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Olivia Chow memoir due out early next year

Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow announced Wednesday morning that she is set to pen a memoir, which will be published by HarperCollins Canada.

The book will chronicle her life as a young Hong Kong transplant in Toronto with previously middle-class parents struggling to adapt to an immigrant lifestyle. It will also tell of her political career as a former Toronto city councillor and sitting NDP MP, as well as her partnership with the late Jack Layton.

My story is like [those of] so many Canadians. It’s a story of challenges and loss but also the story of finding my home in a country and community that has given me so much, says Chow in a statement.

It has been widely speculated that Chow will run for mayor of Toronto in 2014, although she has not confirmed this. Whether or not Chow runs, the book, due out in early 2014, will coincide with the beginning of mayoral campaigning.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with someone who has given so much for this country, and in many ways embodies the modern Canadian immigrant experience, says HarperCollins Canada publisher Iris Tupholme in a statement. Her life has been an adventure, a struggle, and a triumph, and Canadians will now have the opportunity to see the private side of this very public figure.