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Children's Nonfiction Composition & Creative Writing

For Those About to Write

How I Learned to Love Books and Why I Had to Write Them

by (author) Dave Bidini

Initial publish date
Oct 2007
Composition & Creative Writing, Careers, General
Recommended Age
10 to 18
Recommended Grade
5 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price

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Dave Bidini’s quirky personal path to becoming a writer (as well as a well-known rock musician and sports enthusiast) began when he was very young and loved to pick at the typewriter.

About the author

Dave Bidini's first book, published in 1998, was the popular and critically acclaimed On a Cold Road, about what it's like to tour Canada in a rock 'n' roll band. He has since written four more books, Tropic Of Hockey (2001), Baseballissimo (2004), For Those About to Rock (2004) and The Best Game You Can Name (2005). When he is not writing or traveling the world, Bidini is rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics. He also starred in the Gemini Award-winning film The Hockey Nomad. Dave Bidini lives with his wife and two children in Toronto.


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Editorial Reviews

Praise for For Those About to Rock:

“Equal parts career guide and history lesson, For Those About to Rock tells not only how to get where you’re going, but where it all came from in the first place.”
The Globe and Mail

“… Enormously readable … filled with first-person insights and useful information and peppered with the kind of trivia that appeals to even the nonmusical.”
The Gazette

“This is an extraordinarily entertaining volume for kids of all ages….”
Edmonton Journal

“One of ‘two books every Canadian musician must read.’”
–Long and McQuade