U of G to Host Advance Launch of Jian Ghomeshi’s First Book

August 23, 2012 - News Release

Jian Ghomeshi, an award-winning broadcaster, producer, writer and musician, will visit the University of Guelph Sept. 15.

He will speak at 4 p.m. in Rozanski Hall as part of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival’s “In Conversation” series. The festival, along with U of G’s College of Arts and College of Biological Science, will host the advance launch of Ghomeshi’s first book, 1982, a literary memoir based on a 14-year-old’s desire to be David Bowie.

Jian GomeshiGhomeshi will read from and speak about the book. A question-and-answer period, book sales and a book signing will follow. Tickets are available online and at The Bookshelf in downtown Guelph.

Ghomeshi is the host and co-creator of Q, a national daily talk program on CBC Radio One and CBC-TV. He has interviewed many international figures, including Margaret Atwood, William Shatner, Tom Waits, Woody Allen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Walters and Al Gore. Since it launched in 2007, Q has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history.

Ghomeshi has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and International Herald Tribune, among others. He has appeared as a contributor or guest on programs ranging from CNN Today and The National to Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

As a singer, songwriter and musician, Ghomeshi was a member of the folk-rock group Moxy Früvous, touring internationally during the 1990s and sharing stages with prominent artists such as Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello.

Founded in 1989, the annual Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is a nationally acclaimed and widely respected literary event now in its 24th year. In addition to readings, the festival features Publishers’ Way, where publishers, booksellers, magazine producers and non-profit groups such as PEN showcase their wares.

For more information, visit www.uoguelph.ca/arts/emwf-2012.

Vicki Isotamm
Event Co-ordinator
College of Arts
University of Guelph
519-824-4120, Ext. 52991

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