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Mike McCardell’s New Book Warms the Heart


October 19, 2007

Join news broadcaster and author Mike McCardell at events for his new book, The Blue Flames that Keep Us Warm. Mike will be appearing at the following locations:

Friday, October 26: READING & SIGNING. Terraces on 7th, 1570 W. 7th Avenue in Vancouver, at 2:30pm. Please phone Terraces at 604-738-8380 to pre-register. Co-sponsored by Book Warehouse.
Saturday, November 3: BOOK SIGNING. Black Bond Books, Lynn Valley Centre in North Vancouver, at 1pm. Phone 604-981-9611 for more information.
Saturday, November 17: READING & SIGNING. Bolen Books, Hillside Shopping Centre in Victoria, at 7pm. Phone 250-595-4232 for more information.
Saturday, November 24: BOOK SIGNING. Black Bond Books, South Surrey Warehouse, #1-15562-24th Avenue in Surrey, at 1pm. Phone 604-536-4444 for more information.
Saturday, December 1: BOOK SIGNING. Coles, Seven Oaks Mall, 32900 S. Fraser Way, in Abbotsford, at 1pm. Phone 604-854-3233 for more infomation.
Saturday, December 8: BOOK SIGNING. Chapters Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway in Burnaby, from at 12-2pm. Phone 604-431-0463 for more information.
Saturday, December 15: BOOK SIGNING.  Coles, Cottonwood Corner Mall, #45-45585 Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack, from 1:00-3:30pm. Phone 604-858-9595 for more information.

One of Western Canada’s most beloved media personalities, Mike McCardell has spent the last 32 years on Global BC’s News Hour showing that the truly important events that make our world go round are not the wars and murders that grab the headlines, but the little things that happen on back streets to people we never hear about. The Blue Flames that Keep Us Warm is his latest attempt to gather his favourite stories in one place.

Here is the story behind all those official signs in North Vancouver that say “Deer Crossing” but show a rhino, or say “Grrr. Bark. Wooof! Pick up after your dog,” all the handiwork of Cameron Stewart, the world’s most original municipal sign guy. Here is “Captain” Bruce Hutchinson, who turned his apartment into a live-in model of a navy submarine, complete with rigging, radar and cannon. Here is Malik, the Muslim parking lot attendant who decorates his ticket booth with a plastic manger scene because “I want to be part of this country and Christmas is my favourite part.”

Now these same stories that warm readers’ hearts will also help children who have special needs. Partial proceeds from each sale of The Blue Flames that Keep Us Warm will be donated to Variety—The Children’s Charity. Global BC and Harbour Publishing have joined forces to support the fundraising drive. McCardell’s previous two books raised over $25,000 for Variety in 2001 and 2002.

Variety—The Children’s Charity raises funds and disburses grants to individuals and families throughout the province. With over 1,000 requests every year, Variety helps pay for medical emergencies, therapies, specialized equipment and drug prescriptions.