B.J. Novak sees his children’s book as a “gateway drug to literature.” The book, quite literally, is what it says it’s going to be: The Book With No Pictures, and, no, it does not cheat on that promise. And while there are no pictures in Novak’s book, there is colorful text, text that the adult (or bigger kid) reading the book has to say—no matter how silly they’ll sound reading it. And they’ll probably sound really silly. (Sample: “I am a monkey who taught myself to read.”) READ FULL STORY
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Clear some space on your bookshelf — Mindy Kaling’s second book of personal essays now has a title: Why Not Me?
In a chat with the Los Angeles Times (which you can watch in full; the book talk starts at 33:00), Kaling revealed more details about the follow-up to her 2011 book of essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). Why Not Me? will explore her world post-discovering everyone might be hanging out without her.
“So much has happened between the time I published my first book and now: The show; my mother passed away; so many of my friends have gotten married. I’m a godmother now, and a homeowner,” she explained. She said the book will give her the chance “in the most articulate way” to explain all of the headline-generating incidents of the past few years, including her magazine covers, the ethnicity of her television boyfriends on The Mindy Project, and — hopefully — a return of “Things I’ve Bought That I Love.” READ FULL STORY
As if we weren’t excited enough to read B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, a trailer for the book was released by Knopf today. The black and white clip stars Novak himself and Mindy Kaling, fellow actor/writer/comedian/star. The two converse in French, which means their mouths move around while French words spoken by other people are dubbed in. At one point, Kaling breaks character to speak English and gives Novak a chance to explain the concept of the trailer. Unsurprisingly, it’s quite amusing. The book comes out February 4, but in the meantime watch the clip below:
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Woody Allen. George Saunders. B.J. Novak?
That’s the vibe the ex-Office multihyphenate is going for in his first short story collection, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories — the cover of which you’ll see for the first time above. “It’s a really great form — fiction with a sense of humor,” Novak tells EW. “It’s what I love to read, and it’s what I wanted to write.”
The book contains 60 stories, some short… and some shorter. “I didn’t want to write in the traditional mold where you’d be constrained by anything,” Novak explains, noting that a few of his pieces are mere lines long –à la his pal Simon Rich, another writer Novak admires. “They’re all based around some idea played out to its limit, and no further,” he continues. “I think a lot of fiction tries to stretch — I was happy to go in new directions, but not if the story didn’t call for it.”
Novak has been testing some of those new directions in a series of live literary readings, an integral facet of his editing process. As he puts it, “A live audience really keeps you humble, and makes you desperate to entertain and keep their attention. I really wanted to be honest with myself; I didn’t want to be pretentious. I wanted to make sure these stories were captivating people.”
He’ll be testing those waters once again at New York Comic Con Friday. There, Novak will read some of his new material and sit for a conversation with Time Magazine’s Lev Grossman before signing a sampler of stories produced exclusively for the event. (The panel is at 1:30 p.m.; the signing begins at 3 p.m.) The sampler will include tales like “The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth,” a piece about a wealthy but unfulfilled man that neatly summarizes the collection’s main motif: “Many or most of the stories are about someone who is doing fine, but becomes obsessed with the one thing that will make them complete,” Novak says. “And that was sort of an inadvertent theme I stumbled on as I wrote the book.”
One More Thing hits shelves Feb. 4.
Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor may not have ended up together on The Office — but next year, you’ll get the chance to reunite them on your bookshelf.
Former Office writer, co-executive producer, and star B.J. Novak has signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Knopf. But unlike his ex Office-mate Mindy Kaling — who released her own bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2011 — Novak has eschewed essays for fiction. His agent, Richard Abate, describes the book as a collection of stories — “The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Abate told the New York Times. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”
Abate knows what he’s talking about; he previously represented Tina Fey (Bossypants), Tracy Morgan (I Am the New Black), and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander (How to Beat Up Anybody). Novak’s first book, which he wrote over the past year, is expected to be published in 2014.
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