Our celebration of narrative non-fiction brings three amazing story-tellers to the stage for a remarkable evening of true stories, and a conversation on writing the world.
In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, journalist
, undercover in Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend’s arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find her—all the while fearing she could be next.
A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
is a frank, personal account of a journey through fear, and the triumph of friendship and courage.
When freelance journalist
arrives in Kashechewan, a fly-in northern Ontario reserve, to investigate rumours of a fabricated water crisis and document its deplorable living conditions, she finds herself drawn into the troubles of the reserve. Unable to cope with the desperate conditions, she begins to fall apart. Part memoir, part history of the Canadian reserves,
Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve
offers a vivid first-person account of life on a troubled reserve that illuminates a difficult and oft-ignored history.
Set in Vancouver and Toronto, the outposts of Slocan and Coaldale, the streets of Nagasaki and the high mountains of Shikoku, Japan,
Gently to Nagasaki
is also an account of a remarkable life. As a child during WWII, Joy Kogawa
was interned with her family and thousands of other Japanese Canadians by the Canadian government. Her acclaimed novel Obasan
, based on that experience, brought her literary recognition and played a critical role in the movement for redress. In her new book, interweaving the events of her own life with catastrophes like the bombing of Nagasaki and the massacre by the Japanese imperial army at Nanking, she wrestles with essential questions like good and evil, love and hate, rage and forgiveness, determined above all to arrive at her own truths.
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