Michael Moore donates 2,000 books for library fundraiser

Michael Moore says his book is a collection of stories about his life before becoming a filmmaker. / Jonathon McEmber

Davison native Michael Moore was in Flint Monday to promote his new book "Here Comes Trouble." Moore will be signing books at the Whiting Tuesday starting at 7:00 p.m.

Moore donated 2,000 books to be sold at the signing with all proceeds to benefit the Flint Public Library. The book will be on sale that night for $12.

Flint Public Library Director Kay Schwartz said she was ecstatic when she found out about Moore's donation.

"I was truly amazed. It's clear that he still has roots in the community and still cares about the community."

Schwarts says the donation comes at a critical time. She says with falling property values the library is down a million dollars from where they were in 2009.

Moore is also donating 50 percent of his royalties to local libraries on each stop of his tour.

Moore sat down with NBC25 and talked about his book and why he is helping out libraries.

"As a kid there really wasn't a more exciting place than the library. To walk into the library and just have everything in the world on thes shelves.

Moore said he was a regular at the Davison and Flint Public Libraries growing up.

"My mother taught me to read and write before kindergarten and that happened because she took us to the library all the time."

The outspoken activist described his book as a collection of short stories of his life growing up in the Flint area before he became a filmmaker. He said he led a Forest Gump like existence.

"I'd have these events happen to me like run-ins with Ronald Reagan in a cemetary or I'd have John Lennon calling me here in Flint."

Moore also spoke about his thoughts on the "Occupy Wallstreet Movement" sweeping across the nation.

"II don't know of any other social movement that has more than 50% of the American people behind it's first 10 weeks. The demands and the political process and the candidates to run, all that will come in due course and it won't be long. Right now it needs to thrive.

Moore says his passion for political activism began in those early days spent learning the world through the books on the shelves of the library.