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Campbell DeborahDeborah Campbell is an award-winning writer whose work explores societies in conflict. Since 2000, she has reported from Iran, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, the UAE, Qatar, Israel-Palestine, as well as Latin America. Through her work she became the only foreign journalist to enter Iran’s Bushehr nuclear compound unaccompanied, attended a “mass” for the Santa Muerte in the slums of Mexico City, and hitchhiked through Kurdistan on smugglers’ trucks. She has interviewed influential figures including Seymour Hersh, Christopher Hitchens, and Iran’s Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi. Her first book, This Heated Place, was a literary journey into the Israel-Palestine conflict. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Economist, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, New Scientist and The Walrus, among many others. Campbell has been published in 11 countries and 6 languages. She teaches creative writing and journalism at the University of British Columbia.

It was while reporting undercover for Harper’s magazine that Campbell met Ahlam, whose arrest became the basis for A Disappearance in Damascus. This book provides essential context for understanding the conflicts unfolding in Iraq and Syria and was winner of the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for non-fiction and was longlisted for The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

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Deborah’s Books:

A Disappearance In Damascus: A Story of Friendship And Courage in a Time of War


Knopf Canada, Fall 2016

Picador USA, Fall 2017

Winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (2017 BC Book Prize)

Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction