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Ali Hassan, comedian and Canada Reads host, publishing memoir in fall 2021

Is There Bacon in Heaven?: And Other Pressing Questions From a Muslim will be available on Oct. 5, 2021.

Is There Bacon in Heaven?: And Other Pressing Questions From a Muslim will be available on Oct. 5, 2021

Ali Hassan is a comedian, actor and host of CBC's Canada Reads. (Foad Hassan)

Ali Hassan, an actor, comedian, CBC host and professional chef, is writing a memoir. 

Is There Bacon in Heaven?: And Other Pressing Questions From a Muslim will be available on Oct. 5, 2021. It is being published by Simon & Schuster Canada.

Hassan is the host of CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud and a frequent guest host of As it Happens and q. He has hosted Canada Reads since 2017.

The 2021 edition of Canada Reads will take place March 8-11.

Hassan can also be seen in his recurring TV roles on Designated SurvivorOdd Squad and Cardinal

Is There Bacon in Heaven?: And Other Pressing Questions From a Muslim is a comedic yet insightful look at Hassan's lifelong relationship with being Muslim, sharing experiences like learning Arabic and discovering pepperoni. It also looks how becoming a parent inspired him to examine his relationship with his Muslim culture more closely.

Is There Bacon in Heaven? is inspired by Hassan's one-man comedy show Muslim Interrupted. 

"This memoir grew out of my one-person comedy show, allowing me to further explore my ups and downs with my faith and culture. Now as a father of four, I want to explain my point of view to my kids, but I can't just 'hand over' an identity as a cultural Muslim. Sharing this story is the next best thing," Hassan said.

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