Hay Festival Announces Bogotá39-2017 Anthology of Latin American Authors

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Ten years after publishing its original edition, the Hay Festival in Colombia announces the authors in the latest Bogotá39 anthology.
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At the 2016 Hay Festival Caragena. Image: Hay Festivals, Daniel Mordzinski and Joaquin Sarmiento

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Authors Appear at Hay Cartagena 2018
Writers deemed by a jury as among the best from Latin America under the age of 40 are to be showcased in a new Hay Festival anthology, Bogotá39-2017.

It’s to be published in collaboration with independent publishers in Latin America, and published in an English translation in January by the UK’s Oneworld.

Attendees of Hay Festival’s Colombian edition, Hay Cartagena de Indias, will see the anthologized writers in live events at the 13th iteration of that festival, January 25 to 28.

Hay officials say that 15 nations are represented by the chosen authors, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

In a prepared statement released Saturday (May 6), Hay’s international festivals director Cristina Fuentes La Roche is quoted, saying, “Ten years on from our first Bogotá39 selection in 2007, we are delighted to reveal the latest list of writers to mark a new generation of Latin American writing talent.

“With events now running annually in Colombia, Peru, and Mexico, we are proud to use this platform to celebrate the continent’s emerging literary stars. We hope the Bogotá39-2017 [writers] are as warmly received as their predecessors.”

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At the 2016 Hay Festival Caragena. Image: Hay Festivals, Daniel Mordzinski and Joaquin Sarmiento

Authors Chosen for ‘Bogotá39-2017’
  • Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba)
  • Frank Báez (Dominican Republic)
  • Natalia Borges Polesso (Brazil)
  • Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia)
  • Juan Cárdenas (Colombia)
  • Mauro Javier Cárdenas (Colombia)
  • María José Caro (Peru)
  • Mart ín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina)
  • Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia)
  • Juan Esteban Constaín (Colombia)
  • Lola Copacabana (Argentina)
  • Gonzalo Eltesch (Chile)
  • Diego Erlan (Argentina)
  • Daniel Ferreira (Colombia)
  • Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica)
  • Dami án González Bertolino (Uruguay)
  • Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico)
  • Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico)
  • Laia Jufresa (Mexico)
  • Mauro Libertella (Argentina)
  • Brenda Lozano (Mexico)
  • Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)
  • Alan Mills (Guatemala)
  • Emiliano Monge (Mexico)
  • Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador)
  • Eduardo Plaza (Chile)
  • Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico)
  • Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia)
  • Juan Manuel Robles (Peru)
  • Cristian Romero (Colombia)
  • Juan Pablo Ronconce (Chile)
  • Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico)
  • Samanta Schweblin (Argentina)
  • Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela)
  • Luciana Sousa (Argentina)
  • Mariana Torres (Brazil)
  • Valentín Trujillo (Uruguay)
  • Claudia Ulloa Donoso (Peru)
  • Diego Zúñiga (Chile)
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At the 2016 Hay Festival Caragena. Image: Hay Festivals, Daniel Mordzinski and Joaquin Sarmiento

Upcoming International Hay Festival Dates
  • Hay Festival Wales, UK (May 25 – June 4)
  • Hay Festival Queretaro, Mexico (September 7-10)
  • Hay Festival Segovia, Spain (September 22-24)
  • European Children’s Literature Hay Festival Aarhus, Denmark (October 26-29)
  • Hay Festival Arequipa, Peru (November 9-12)
  • Hay Festival Wales Winter Weekend, UK (November 24-26)
  • Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (January 25-28, 2018)
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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.