Daugh­ter’s brav­ery helped Varda­los write Mom mem­oir

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE - By Ran­dall King

ON Wed­nes­day night in Toronto, Os­car-nom­i­nated screen­writer-ac­tress Nia Varda­los scored a for­mi­da­ble ad­di­tion to an al­ready im­pres­sive re­sumé: best­selling au­thor.

Varda­los was in T.O. on a book tour for her mem­oir/adop­tion guide In­stant Mom. Over the phone, she prac­ti­cally bub­bles with re­call­ing how she got to share the news of the lit­er­ary coup.

As is of­ten the case with Varda­los, mem­bers of her fam­ily and friends were in­volved.

“(They) came in for my book sign­ing at Indigo, and we all went for din­ner. I pulled my phone out and I saw a bunch of emails, so I checked to make sure ev­ery­thing was OK.”

More than OK. The book had hit best­seller sta­tus for pre-sales alone. Not all the book store out­lets have checked in with phys­i­cal sales fig­ures.

“It’s amaz­ing that it hap­pened so quickly,” Varda­los says.

Maybe not that amaz­ing. The Win­nipeg-born Varda­los pretty much proved she has a way with con­nect­ing to a huge and ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence fol­low­ing the un­prece­dented success of the 2002 movie she wrote and starred in, My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding, a mod­est US$5-mil­lion com­edy that grossed in the neigh­bour­hood of a quar­ter of a bil­lion dol­lars.

But where Greek Wed­ding was a highly fic­tion­al­ized ac­count of her be­trothal to fel­low ac­tor and hubby Ian Gomez, In­stant Mom is a re­veal­ing ac­count of Varda­los’s in­spir­ing re­la­tion­ship with her adopted daugh­ter, Ilaria.

Varda­los and her hus­band, Ian Gomez.

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