Do you think it is easy to write history books?

As if the lock-out wasn’t enough for hockey fans, it looks like one long-anticipated stocking stuffer won’t be ready this year.

We haven’t heard a peep from Harper since this story last Christmas:

PM Harper’s hockey book to drop next year

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper — the hockey nut that he is — has spent nearly a decade writing a book about Canada’s national winter sport. Now, comes word that he is intent on finishing the tome next year.

Harper has a publisher for the book, which isn’t expected to merely be a dry history of the game, but rather, a close look at the professionalization of the sport in the early 1900s.

Don’t be surprised if the book lands on store shelves in 2012.

So will he be Hemingway of the North? Will hockey fans throughout the country flock to their nearest bookseller to plunk down their hard-earned cash? Wait for the puck to drop.

Harper’s office confirmed Tuesday the prime minister’s book will be complete in 2012.

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3 Responses to Do you think it is easy to write history books?

  1. Steve
  2. Daniel

    You must have missed the Harper hockey book auction early last year. The eventual winner paid $14.86 for all printed copies. Screen capture of the auction notice here: http://tinypic.com/r/2a66p3r/6

  3. Brian Busby

    Steve’s right that we’ve heard something – well, one thing – since last December’s excitement over the hockey book. Yep, there was supposedly a bidding war (according to the PM’s literary agent) and a publisher was to be chosen in March (according to the PM’s literary agent). And yet we’ve heard nothing since from either the PM’s literary agent or the winning publisher. Odd.

    I’ve been following this supposed literary endeavour for years. If interested, here’s the latest:
    http://brianbusby.blogspot.ca/search/label/Harper%20Hockey%20Book%20Watch

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