Vancouver news icon and co-host of CTV's "The Last Word,” Mike McCardell is the crafter of human-interest stories that counteract the doom and gloom of conventional news programming. With his unerring instinct for teasing out the powerful "hook” of human connection from the most innocuous (or bizarre) events, McCardell's unique perspective has endeared him to hundreds of thousands of fans. He has also collected many of his favourite stories within several essay collections that have sold a combined total of seventy-five thousand copies, making him as well known for his written tales as for his TV appearances. Recently, McCardell also explored new genres with such titles as Haunting Vancouver and Cardboard Ocean, delving into both the history of Vancouver and his personal history. With None of This Was Planned, McCardell returns to his classic format of the quirky and uplifting short essays that established him as a local legend. Fans of his previous works will delight in a new selection of stories featuring McCardell's familiar voice and offering both moments of surprise and the reassurance that joy and humour can be sparked from the simplest acts.