Mindy Kaling will take the stage in the Special Events Hall to kick off the second annual BookCon today at 11 a.m. B.J. Novak will interview her. Mindy Kaling, author of the bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is back to talk about her latest book, Why Not Me?, a col- lection of hilarious and deeply personal essays.
It’s an appropriate title in light of the recent untimely demise
of her popular TV show, The Mindy Project. (As of this writing,
rumor has it that, goddess willing, it might be resuscitated on
Hulu.) But nobody puts this comedian/actress/writer/producer/
director in the corner. The writer formerly known as Vera
Mindy Chokalingam will be interviewed by her former costar
and on-screen love from The Office, B.J. Novak. And, yes, she
spills the beans in her book about their relationship, which has
many in—and out—of the know collectively scratching
their heads. (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J.
Novak is weird as hell.”) If that doesn’t grab you, you can
just skip to the parts about Bradley Cooper.
B.J. Novak is another slacker (cough, cough): actor,
writer, director, and executive producer on The Office, he is
also a New York Times bestselling author of two books: One
More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and The Book With No
Pictures. He has appeared in such films as Inglourious Basterds
and Saving Mr. Banks and was a consulting producer for
season one of The Mindy Project. (How many of you know
that his father is William Novak, ghostwriter for Lee
Iacocca and Nancy Reagan, or that he went to high school
with his Office confrere, John Krasinski?) His on-again/
off-again relationship with Kaling has often mirrored the
strange relationship of the characters they played on The
Office. Perhaps they will finally work it all out, right before
BookCon’s attendees’ eyes. ■
MEET AN AUTHOR INSTEAD!
Saturday at the Workman booth, #2975
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PANEL & SIGNING
Panel: The Creative Journey
Downtown Stage at 4:00 p.m.
Followed by a Signing in the Booth
;e dog behind
signs with his paw!
Elle Luna, author of
;e Crossroads of
Should and Must
Jessica Hagy, author of
;e Art of War and How
to Be Interesting
Austin Kleon, author of
Steal Like an Artist, Show
Your Work! and ;e Steal
Like an Artist Journal