From immersive journalism to internal medicine and creative writing, Deborah Campbell, Kevin Patterson, and Peter Robinson discuss why they choose to write about what they know best. Hosted by Ben McNally, moderated by Deborah Dundas.
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Deborah Campbell has spent the past decade reporting from such places as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Colombia, Cuba and Russia. Much of her work is "immersive journalism". Her award-winning articles have appeared in Harper's, The Economist,The Guardian, New Scientist, Foreign Policy and The Walrus, among others. She has been a guest lecturer in various universities including Harvard, Berkeley and the Munk School of Global Affairs. She currently teaches at the University of British Columbia. A Disappearance in Damascus is a story of courage and friendship in times of social upheaval.
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star – after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media both here and in Northern Ireland – including stints as Books Editor at Canada AM and producer at TVO – interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She feels the books beat is the perfect marriage of her experience in covering business, literature, politics and lifestyle.
Ben McNally is the proprietor of Ben McNally Books in downtown Toronto.
Kevin Patterson grew up in Manitoba, and put himself through medical school by joining the Canadian army. Now a specialist in internal medicine, he practices in the Arctic and on the coast of British Columbia. His first book, The Water In Between, was a New York Times Notable Book. Country of Cold, his debut short fiction collection, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2003, as well as the inaugural City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He lives on Saltspring Island. News From The Red Desert transports its reader to Afghanistan in 2001, right into the war zone.
Peter Robinson grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto and Richmond, Yorkshire. When the Music's Over is the 23rd book in the DCI Banks series. He has also written two collections of short stories, and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is the bestseller Before the Poison, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden's Golden Crowbar Award, and the 2013 Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Robinson's critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards, and are published in translation all over the world.