Office Hours: Paula Delgado-Kling teaches Leonor: The Story of a Lost Childhood

 
 
Friday
April 12th
6:30PM
 
445 Gold St.
Downtown Brooklyn (City Point BKLYN)
 
Join author Paula Delgado-Kling for a discussion centered around her nonfiction book, Leonor: The Story of a Lost Childhood. The author was forced to flee her homeland of Colombia due to a kidnapping threat. Later, when she was researching more about her native country, she met Leonor, a former child soldier. The author followedLeonor for 19 years, from shortly after she was an active FARC member forced into sexual slavery by a commander thirty-four years her senior, through her rehabilitation and struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, to more recent days, as the mom of two girls. The book is a truly fascinating account of life in Colombia and the struggles of war victims, especially women and children.

 

Leonor: The Story of a Lost Childhood

Throughout the story of Leonor, Delgado-Kling interweaves the experiences of her own family, involved with Colombian politics since the 19th century and deeply afflicted, too, by the decades of violence there.

Paula Delgado-Kling followed Leonor for nineteen years, from shortly after she was an active member of the FARC forced into sexual slavery by a commander thirty-four years her senior, through her rehabilitation and struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, to more recent days as the mother of two girls.

Leonor's physical beauty, together with resourcefulness and imagination in the face of horrendous circumstances, helped her carve a space for herself in a male-dominated world. She never stopped believing that she was a woman of worth and importance. It took her many years of therapy to accept that she was also a victim.

 


This event is part of McNally Jackson's single-session seminar program, Office Hours, where we invite authors and scholars to lecture on their work. These intimate seminars are capped at 15 people to facilitate deep discussion. If cost is a prohibiting factor, please email events@mcnallyjackson.com. Books are available for ship out or pick up before of the event to give attendees ample reading time ahead of the seminar. We encourage folks to arrive prepared to listen, discuss, and socialize!

Paula Delgado-Kling holds degrees in comparative literature/French civilizations, international affairs, and creative writing from Brown University, Columbia University, and The New School, respectively. Leonor, for which she received two grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts, is her first book. Excerpts of this book have appeared in Narrative, The Literary Review, Pacifica Literary Review, and Happano.org in Japan. Her work for the Mexican monthly news magazine Gatopardo was nominated for the Simon Bolivar Award, Colombia’s top journalism prize, and anthologized in Las Mejores Crónicas de Gatopardo (Random House Mondadori, 2006). Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Toronto, Canada, Delgado-Kling now resides in New York City. To learn more, please visit PaulaDelgadoKling.com

 

 

(Ticket price includes the copy of the book and shipping, if applicable)
 
SKU: 9781682194478seminar
On Hand: 14
Price: $37.00