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Brooklyn BookBeat: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ star speaks in Bay Ridge

Nia Vardalos, writer and star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” will speak at The BookMark Shoppe in Bay Ridge on Thursday, April 4, about her new book “Instant Mom: I Thought I Knew Love, and Then I Met My Daughter.” Wikimedia Commons photo (from Canadian Film Centre/Jesse Grant/WireImage).

The BookMark Shoppe

Nia Vardalos, writer and star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” will appear at The BookMark Shoppe in Bay Ridge on Thursday, April 4 to celebrate the release of her book “Instant Mom: I Thought I Knew Love, and Then I Met My Daughter.” In the book, Vardalos tells her hilarious and poignant road-to-parenting story that eventually leads to her daughter and prompts her to become a major advocate for adoption.

Moments after Vardalos finds out she has been nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, she is alone and enroute to a fertility clinic, trying yet again for a chance at motherhood.

Vardalos chronicles her attempts to have a baby, and how she tries everything—from drinking jugs of green mud tea, to acupuncture, to working with two surrogates. Finally, she and her husband, actor Ian Gomez, decide to try adoption and discover a free service: Foster Family Agencies. Then one day, the social workers "match" her with an almost-three-year-old girl, who she knows, instantly, is her daughter.

With her signature wit and candor, Vardalos reveals what really came next—the truth of how she and her husband transitioned a preschooler into their home. Vardalos opens up about the bawling-tears and belly-laughter that all make up what it means to be...a parent. 

Academy Award– and Golden Globe–nominated actress and writer of such films as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Connie and Carla," "I Hate Valentine’s Day," "My Life In Ruins," and "Larry Crowne," Nia Vardalos was born and raised in Canada and is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto and Chicago. She, her husband, daughter, and many pets reside in Los Angeles. 

The April 4 event will begin at 7 p.m. The BookMark Shoppe is located at 8415 3rd Ave in Bay Ridge. Books purchased at The BookMark Shoppe will be signed (each event attendee must purchase at least one copy of “Instant Mom.”) Signed copies can be held for you if you cannot make the event. This event is not ticketed, but pre-paid tickets are available. Call 718-833-5115 for more information.

April 3, 2013 - 1:25pm


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