If you read the name and thought, “Huh? BJ who?”, well look no further. It’s that guy, up there, from The Office. Awwww, yeah – who doesn’t love Ryan the Intern? (I didn’t, really.) In any case, he must have a whole lot to say as he’s just inked a two book deal worth a cool seven figures. WHAT? It must be vampire porn, because publishers don’t hand that type of money out anymore otherwise, right? How is this even a thing?
From The New York Times:
The comedian, actor and writer B.J. Novak has sold two books to Knopf in a seven-figure deal. The first book, a work of fiction, is expected to be published in 2014, Nicholas Latimer, a spokesman for Knopf, said Thursday.
Richard Abate, Mr. Novak’s literary agent, said Mr. Novak, a writer for “The Office” and one of the show’s stars, wrote the book in the last year.
“The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” said Mr. Abate, who described the book as a collection of stories. “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.”
Oooookay, listen. One Woody Allen is more than enough, fine sir. We don’t need another one – though I doubt his work is anything like Woody Allen’s (unless it’s purposely trying to be, which would just be bad anyway). I used to get excited for all these comedy writers to release books and then I’ve found them all to be a massive disappointment. Tina Fey‘s was boring and underwhelming (sorry, but it’s true), Mindy Kaling‘s I couldn’t even get through. Looks like this will be another I pass on.