wave of US feminism, about her work. Her career as a journalist began in the 1960s as a reporter for The Village Voice, before going on to work with The New York Times and The Nation. She is the prolific author of over 15 books, including several autobiographical works, which have made her one of the most outstanding contemporary exponents of personal narrative. In Unfinished Business (2021), the author revisits some of her essential reading, discovering in these texts a new view of herself and awareness of her transformation as a person, in a work that combines literary criticism with the personal, both fields in which Gornick is a seasoned writer. She will talk to Elvira Liceaga.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 37

Daniel Alarcón, Lisette Arévalo, Pablo Argüelles, Camila Segura and David Trujillo

NPR presents: Radio Ambulante

Cineteca Rosalío Solano - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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For almost a decade, Radio Ambulante has told moving, funny and surprising stories from all over Latin America, revealing the diversity of the region in all its complexity. With over 200 episodes produced in more than 20 countries, Radio Ambulante is Latin America’s most ambitious narrative journalism podcast; it is distributed by NPR, the United States’ public radio service. This will be an opportunity to meet its creators and find out about their work, discovering how they shed light on Latin American life through stories of love and migration, of youth and politics, of the environment and families in extraordinary circumstances. With Daniel Alarcón (Peru), Lisette Arévalo (Ecuador), Pablo Argüelles (Mexico), Camila Segura (Colombia) and David Trujillo (Colombia).

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Event 38

Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, Dolores Reyes, Cristina Rivera Garza and Joseph Zárate in conversation with Amanda de la Garza (presented by Felipe Restrepo Pombo)

Retellings

Jardín Guerrero
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Historical narratives about Latin America have usually arisen out of the colonial imagination. The Volver a contar: Historias latinoamericanas en el Museo Británico project, a collaboration between the Hay Festival and the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research (SDCELAR) at the British Museum, seeks to problematize and redirect these narratives, creating new discourses through the interpretations of objects in the museum’s Americas collection by artists, writers and thinkers from the region. This is a very necessary re-reading of our past in order to build a more plural and inclusive future. With Yásnaya Elena Aguilar (Mexico), Dolores Reyes (Argentina), Cristina Rivera Garza (Mexico) and Joseph Zárate (Peru), in conversation with Amanda de la Garza. With a presentation by Felipe Restrepo Pombo.
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Event 39

Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Olivia Zerón

All of life

Museo de la Ciudad (espacio escénico)
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We talk to one of the most eminent journalists and writers of our times, the winner of numerous major awards, including the Maria Moors Cabot Prize (1990), the MacArthur Fellowship (1995), the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prize (2017) and the Princess of Asturias Prize for Communication and the Humanities (2018). Alma Guillermoprieto studied Dance in New York and gave classes in Havana. Her career as a journalist started in the 1970s, covering Central America for media outlets such as The Guardian and The Washington Post, and later South America for Newsweek. She writes for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. She has held the Julio Cortázar Chair at the University of Guadalajara and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of multiple books of articles, essays and reports, her most recent publication is La vida toda: Nueva crónica estadounidense (2022), a compilation of 13 texts, six of them written by women and all of them written in the post-9/11 period in a context marked by the appearance of the social media. Guillermoprieto will talk to the journalist Olivia Zerón.

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Event 40

Mónica Lavín in conversation with Jazmina Barrera

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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We present one of the most respected writers on the Mexican cultural scene, the writer Mónica Lavín, an important figure in contemporary letters. A prolific author of over 20 books, including novels, short story collections and four books of non-fiction. She has won a number of awards, including a Canadian Governor General’s Award and the Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Prize for her powerful and iconic novel Yo, la peor, about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is a columnist for El Universal newspaper and presents programmes for channels Once and 22 that feature interviews with writers. In her most recent book, Últimos días de mis padres, the author deals with the death of her father, followed by the death of her mother; it talks about their childhoods, experiences in exile, Mexico City, travel, separation and meeting again. In conversation with Jazmina Barrera.

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Event HF2

Wishing wall for rebellious children

Jardín Guerrero (espacio Hay Festivalito)
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How can we change the world? In this activity, the Hay Festival invites children to write their dreams or wishes on a Post-it in order to build up a little wall full of big ideas. The wishing wall will be put together throughout the day, with all the ideas that come from the hearts of the rebellious children who are ready to imagine a better world.

