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.
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. Sleeping in the Ground is the twenty-fourth book in the bestselling Inspector Banks series. He has also written two collections of short stories and three stand-alone novels, the most recent of which is #1 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. The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Inspector Banks series. Several Inspector Banks novels have been adapted for television and have appeared on PBS.