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Jian Ghomeshi

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Penguin Canada plans to publish a literary memoir by CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi next fall.

Penguin says 1982 is set in one year of Ghomeshi's life, when he was 14 and living with his Iranian parents in Thornhill, Ont.

That's also when he desired to be David Bowie and tried to woo a 16-year-old girl.

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Penguin says the book is structured around 12 songs and symbolic moments from the fall of 1981 to the summer of 1983.

The publishing house describes Ghomeshi's literary debut as "both funny and moving," and in the style of two of his literary heroes, Nick Hornby and David Byrne.

Penguin says it plans to publish 1982 under its Viking imprint.

" 1982 was a pivotal period in my life," Ghomeshi, who was born in London, England and lives in Toronto, said Monday in a statement.

"I acquired the black clothing and the hair gel to be New Wave. To be Bowie. By which I mean, almost Bowie. I was probably the first Persian-Canadian New Waver. Well, I was probably the only Persian-Canadian New Waver."

Ghomeshi is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program Q on CBC Radio One and CBC-TV.

He spent three years as the host of the Gemini Award-winning CBC-TV program Play and was a member of the folk-rock group Moxy Fruvous in the 1990s.

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