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B.J. Novak Credits Rainn Wilson for His Leap into Acting on 'The Office'

"Rainn Wilson once gave this interview where he said, 'The universe will tell you what it wants from you.' That really haunted me. I really wanted to act at that time, but I was clearly better as a writer. I thought, What part of me is chasing the fun and thrill of this job and how much of me should actually be doing this? I felt kind of ashamed and inquisitive. It really challenged me, even if for all I know [Wilson] got it from Chicken Soup for the Soul."

- B.J. Novak tells Vulture about his days as a frustrated actor on The Office while promoting the audiobook [...]

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak Star in the Trailer for B.J. Novak's New Book

Here's the trailer for B.J. Novak's first book, a collection of short stories called One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories and is due out February 4th. The trailer stars Novak, his The Office costar Mindy Kaling, and also people who weren't on The Office.

'The Office's B.J. Novak Signs a Two-Book Deal

Following in his Office cohort Mindy Kaling's footsteps, B.J. Novak is about to become an author. The publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced yesterday that Novak has signed a two-book deal with them. The first book will be a collection of short stories that Novak's agent compared to Woody Allen's early books when talking to The New York Times. Novak's fictional stories are adapted from his live show at Los Angeles's UCB Theatre, B.J. Novak: Uncollected Stories. After departing the office alongside Kaling last May, Novak is serving as as a writer and consulting producer on The Mindy Project this season. There's no word on what the second [...]

The 'Community' Season Finale Is a Two-Parter, and B.J. Novak Is Guest Starring in Part 1

Community's season five finale is starting to look pretty interesting. EW reports that the show is doing a two-part season finale, and that The Office's B.J. Novak, who has his first book out this week, will be guest starring in the first part as "a TV star in a sexy new series." As with any Community season finale, the show's chances for survival are up in the air and the two-parter/meta elements make it feel like Dan Harmon is gonna make something real weird and cool in case this is the end. Of course, like last year, all of NBC's new shows bombed so Parks and Rec, [...]

B.J. Novak's First Children's Book 'The Book Without Pictures' Will Be Available in September

Last year, Office writer/star and Mindy Kaling's BFF B.J. Novak signed a two-book deal with Knopf and announced a forthcoming collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories due out next month. Today on Twitter, Novak announced the release of the second book from the deal, a children's book called The Book Without Pictures. "I wanted to write a book that would introduce the youngest of kids to the idea that words can be their allies — that the right words can be as fun, exciting, and ridiculous as any pictures," Novak says in the book announcement in Publisher's Weekly. "Also, I [...]

B.J. Novak to Now Just Temp for 'The Office'

B.J. Novak is lessening his involvement with The Office both in playing the part of Ryan and off-screen as one of the main writers. Novak might still stop by occasionally and even chip in some writing help, but ultimately he's gone. This comes after the announcement that he'll be a consulting producer on The Mindy Project. Though, that won’t be a full-time gig either. It's crazy to think that after Rainn Wilson leaves to star in Joey with Beets, almost the entire team from the first season, both on camera and behind the scenes, won't be working on the show anymore. However, the show's original adapter, Greg [...]

B.J. Novak Talks About His Museum Prank Days on 'Late Show'

Leave it to a Massachusetts boy like B.J. Novak to prank ancient Chinese art exhibits for fun as a 17-year-old. Aren't most kids that age busy playing video games or racing their parents' cars in the mall parking lot? At least little Novak took things into his own hands by reinventing the boring audio tour for the better. Hopefully ancient China had a good sense of humor.

Read an Excerpt from B.J. Novak's Upcoming Book

The Office writer/actor B.J. Novak's first book, a collection of short stories called One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories, is coming out in February, and The New Yorker has an excerpt from the book that you can check out now if you're into that whole reading thing.

Just in Case We Weren't Excited Enough, 'The Mindy Project' Hired These Writers

Matt Warburton, who spent last year working on Community after 10 years on The Simpsons, has been named as an executive producer of The Mindy Project. Just like Robert Carlock has been doing for Tina Fey on 30 Rock, Warburton is expected to help supplement some of Kaling's showrunning duties. Joining Warburton is Community writing staff all-star Chris McKenna, writer of episodes like "Remedial Chaos Theory" and "Paradigms of Human Memory". As well, Linwood Boomer, the freaking creator of Malcolm in the Middle, will be onboard as a consulting producer and frequent Modern Family director Michael Spiller will executive produce and act as the series' main director. Lastly, [...]