Deborah Campbell wins Weston Prize

nonfiction_campbell%2c-deborah-3dCongratulations to Creative Writing lecturer Deborah Campbell, who has won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for her book A Disappearance in DamascusThe annual prize awards $60,000 to the best in Canadian nonfiction.

In A Disappearance in Damascus, Campbell chronicles her friendship with Ahlam, an Iraqi refugee working as a fixer for journalists in Syria. Ahlam’s educational initiatives for refugees draw unwanted attention from the authorities and leads to her disappearance. She is later released from captivity and immigrates to the U.S. with her young children.