Hay Festival heads to Dallas

News - Festivals Monday, 30 July 2018

Showcase of new voices of Latin American fiction in September at Dallas bookshop/bar The Wild Detectives

Coinciding with the festival's Mexican edition in Querétaro (6-9 September), and run in partnership with The Wild Detectives independent bookstore bar, the day of bilingual events on 8 September features stars from the festival's Bogotá39 selection of emerging LatAm writers, including Juan Cárdenas from Colombia, Mónica Ojeda from Ecuador, and Gabriela Jáuregui, Emiliano Monge, Daniel Saldaña, Brenda Lozano, Eduardo Rabasa, all from Mexico, alongside British translator Christina MacSweeney.

Promoting cultural exchange between North and South America, events will spotlight issues from gender and identity to the challenges of translation, while live music and DJ sets keep the celebrations going into the small hours. This event has been supported by Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas, the Mexican Consulate in Dallas and Aeroméxico.

Meanwhile, cultural figures from the US and Canada will travel to Hay Festival Querétaro to complete the exchange, including singer songwriter Patti Smith, novelists André Aciman, Lydia Davis, Vivian Gormick and Rosemary Sullivan and cartoonist Peter Kuper.

Hay Festival's Bogotá39 is the latest in the 39s series supporting the next generation of writers around the world. Selected by an expert jury, the list highlights the diversity and talent of the region's literature with 15 countries represented. Writers are showcased in a new anthology of work, published in collaboration with independent publishers around the world.

Javier Garcia del Moral, owner of The Wild Detectives, said: "We're thrilled to have Hay Festival coming to Dallas, TX. This is a huge opportunity to bring some of the most relevant Latin American culture to the US and let Texas embrace it as the melting pot that we really are."

Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director of Hay Festival, said: "We're delighted to work with The Wild Detectives to build a cultural bridge from South to North this September, showcasing the work of our Bogotá39 and celebrating the need for cultural exchange. There's never been a more urgent time to promote dialogue – writers have a unique ability to reveal universal truths, their words crossing borders and breaking boundaries. Dallas, a quintessential crossroads city with rich literary links, is the perfect place for that dialogue to be celebrated. Please join us."

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