The first episode of this season featured journalist and UBC Creative Writing professor Deborah Campbell talking about her new book, “A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War”. Recently nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers Trust Non-Fiction Award, this story begins in 2007 after the fall of Saddam Hussein when Deborah was in Damascus capturing the refugee experience. Her Iraqi fixer in Syria, who became a good friend, suddenly disappears and Deborah works to figure out why and how to have her released.
Deborah will be making a few appearances at the Vancouver Writers Fest, which runs from October 17th to 23rd. And she’ll be at Green College here on campus for a reading on November 5th.
The season also started by hearing from Co-op Program students from the Faculty of Arts. International Relations students Ralph Tsang and Morrell Andrews shared their on-the-job learning curves and some advice for students next year.
Listen to the full episode on CiTR radio here.