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For decades, filmmaker, author, social activist and full-time rabble-rouser Michael Moore has aimed his lens at everything from crooked corporations to the broken U.S. health care system to America's love affair with guns.

But this weekend, you can catch Mr. Moore turning the focus on himself as he discusses his new book, Here Comes Trouble – a collection of 24 vignettes based on events from his youth, long before he'd taken up politics or even loaded a single roll of film into a camera.

One story involves a chance encounter with Bobby Kennedy when he was 11; another relives a tense moment outside a Virginia washroom marked "Colored." One recounts Mr. Moore's planned escape to Canada during the Vietnam War, while another remembers the night that some members of his church cheered when Martin Luther King was shot.

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Considering the book was just released this week, and Vancouver is the famed documentarian's only scheduled Canadian stop, demand for tickets will be high – but the appearance should be well worthwhile.

"This is my first major book in nearly eight years," writes Mr. Moore on his website, "and it is, I believe – if you'll allow me to say this without jinxing it – the best damn thing I've ever written."

Michael Moore is at the Stanley Sunday at 7:30 p.m. For more info, visit writersfest.bc.ca.

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