B.J. Novak’s literary debut is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original collection that signals the arrival of a welcome new voice in American fiction.
In One More Thing, a boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes – only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins – turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. Author John Grisham contemplates a monumental typo. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who debate how to stage an intervention in the era of Facebook. We learn why wearing a red t-shirt every day is the key to finding love; how February got its name; and why the stock market is sometimes just…down.
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy-Award winning comedy series “The Office” as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also recognized for his standup comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, and Sony’s upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
This lecture will be held at the Atlanta History Center. Tickets are $30 members; $40 nonmembers. Each ticket includes lecture admission and a copy of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Reservations are required for all lectures. Please call 404.814.4150 or reserve your tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-1366
The actor, writer, director, and executive producer of The Office will visit with his endlessly entertaining debut story collection, which Time magazine has named as one book you won’t want to miss 2014. In addition to his TV and Harvard Lampoon fame, Novak is recognized for his standup comedy performances and movie roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds Disney’s new historical dramedy Saving Mr. Banks, and Sony’s upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. NOTE: Be ready to laugh hard – Booklist has compared his work to Woody Allen’s and Steve Martin’s.
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