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Rob Ford 'tell-all' book by Mark Towhey coming within weeks

09/10/2014 12:37 EDT | Updated 11/10/2014 05:59 EST
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is once again coming to a library near you.

The mayor's former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, has written a new book that reportedly will be coming out within weeks. Journalist Johanna Schneller is listed as a co-author.

New York-based Skyhorse Publishing is touting the book as "a must-read for Canadians voting in the mayoral election," as well as "an unparalleled tell-all" about Towhey's time with the controversial mayor of Canada's most populous city.

The book's exact title is not immediately clear. A promotional blurb seems to refer to it both as Mayor Ford: Behind the Scenes and also Uncontrollable: My Life with Mayor Rob Ford.

A Skyhorse spokesperson could not immediately be reached for clarification about the title.

Towhey has not worked with the mayor in more than a year.

He was let go from the mayor's office within days of the first reports that someone had been shopping a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine — the scandal that made the city's chief magistrate world famous, and the focus of an intense media spotlight that he still finds himself in today.

Ford denied the claims about the so-called crack cocaine tape for months, but finally admitted to having smoked the drug after police revealed last October that they had obtained a video file that was consistent with what the media had reported.

The Toronto Public Library has 146 copies of Towhey's book on order, according to its website.

That's less than the 220 copies the library website lists of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, a book by Toronto journalist Robyn Doolittle that came out in February.

Seven months later, there are still dozens of hold requests for the book by Toronto library users.

An updated edition of Doolittle's book is due out next week.

In an email to CBC News, Doolittle said it will cover some recent events that include Ford declaring his candidacy for re-election and his trip to rehab.

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