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Svend Robinson bio shipping now; November launches in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto


9781554200689-voyage-3DA new biog­ra­phy of polar­iz­ing NDP MP Svend Robin­son hits stores this month. Svend Robin­son: A Life in Pol­i­tics, by Ottawa writer Graeme Tru­elove, tells the sto­ry of the long-time fed­er­al MP, from his Min­neso­ta roots and UBC stu­dent days, to his soar­ing career and hum­bling fall as a star in the Cana­di­an polit­i­cal fir­ma­nent.

Hard-work­ing and medi­a­genic, Robin­son, rep­re­sent­ing work­ing-class Burn­a­by, BC in Par­lia­ment from 1979 to 2004, learned ear­ly how to gar­ner head­lines for the many caus­es he embraced, along the way gain­ing the wrath of his polit­i­cal ene­mies as well as many jour­nal­ists who resent­ed his media skills, while win­ning the admi­ra­tion and respect of mil­lions of Cana­di­ans on whose behalf he fought. Robin­son used his pop­u­lar­i­ty and polit­i­cal skills to advance the caus­es of First Nations, con­sumer safe­ty, polit­i­cal refugees, gays and les­bians, and the right of the ter­mi­nal­ly ill to die on their own terms, among many oth­er bat­tles he took on.

Tru­elove, who con­duct­ed numer­ous inter­views with Robin­son, doesn’t shy from the con­tro­ver­sial aspects of Robinson’s career — his head-butting with par­ty lead­ers and col­leagues, the rocky rela­tion­ship with Dave Bar­rett and the BC provin­cial NDP, the infa­mous “chick­en book” inci­dent, his near-fatal fall while hik­ing, and the inci­dent which brought his career to a sud­den halt, the 2004 theft of a dia­mond ring.

Svend Robin­son: A Life in Pol­i­tics launch­es in three cities. The Van­cou­ver launch is Fri­day, Novem­ber 15 at 7 pm at the Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Horn­by Street. The Ottawa launch is Tues­day, Novem­ber 19 at 5:30 pm at D’arcy McGee’s Irish Pub, 44 Sparks Street. Books will be pro­vid­ed by Books on Beech­wood. The Toron­to launch is Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 30 at 2 pm at Fron­tier Col­lege, 35 Jack­es Avenue, where the Glad Day Book­shop is the book­seller of record.

Admis­sion to the launch­es is free. Svend Robin­son him­self is expect­ed to attend the launch­es in all three cities.

Copies of Svend Robin­son: A Life in Pol­i­tics go on sale this week at 32 Books, Anoth­er Sto­ry, Ben McNal­ly Books, Black Bond Books, Bolen Books, Books on Beech­wood, Laugh­ing Oys­ter Book­shop, Mill Street Books, McNal­ly Robin­son Book­sellers, Mosa­ic Books, Munro’s, Octo­pus Books, People’s Co-op Book­store, Per­fect Books, Talewind BooksVol­ume I Book­store, Words Worth Books, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­gary Book­store, Yel­lowknife Book Cel­lar, York Uni­ver­si­ty Book­store, Archam­bault, Chap­ters, Indi­go,,, and New Star’s own web­site.