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Wishing wall for rebellious children

Event HF3

CaminaLee

Jardín Guerrero (espacio Hay Festivalito)
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CaminaLee is an initiative that organizes walks aimed at connecting your feet and your brain, letting you listen to stories, characters, history, legends and adventures, all from a different perspective. Connecting with your imagination and your inner wisdom while you walk, feeling what you see. Walking but also reading to visit other worlds, fantastic worlds that you were not aware of, worlds where you can learn about the past, the present and the future. With CaminaLee, we will go out and tour iconic locations in the old quarter, finding the most important sites, monuments and churches. An explanation will be given about each of them, including the Teatro de la Ciudad, the Guerrero Gardens, the Palacio Municipal, the Church of Santa Clara, the Fountain of Neptune, the Casa de la Marquesa, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro route and many other places, with rest stops and discussion of historical figures and the chance to draw them too.

To participate in this activity, please click here to fill in the registration form

Ages 6 to 12. Every child must be accompanied by an adult

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CaminaLee

Event 43

Iris Calderón and Benjamín Kumantuk Xuxpë in conversation with Isela Xospa

Narrating peoples

Museo de la Ciudad (espacio escénico)
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We are going through a moment of reflection regarding what has made the lives of native communities possible, enabling conversations regarding how respectful treatment can be established. At the same time, we have witnessed profound changes in ways in libraries and museums, spaces traditionally considered to be repositories of knowledge The use of electronic formats in the arts, culture, entertainment, academia and literature has given rise to a debate about “emerging formats” and the end of the use of the printed book as the only vessel of knowledge. This round table offers the chance to debate the ideologies that are changing the many ways of conceiving what are known in Western cultures as writing, reading, schooling, books, libraries, catalogues and archives. With Iris Calderón and Benjamín Kumantuk Xuxpë in conversation with Isela Xospa.

This event is part of the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award.

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Event 44

Jacobo García and Emma Graham-Harrison in conversation with Emiliano Ruiz Parra

Reporters

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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They write, they report and, above all, they inform about conflicts and events from places that may be very remote or unknown to their readers: Ukraine, Central America, Amazonia... Jacobo García (Spain), El País America journalist and recent winner of the True Story Awards and Emma Graham-Harrison (United Kingdom), a British journalist with vast experience in several countries around the world. They will talk to the journalist Emiliano Ruiz Parra about their fascinating, and sometimes risky, trade.

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Event 45

Pedro Ángel Palou in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

Mexico: The Novel

Jardín Guerrero
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The writer and academic Pedro Ángel Palou (Mexico) presents his ambitious book México: La novela, which tells the story of the North American metropolis through the family histories of four families, over the course of 500 years, from the fall of the Aztec Empire to the earthquake of 1985. Palou is the author of 40 books, including Amores enormes (Jorge Ibargüengoitia Prize), Con la muerte en los puños (Xavier Villaurrutia Prize) and the historical novels Zapata, Morelos: Morir es nada and Cuauhtémoc: La defensa del Quinto Sol. An honorary doctor from various universities in Latin America, he has a doctorate in Social Sciences from the College of Michoacán and lectures at Tufts University in the United States. In conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez.
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Event D4

Creative Writing Workshop for Beginners with Dahlia de la Cerda

Centro Cultural Comunitario Carrillo Puerto
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Dahlia de la Cerda (Mexico) is a fiction writer, activist and philosopher, distinguished with various awards for literature and creative pursuits. She is the co-founder of the Morras Help Morras organization, a feminist collective that works from and for the periphery, and author of Perras de reserva (2022), a powerful collection of stories in which the writer reveals some of the most unjust aspects of the patriarchy. The goal of this workshop is for its attendees to obtain basic tools to write their first narrative texts.

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Event D5

Adriana Grimaldo

Centro Cultural Epigmenio González
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Adriana Grimaldo thinks that perhaps humanity's best invention has been words. With them, we not only connect with the world, but we can share our interior world with others. Adriana loves and admires words: she speaks with them, learns them, listens to them, reads them and writes them. At this activity, children and teenagers will discover the importance of creating, taking care of and sharing words and ideas to build better life stories.

Ages 6 and over

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Event D6

Elisa Guerra

The Importance of Education

Biblioteca Pública Félix Osores Sotomayor
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Elisa Guerra is a teacher, writer and friend to both children and trees. In 2015 she was named Best Educator in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Inter-American Development Bank, and has been shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize twice. At this event she will talk about her latest book, Las voces de los árboles, in which she takes us to a parallel world where trees of different species and from different places around the world tell us their stories and lead us to reflect on the damage we are doing to the planet.

