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Humourist to appear at Author's Festival

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Montreal humourist and CBC radio host Jonathan Goldstein has a new book coming out – I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow – on the coattails of which he has been invited to appear at the 2012 International Festival of Authors at Toronto’s Harbourfront (Oct. 18 to 28).

Goldstein writes a weekly self-satirical column in the National Post and recently hilariously divulged that he spent more than a decade invading people’s privacy as a telemarketer while trying to further his writing career. His big break came in 2000 when he was hired to work as a producer on the popular American radio show This American Life. Several years later he began his own show, WireTap, for the CBC. 

Besides the National Post, Goldstein has written for a score of publications including The Walrus and the New York Times. He is the author of several novels. Scheduled to be published by Penguin in October, I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow is a collection of short stories hilariously recounting the highs and lows of his last year in his 30s

Goldstein is now famous enough to have his own Wikipedia entry, which relates that he also co-scripted Schmelvis: In Search of Elvis Presley’s Roots. Featured in the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, the 2001 film followed a band of Jewish schlemiels who drive through the American Bible Belt and visit Israel attempting to document Presley’s connections to Judaism (including, believe it or not, a Jewish great-grandmother). Ultimately the boys end up in a Christian revival meeting – just the sort of ironic humour that has become Goldstein’s trademark schtick. 

Goldstein reads from his new book and is interviewed at IFOA on Oct. 20, 9 p.m., along with his CBC colleagues Jian Ghomeshi and Nora Young. He also appears in a separate event at noon the same day. www.readings.org

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