By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Literature, Science, History, Current Events
The program has been announced for Hay Festival Arequipa, which is set for November 9 to 12 in Peru. For the first time, a day of progamming is being laid on in the ancient city of Cusco, which was from the 13th to the 16th centuries the capital of the Inca empire.
Tickets are to go on sale on September 18.
Announcing that the program has more than “100 writers and thinkers,” the Hay Festival organizers probably do not mean that writers don’t think—we hope that most of them do—but that, as usual, the Hay offer is one that includes both literary figures and personalities from the world of current events, science, and history.
In this case, the program features what’s being promoted as “some of the world’s best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry,” as well as events that address human trafficking, climate change, and issues in science.
Among thinking writers slated to appear at the Peruvian iteration of the festival series:
- Dutch novelist and poet Cees Nooteboom
- British writer Geoff Dyer
- Spanish novelists Javier Cercas, Sergio del Molino, Luisge Martín and Cristina Morales
- French writer Maylis de Kerengal
- Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole
- Argentinian novelists Luisa Valenzuela and Claudia Piñeiro
- Mexican novelist Guadalupe Nettel
- Venezuelan novelist Alberto Barrera Tyska
- Canadian novelist Kim Thuy
- Peruvian writers Renato Cisneros, Raul Tola, Katia Adaui, Edgardo Rivera Martin and Martín Roldán
Poets on the bill are:
- Canadian Lee Maracle
- Spanish poet Érika González
- Peruvian poets Carmen Ollé and Victoria Guerrero
- A remembrance of Lucho Hernández on the 40th anniversary of his death
The year’s explication of Hay’s Bogotá39-2017 anthology in the case of the Peruvian festival features Maria José Caro, Guiseppe Caputo, Eduardo Plaza and Juan Manuel Robles. Not to be published until January (in the UK, by Oneworld), the anthology highlights the work of fiction writers under 40 from Latin America.
In current affairs:
- Journalist and activist Lydia Cacho surveys trafficking of women and the network behind it
- Investigative journalist Gustavo Gorriti, The New York Times’ Boris Muñoz and El País’ Juan Cruz talk about their latest work
- Jacqueline Fowks, Mirko Lauer and Alberto Vergara talk about Peruvian politics
- Former Peruvian prime minister Pedro Cateriano discusses his new book El Caso García.
There’s a particularly strong list of speakers on various aspects of history. They include:
- British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore on the Romanovs
- Norman Ohler on drug use in Nazi Germany
- Antonio Zapata on some of Peru’s darkest years
- Italian journalist Andrea Marcolongo on his book about the Greek language (available in Italian and Spanish), La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco (The Brilliant Language: 9 Reasons To Love Greek)
- Princeton professor Ruben Gallo and Cristina Rivera Garza on her work on Latin writer Juan Rulfo
- Alonso Ruiz Rosas and Eduardo Sernaqué on Peruvian cuisine
Environmental concerns are taken up this time by:
- American journalist Alan Weisman on the effects of excessive demographic growth
- British scientist Gabrielle Walker on global climate policy
- Peru’s former deputy minister of intercultural affairs Ivan Lanegra looks at the country’s role in the global crisis
There are performances and several screenings of documentaries, as well:
- Cuban singer Haydée Milanés opens the festival
- Screenwriter Xavi Ayén presents his film on the late literary agent Carmen Balcells
- Directors José Ovejero and Edurne Portela present Vida y Ficción
- Jago Cooper shows his new documentary for the BBC: The Incas
In the Hay’s long year of events relating to the Welsh original’s 30th anniversary, the 30 Reformations program at Arequipa features Lee Maracle on reforming universities, Deyan Sudjic on cities, Luisa Valenzuela looks on money, and Gabrielle Walker on the response to climate change.
More on the Arequipa festival is here, and can be found in various social media using hashtag #HayArequipa17 .