Hay ‘Forum’ Dallas Programming Announced for September

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For a second year, the Hay Festival works with a Dallas bookstore to stage a smaller event parallel to the Hay’s Mexico festival at Querétaro.

An event at Dallas’ Wild Detectives bookstore. Image: Hay Festival, Christopher Bone

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The Hay Festival’s international network of events has in recent years explored placing short one- or two-day nearby programs to expand its impact in locations far from the Welsh center of its base. As opposed to full festivals, these sidecar shows are called forums.

An example of this is the Hay Forum Dallas that will run for a second year on September 7 and 8 as a complement to the Mexican Hay Festival Querétaro which, as we’ve reported, runs September 5 to 8.

The Dallas event is a cooperative outing between Hay and the city’s Wild Detectives bookstore.

Speakers confirmed for the two-day event include:

  • Canadian novelist Miriam Toews
  • Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza
  • US writer Leni Zumas talking of a “War on Women”
  • The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson
  • US author Ben Fountain on “Journalism and Politics”
  • Salvadorian journalist Oscar Martinez
  • US journalists Dianne Solis and John Gibler on “Migration, Borders and Violence in America”
  • Mexican linguist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar discussing “Language, Activism and Indigenous Communities
  • Mexican poet Luis Felipe Fabre on “Bending The Boundaries of Poetry and Narrative”

Music follows the discussion sessions.

‘An Open-Hearted Crossroads City’

In a prepared statement, Cristina Fuentes La Roche, who directs the international Hay program, is quoted, saying, “Dallas is the perfect addition to our global calendar of events–an open-hearted crossroads city bridging south to north.

“We’re honored to partner with the Wild Detectives to bring our festival writers to a US audience and celebrate the value of cultural exchange. There’s never been a more urgent time to promote dialogue, and writers have a unique ability to reveal universal truths.”

And for the bookstore, Javier Garcia del Moral is quoted, saying, “After last year’s sellout event we’ve added an extra day of sessions” and a roster of “writers who can offer new perspectives on the world we live in and interrogate the different directions we can take going forward.”

Last year’s inaugural Hay Forum Dallas celebrated the festival’s Bogotá39 selection of Latin American writers younger than 40 with authors showcased in a new anthology.

Further information and ticket sales for the Dallas event can be found here.

An event at Dallas’ Wild Detectives bookstore. Image: Hay Festival, Scott McDaniel


More from Publishing Perspectives on the Hay Festival and its events is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.

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