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Bookstore Highlight - Vancouver Special @van_special #bookstore #canada

Have we told you yet how much we're obsessed with Vancouver Special?  When it opened in April 2008, we couldn't believe there was finally a store devoted to high quality and AFFORDABLE (!!!!) Scandinavian and Japanese design. It is a mini sanctuary just on the edge of Vancouver's bustling downtown core. They offer an incredible selection of contemporary furniture, sofas, design objects, household accessories, and art and architecture books. Please check it out if you're in Vancouver. You will not be disappointed.



Revenge of the Nerds!

Michael Buckley, bestselling children's author of The Sisters Grimm and N.E.R.D.S. books series, delighted young fans in Vancouver last night at a booksigning organized by the fabulous Vancouver Kidsbooks. Parents and children gave Michael their full attention as he waxed comedic about his good friends in the business (AKA Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda books) and other famous folk who have inspired him along the way (Steve Martin was mentioned a couple of times!).

Michael spoke animatedly about some of the interesting jobs he had before becoming an author, such as a P.A. for David Letterman, a circus performer, t.v. screenwriter (he wrote for Nickelodeon!) and stand up comedian.  He decided to become a children's book author when he realized he was really into what other kids were into, like video games and whacky t.v. shows.

When asked about the inspiration for his N.E.R.D.S. series, he explained that it came to him like an epiphany at a high school reunion.  He looked around and suddenly realized all of the kids who were cool in high school grew up ordinary, whereas the nerds (a group to which he admittedly belonged) all flourished to work at really interesting jobs and married to supermodels! His takeaway lesson?  It all gets better kids!  Who wants to peak at 16 anyway?!

Michael Buckley's new book, N.E.R.D.S.: The Cheerleaders of Doom (9781419700248; $16.95) is available now wherever fine children's books are sold.


Michael Moore in Vancouver

There wasn't an empty seat in the house and the crowd was bristling with excitement.  The energy was palpable and for good reason, Michael Moore is a superb speaker.  When we weren't laughing out loud as he read from his new book Here Comes Trouble we were nudging one another in agreement as he lamented over the state of politics in America.  There was a moment as he was preparing to change microphones when he asked us to sing a little song while he walked across the stage and the crowd broke out in a slightly off-key, but undeniably proud rendition of Oh, Canada! Rather than change mics he stayed where he was and sang along with us as the clever stage hand changed his background lighting to red.  I get goosebumps all over again just thinking about it! Overall we were a nice, friendly crowd, until the question and answer portion of the evening arrived.  Rather than raise our hands we raised our voices making it frustrating for some people trying to get noticed.  In my opinion, the rough flow of the evening created an authentic experience that I appreciated and found appropriately suited of the rumpled  speaker decked out in sneakers and a hoodie.  It all just seemed to fit.

Another touching moment came when he mentioned a fellow alum from his highschool, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas who played against the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs.  The crowd cheered at the name and Michael stood before us shaking his head in awe.   "Really?" he exclaimed, "You see, this is what makes you so unlike us. Even in defeat, you can recognize and applaud talent."

We think you're swell too Michael. Come back to see us anytime.


The Vancouver International Writers Festival is hosting Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and best selling author Michael Moore at The Stanley Theatre (2750 Granville Street) on Sunday, September 18th.  Moore will be reading from his new memoirs Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life and signing books to a sold out crowd! Present in said crowd will be myself along with west coasters Iolanda Millar and Jennifer Fyffe (all on our very best behaviour) who will fill you in on the experience next week with pics and maybe even a signed copy giveaway! Unfortunately the show is sold out, however the book is available in bookstores so go get it y'all!  And if you're interested in learning more about Moore and the book, and to hear what the critics are saying, I've made it easy for you by compiling a list of links below.  You're welcome.

New York Times, CBC-Q (Sept 21), Colbert Report, Huff Post Canada, Globe and Mail, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, New York Post

Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life by Michael Moore

ISBN: 9780446532242 / Hardcover, $29.99/ Grand Central Publishing




Exciting news for Wimpy Kid Fans!  Variety announced yesterday that the third Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie has been green lit from FOX pictures.  Thus far it is titled to match the fourth book in the Wimpy Kid series, Dog Days.

Read all about it in the VARIETY article, here!

Vancouver Book Launch

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark:Thursday, September 23rd Doors open at 7 pm, reading at 8 pm The WISE, 1882 Adanac Street (at Victoria), Vancouver 604-254-5858

Copies will be available to be signed by the author. Free cake and treats. Cash bar. To RSVP or for more information please contact Simon Ware:

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Michael Buckley at Kidsbooks on Broadway in Vancouver

Michael BuckleyAuthor: Michael Buckley Book: NERDS book 2: M is for Mamma’s Boy 978-0-8109-8986-3 and NERDS book 1 paperback 978-0-8109-8985-6 and the full Sisters Grimm series

Date: Thursday October 28, 2010

Time: 7:00pm

Store: Kidsbooks on Broadway 3083 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9 Canada Ph: 604-738-5335