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Co-Authors of New Book Discuss Life in Syria and a Spiritual Quest

The book, Inside Syria:  A  Physician’s Memoir, co-written by pediatric neurologist Dr. Tarif Bakdash who worked for a time at Mercy Springfield and Dr. W.D. Blackmon,head of the MSU English Department, puts into context the current political and humanitarian crisis involving Syria.  The authors will present readings in southern Missouri next week.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky talked with them about the book.

Dr. Bakdash and Dr. Blackmon will present a reading from their book Thursday Feb. 25 at 2 pm at the West Plains Civic Center and Friday Feb. 26 at 7 pm in the Plaster Student Union in Springfield.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.