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Jian Ghomeshi’s literary memoir to be published by Penguin Canada

Once he was the king of Spain, and soon Jian Ghomeshi can call himself a published author, too.

Rights for the CBC Radio host’s literary memoir, 1982, have been purchased by Penguin Canada publisher Diane Turbide. According to a press release, the book takes up the story of 14-year-old Ghomeshi, who donned eyeliner in an attempt to emulate David Bowie and win the heart of a cool, 16-year-old girl. Penned in the “style of two of his literary heroes, Nick Hornby and David Byrne,” 1982 is structured around 12 songs of the era, with a loose chronological narrative.

1982 will be published in fall 2012 under Penguin’s Viking imprint.