This quote may be found in a Vanity Fair interview with doe-eyed, tight-lipped B.J. Novak who began acquiring name recognition playing the insufferable Ryan Howard on The Office (2005-2012). He’s gone on to play parts in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, portray American songwriter Robert Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks, and will be seen as the villain in this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
He says that for eight years he carried a small notebook around with him, writing down any thoughts and ideas. Ten years later, the ideas that made him smile were turned into stories, which can now be found in his first book of fiction One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.
On Valentine’s Day, Vroman’s hosts an author’s event with Novak at the New Beverly Cinema.
Vroman’s describes Novak’s book as “finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring of the one elusive element that might just make a person complete.”
Fun facts: Novak is a Harvard graduate, has only recently liked when people come up and say they enjoy his work (he used to think he didn’t deserve it), and when he was twelve years old he met and hung out with Michael Jackson at Deepak Chopra’s house. He told Andrea Cuttler that after that evening’s experience he was done—he’d peaked at twelve.
Vroman’s Presents: B.J. Novak & One More Thing
Friday, Feb. 14th, 7 p.m.
New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 90036
Cost: $29.95 + tax (includes one book copy and 2 tickets); purchase online here
Tickets available at Vroman’s main store Will Call or at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch
For more info, visit VromansBookstore.com or call 626.449.5320