Award-winning broadcaster, best-selling author, musician and producer Jian Ghomeshi will be talking about his debut book 1982 at the Huntington University Social Centre Nov. 4 at 4 p.m.
Ghomeshi will provide audiences with a reading from his book, along with a question-and-answer period, followed by a book signing. Copies of 1982 will also be available.
Dr. Kevin McCormick, president and vice-chancellor of Huntington, is excited to bring such a reputable figure to the school.
“Jian Ghomeshi’s contributions to Canadian broadcasting have been instrumental in shaping the national cultural landscape and Huntington University is proud to host him in Sudbury,” McCormick said.
Released in September, 1982 is a literary memoir based on a 14-year-old’s desire to be David Bowie.
The story is told across 10 intertwined stories of the songs and musical moments that changed his life. Obsessed with David Bowie, the adolescent Ghomeshi embarks on a Nick Hornbyesque journey to make music the centre of his life.
Acceptance meant being cool, being cool meant being Bowie, and being Bowie meant pointy black boots, eyeliner, and hair gel.
Add to that, the essential all-black wardrobe, and you have two very confused Iranian parents, busy themselves with gaining acceptance in Canada against the backdrop of the revolution in Iran.
Ghomeshi is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program Q on CBC Radio One and CBC TV.
Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history. It is also now broadcast across the United States of America on PRI.
Mixing insight and opinion with unscripted wit, Ghomeshi shifts seamlessly from editorial essays to moderating debates on the air.
He has interviewed an array of prominent international figures from prime ministers to sports stars and cultural icons. His feature interview subjects on Q have included Woody Allen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Walters, Tom Waits, William Shatner, Jay-Z, Al Gore, Margaret Atwood and in a television world-exclusive, Leonard Cohen.
In 2012, Ghomeshi was awarded the prestigious New York Festival’s international radio broadcasting gold medal for Best Host.
He was previously awarded the gold medal for Talk Show Interview of the year for his feature length world-exclusive with Leonard Cohen in 2010. NOW Magazine named him Best Media Personality in TV or radio in the fall of 2009.
Doors open for the event at 3:30 p.m., with a projected start time of 4 p.m. There are a limited number of seats available, and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information on Ghomeshi, visit www.jian.ca.