NDP Leader and former Brampton MPP Jagmeet Singh just released his memoir and as part of the launch, he’s hosting a book signing at Chapters.

Singh will be at Chapters on Quarry Edge Drive from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a signing and “In Conversation” chat about the book.

Singh just released Love & Courage: My Story of Family, Resilience, and Overcoming the Unexpected with Simon & Schuster Canada. The book outlines his time growing up and his experience with the racism aimed at him while he grew up in Windsor, Ontario.

“This book is the story of my family and my personal experiences growing up — sometimes difficult ones. I often felt alone, unworthy, ashamed,” Singh said in a release. “I hope this book helps some people feel less alone and know that they deserve love and happiness, no matter what they’ve gone through.”

Singh is being praised for the book’s honesty and for opening up about the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of a taekwondo instructor he refers to as Mr. N in the book.

“Mr. N abused me. He tied his perversion to my performance, which was my primary motivation,” Singh writes in the book. “It didn’t take long for the abuse to seem normal. That’s the thing about abuse — it can make the victim feel an overwhelming sense of shame, a shame so disabling that one suffers in silence.”

The NDP issued a statement on the book saying, “Jagmeet’s willingness to open up about his experience with racism and sexual abuse will help others going through the same experience.

“His courage to tell his story and brave honesty will help people with shared experiences know they’re not alone.”

Singh says the book’s title comes from an experience he had with an irate heckler in Brampton back on the campaign trail to become leader of the NDP. A video of the exchange went viral making its way across the globe. Singh responded to the heckler by saying Canadians needed to respond to hate with “love and courage”.

The book signing in Brampton is free and open to members of the public. To get a spot in the signing line you’ll need to have a wristband, which will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9:30 a.m. with proof of purchase of a book.

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