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Literary Reading Series: Deborah Campbell and Ronald Wright

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The SCAC Fall 2020 Literary Series begins with online reading with authors Deborah Campbell and Ronald Wright.

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As a result of Coronavirus we, like so many others, are offering our fall programme of literary readings via Zoom. We believe that our program is of the greatest importance, and that the encounter between Canadian authors and you, the readers, serves to enhance our appreciation of the wealth, breadth and exciting variety of Canadian literature.

Deborah Campbell will read from the multi-award winning A Disappearance in Damascus. The New York Times called it “a searing and extraordinarily affecting account of her experiences in Syria in the mid-2000’s, that reads in equal parts as memoir, history and mystery story.” The book epitomizes Campbell’s stated goal to “bridge the gap between readers ... and people in troubled places who such readers would never otherwise meet.” Campbell’s writing has been published in seven languages and 11 countries. The recipient of three National Magazine Awards, she received the 2017 Freedom to Read Award from the Writer’s Union of Canada for her body of work.

Ronald Wright is the author of ten books of history, fiction and essays published in eighteen languages and more than forty countries. His new novel, The Gold Eaters spans the first two decades of Spain’s conquest of the Inca Empire, and “deftly juggles the elements of historical fiction, war story and coming of age novel” (Kirkus Reviews). His bestsellers include the CBC Massey Lectures, A Short History of Progress, which also won the Libris Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, A Scientific Romance, Time Among the Maya, What is America? and Stolen Continents which won the Gordon Montador Award.

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