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Jack Layton: Loyal supporter of those in need, avid cyclist and environmentalist, devoted father, husband and friend; in every way the kind of politician we want to believe in—discovering Jack through the eyes of neighbours, friends, family and other Canadians who knew him...
News of Jack Layton’s passing inspired impromptu memorials across Canada; rarely had we seen this level of public outpouring. Jack’s close friend, James Turk, presents a remarkable collection of insightful, touching, funny and, above all, personal accounts of an inspiring life.
It’s been just over one year since millions of Canadians mourned the loss and celebrated the life of a man who emerged a much-loved political leader, someone who combined values they shared with a unique personal style they admired.
In Love, Hope, Optimism, one of Jack’s close friends, James Turk, and co-editor Charis Wahl have gathered accounts of Jack’s life from a wide range of people who knew Jack at different stages of both his life and career. Politicians Ed Broadbent, Jean Charest, Svend Robinson, Jack’s daughter Sarah, sister Nancy, cousins, CBC broadcaster Kevin Sylvester, Rev Dr. Brent Hawkes and many others offer engaging and informal portraits.
We read about Jack’s family life as a boy, as a competitive swimmer in his youth, Jack and Olivia wild river trekking up north (without an entourage), Jack in costume ‘terrorizing’ the neighbourhood kids at his house on Halloween, the touching story of Sarah revealing to her dad on election night 2008 that he was about to become Grandpa Jack, as a Toronto city councilor and, finally, as the most successful leader of the NDP.
Love, Hope, Optimism presents 240 pages of insightful, inspiring, funny and touching personal stories of the full and generous life of one of our most respected political figures.
Royalties to benefit the Broadbent Institute
Wednesday, Oct. 17
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Octopus Books Centretown
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