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Nia Vardalos Signs Book Deal for Child Adoption Memoir (Exclusive)

Nia Vardalos Headshot Grauman's - P 2011
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The Oscar nominee behind "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" will write about a decade-long struggle that ended with her adopting a three-year old girl. Harper Collins division HarperOne will publish.

Nia Vardalos has signed a book deal with Harper Collins division HarperOne to chronicle her journey to motherhood.

As much a personal journey as a how-to book, Vardalos, who was nominated for an Oscar for penning her 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, will write about how, after a decade of trying to be a parent, she adopted a three-year old girl.

Vardalos’ trademark relationship and familial humor will be on display, along with emotion as she opens up about her personal struggles. She juggled fertility treatments while dealing with her film career. She ultimately found success with the foster care system.

One of the goals of the book, untitled at this stage, is to showcase the many ways to adopt. The book will be published in April 2013 in time for National Adoption month in May.  

“Even though I make fun of my family for profit, I am a private person; this is new territory for me,” Vardalos tells THR, adding she knew she should tackle her story when it made her scared. “I know when I’m afraid of doing something, I should probably do it.”

She says when she opened her mind to adoption, she found a network so complicated that it “needed a well-trained Sherpa to navigate." She quickly decided to write a guide for others.

“We are thrilled to publish Nia Vardalos,” said HarperOne publisher Mark Tauber in a statement, “and even more excited to offer this important new resource on successful adoption. We believe that Nia’s story and the information in this book will help many, many people.” 



Including Greek Wedding, Paradigm-repped Vardalos has written or co-written four movies. She is currently writing and exec producing a workplace comedy that will she will also star in for ABC Studios.

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