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"For authors that write about children, there is a need to go back in time to find that child they once were or still are," said Laura Restrepo, a Colombian writer, journalist and political activist who also studies authors who write about children, in her first Cornell talk, Feb. 26.
Restrepo, the first Latin American woman writer appointed as a Cornell A.D. White Professor-at-Large, discussed "Authors in Search of the Child They Were: On Memory and Origin" in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium. The author of seven novels, including "Delirium" in 2004, Restrepo discussed the memory of childhood as an important experience that offers us some hidden information about our lives. She described writing about children as an experience of diving into time, life and words and rhythm.