Mexico’s Hay Festival Querétaro Program Is Announced: ‘Extending Our Breadth’

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In its eighth year in Mexico, the Hay Festival returns to Querétaro with a raft of commentators and writers, as well as musicians and scientists. Tickets now are on sale.

At Mexico’s Hay Festival Queretaro. Image: Hay Festival, Daniel Mordzinski

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

Writing, Current Events, Science, History

Hay Festival 30th Anniversary logoPromising to “address issues from US policy to climate change,” organizers of Hay Festival Querétaro have announced their program amid the Hay’s ongoing 30th-anniversary events. Tickets go on sale today (July 10).

Set for September 7 to 10, this iteration of the festival includes Hay Jovan for students and Hay Festivalito for youngsters, and is set in one of the most apt destinations for the diverse festival, Querétaro being one of the most culturally historic and picturesque cities in the country.

Among highlights of the Mexican edition this year, press information includes the traditional deep bench of authors discussing their new writings and careers, featuring:

  • Playwright and filmmaker Hanif Kureishi;
  • Italian writer Paolo Giordano;
  • Brazilian author Nelida Piñon;
  • Argentinian writer César Aira;
  • American journalist and writer Lionel Shriver;
  • Colombian novelist Hector Abad Faciolince;
  • Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga; and
  • Some of the Bogotá39-2017 authors chosen for this year’s special anthology of emerging Latin American writers under 40, as covered by Publishing Perspectives.

Speakers addressing current events–in what is easily one of the most politically charged years of the decade–include:

  • American Nobel Peace Prize-winner Jody Williams;
  • Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova;
  • American policy analyst David Rieff;
  • New York Times editor Mark Thompson;
  • Mexican intellectual Enrique Krauze; and
  • Former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rajendra Pachauri.

Among scientists announced to speak:

  • Mexican ecologist Julia Carabias;
  • Chilean astronomer Maria Teresa Ruiz; and
  • French physicist Christophe Galfard.

Historians Simon Sebag Montefiere and Andrea Wulf are also on tap, as are pianist James Rhodes (UK), vocalist Haydée Milanés, and the Caribbean ensemble Systema Solar.

At Mexico’s Hay Festival Queretaro. Image: Hay Festival, Daniel Mordzinski

‘To Develop the Potential of our Community’

In a prepared statement for the media, Marcos Aguilar Vega, mayor of the city of Querétaro, is quoted, saying, “With this festival, we bring literature to everyone.

“We collaborate with artists to allow audiences to enjoy and experience the transformative power of words. We want to develop the potential of our community, because we know that an innovative, critical and free society is necessarily connected with literary experiences.”

And Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director of Hay Festival, is quoted, saying, “Hay Festival Querétaro maintains our focus on the world’s greatest writers while extending our breadth to explore the greatest challenges of our time.

“It’s exciting to continue our work in Mexico–offering a platform for ever-widening conversations–at a time when Mexico, and the world, re-imagines a future with hope.”

This year’s Querétaro edition of the Hay is the networked series of international events’ eight doing in Mexico. In past years, the Mexican Hay has been seen in Zacatecas, Xalapa, and Mexico City.

“Hay 30” is a described by organizers as “a selection of young novelists, scientists, philosophers, performers and activists who will help imagine and shape the world in the next 30 years.” Tolokonnikova will represent the selection at Hay Festival Querétaro.

The Mexican edition of this year’s Hay Festival is hashtagged #HayQueretary17, and more information is here.

At Mexico’s Hay Festival Queretaro. Image: Hay Festival, Daniel Mordzinski

Upcoming International Hay Festival Events
  • 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 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.