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Wild Detectives bookstore in Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX. Photo: Scott McDaniel/Wild Detectives
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Hay Forum Dallas to bring together Latin and North American culture for two days

The main festival will take place at The Wild Detective bookstore in Dallas, TX, on Sept. 3 and 4

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For the fifth time since 2018, The Wild Detective bookshop-bar in Dallas, TX, will host the Hay Forum Dallas, a series of literary events and concerts coproduced with Hay Festival that will last two days with the aim to bring together Latin and North American culture to stimulate, educate, and foster engaging global conversations on literature.

The main festival will take place at The Wild Detective on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4. There will also be activities for University Students at South Methodist University, University of North Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas.

2022 has the most ambitious goals in terms of guests and activities, featuring nine authors from six different nationalities. 

Some of the The Wild Detectives events include a panel named "Free speech in Cuba," featuring Cuban journalist and writer Carlos Manuel Alvarez.

The author will be presenting his new book The Tribe, which chronicles different stories from the island, and his accounts of the 2021 Cuban protest where he was detained and silenced for several days.

Carlos Manuel will be in conversation with María Ramos Pacheco, a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and Al Día Dallas.

A panel on "Latin American music in the USA today" will feature Mexican cumbia singer songwriter Amandititia, who will be in conversation with music chronicler Carlos Velazquez and DJ Suxxy Puxxy about the rise and influence of Latin American sounds like cumbia in the U.S., and how they are establishing the new international musical canon. Amanditia, considered 'La Reina de la Anarcumbia,' has been a seminal figure in the cumbia boom within the U.S. over the past decade.

"Centering Margins: Social Conflicts in Latin America" is another panel that will follow Mexican linguist rights activist and writer Yasnaya Elena, Peruvian journalist and activist Joseph Zarate (Wars of Interior, Granta 2021), and Argentina writer Dolores Reyes (Eartheater, HarperCollins 2021) for discussion exploring the complexities of language, cultural homogenization, environmental conflicts, and gender violence within their respective homelands.

Spanish journalist and researcher Marta Peirano will also discuss her new book and the relationships between technology and power, information control and climate change. Under the title “Dangers of the Internet: A Cautionary Anti-Apocalyptic Tale,” Peirano will be in conversation with Sarah Hepola and address the current climate crisis and what action strategies can be utilized to deal with the acceleration of climate feudalism and mass surveillance. Peirano will also talk about her newest book, Contra El Futuro (Debate, 2022). 

There will be also a conversation with Alma Guillermoprieto, one of the most relevant journalist in America. The Mexican journalist began her career in Nicaragua amid its Sandinista struggle. She covered conflicts in Central America for The Washington Post and The Guardian, and has since written tirelessly on Latin America for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, National Geographic and occasionally for El País. Among her many awards are the 2018 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. She has written, among other books, Desde el país de nunca jamás (2011), La Habana en un espejo (2017), ¿Será que soy feminista? (2020) and her latest publication, La vida toda (2022). 

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