Man Booker International finalist Samanta Schweblin's haunting and suspenseful fiction often presents a striking and subversive portrait of her homeland of Argentina.
Laia Jufresa's compassionate, moving, funny and inventive writing transports us to the heart of Mexico City, where she moved when she was 18 years old, while Giuseppe Caputo explores violence and homosexuality in his distinctive take on daily life in Colombia.
Samanta Schweblin was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her prize-winning short story collections are El núcleo del disturbio, Pájaros en la boca and Siete casas vacías.
Distancia de rescate (published in English in 2017 as Fever Dream), her first novel, was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. Her story collection A Mouthful of Birds is forthcoming in 2019.
Laia Jufresa grew up in the cloud forest of Veracruz and spent her teenage years in Paris, moving to Mexico City at the age of 18. She is the author of the short story collection El esquinista and the novel Umami, won the PEN Translates Award and was shortlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award.
Giuseppe Caputo was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1982. He studied creative writing at the University of New York and at the University of Iowa, where he also specialised in queer and gender studies. His first novel, Un mundo huérfano, was published in Colombia in 2016.
The trio of authors, presented in partnership with Hay Festival, are featured in Bogotá 39-2017, a new selection of the best fiction writers under 40 from across Latin America.
This event will be chaired by Sophie Hughes, an award-winning translator from Spanish and a literary critic with a particular interest in contemporary Latin American literature. She has been the recipient of a British Centre for Literary Translation mentorship and residency and an American PEN Heim Literary Translation grant.