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Elisa Guerra

Event HF4

Juan Gedovius

Museo de la Ciudad (sala Cristo)
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The clever, fun Juan Gedovius illustrates all kinds of stories, from tales of monsters and dinosaurs to Alice in Wonderland. At this workshop, he invites participants to explore the wilds of their imaginations and express what they find on paper in the most fantastic and unexpected ways.

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Event E3

Clyo Mendoza and Rosa Montero in conversation with Irma Gallo

Cuadernos hispanoamericanos

Tequisquiapan, Plaza Miguel Hidalgo
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Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to promote knowledge and exchange among writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of diverse origins. The project consists of having an established author select a younger one on the other side of the Atlantic for conversations. On this occasion we present a conversation between Rosa Montero and Clyo Mendoza, moderated by Irma Gallo.

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Event 47

George Makari in conversation with Pablo Duarte

Soul Machine

Cineteca Rosalío Solano - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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The “hard problem of consciousness” is one that we must return to again and again. The award-winning historian, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst George Makari explores this in his outstanding work of non-fiction, Soul Machine (2015). The author teases out the history of concepts such as “soul” and “mind”, and how one term came to replace the other along with advances in philosophy, science and psychology. The book tackles the relationship between body and mind, between brain and consciousness, the transition from religious paradigms to rationalist views on such matters, and the philosophical, political and ethical implications of these processes, resulting in the nuances of current thought in this area. In conversation with Pablo Duarte.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 48

Juan Tallón in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

Museo de la Ciudad (espacio escénico)
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Somewhere between a novel based on truth and literary non-fiction, between folly and hallucination, Obra maestra reconstructs, at a pace worthy of a page-turning thriller, the mysterious disappearance of the sculpture Equal-Parallel/Guernica-Bengasi, by the US artist Richard Serra. After it had been exhibited for the inauguration of Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum in 1986, the work was stored, due to a lack of space in the museum galleries, by an art logistics company, which moved the piece to its warehouse in Arganda del Rey. Fifteen years later the Reina Sofía wished to put the artwork on show once again, but it turned out that all 38 tons of sculpture had disappeared. How is it possible that something like that could occur? Juan Tallón (Spain) has published a book in which everything seems unreal, and yet it really happened. In conversation with the publisher and critic Guillermo Núñez.
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Event 49

Alicia Lemus in conversation with Elvira Liceaga

Imagine climate emergency: Women of fire

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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The story of resistance of a community led by women, as an example of union and strategic action to protect the natural resources and way of life of the people of Cherán, in Michoacán (Mexico). This inspiring case has become a podcast. With Alicia Lemus (Mexico), one of the “women of fire” and a central figure in the events, in conversation with Elvira Liceaga (Mexico), co-writer, co-producer and co-director of the podcast together with Ricardo Giraldo (Mexico).

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Event 50

Emiliano Monge in conversation with Jazmina Barrera

Jardín Guerrero
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The award-winning writer Emiliano Monge (Mexico) was selected in 2017 as one of the best Latin American fiction writers under 40 for the Bogotá39 list, and he also featured on the México20 list. He is a member of the National Artists’ Network and is the author of the acclaimed novels No contar todo, The Arid Sky and Among the Lost, as well as various books of short stories, including La superficie más honda and Arrastrar esa sombra. At this event he will talk to Jazmina Barrera and present his new novel, Justo antes del final.
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Event HF5

Teresa Alcántara in conversation with Óscar Pedraza Nieto

Museo de la Ciudad (sala Cristo)
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The life of Alina changes drastically the day she receives some terrible news: Daniel, her best friend, has killed himself because of the bullying he was suffering. What is the worst? Nobody seems to care and Mauricio and his gang, the bullies of our story, go unpunished. Only Alina’s grandmother has an answer to her granddaughter’s concerns, when she tells her about a creature who can act as a defender, and she teaches her the recipe to create one, assisted by Lenny, her golem. At this event, we reflect together with Teresa Alcántara about of El extraño caso de Lenny Goleman, by author Liliana Blum, on this evil which affects so many young people, how to tackle it and, above all, how to bring justice in cases of bullying. The event will be moderated by Óscar Pedra Nieto.

Ages 14 and over

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