CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi’s arrest last year shook Canadians and prompted an outpouring of discussion on the subject of violence against women. Now, the Toronto Starreporter who broke the news, Kevin Donovan, is about to broaden the conversation with his new book, Jian Ghomeshi – Secret Life, set for a June release.
The publication promises an in-depth look at the events leading to Jian’s arrest, from the climate behind the scenes at the public broadcaster to background on the radio host’s life and rise to fame.
Adopting a new publishing model, Jian Ghomeshi – Secret Life has two publishers – Kobo Inc will, for the first time, release an original e-book, while independent Canadian publisher ECW Press will be responsible for the print edition. Both are slated for release this summer.
Jian was considered one of Canada’s top radio hosts and interviewers until multiple women came forward with sexual assault allegations against the former member of Moxy Fruvous, leading to his firing from CBC and the wildly popular radio show he hosted, Q.
At the time, news of Jian’s disgraced exit made global headlines, from Britain’s Daily Mail to the Washington Post. The 47-year-old’s legal team is due back in court today (April 28) for further pre-trial proceedings. Jian is currently out on $100,000 bail.
Meanwhile, Canadian hip-hop artist Shad has taken over as host of the successful cultural radio show, which has been rebranded as q, having kicked off his first turn as the show’s leading man with guests like musician Bahamas and comedian Marc Maron.