Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor may not have ended up together on The Office — but next year, you’ll get the chance to reunite them on your bookshelf.
Former Office writer, co-executive producer, and star B.J. Novak has signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Knopf. But unlike his ex Office-mate Mindy Kaling — who released her own bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2011 — Novak has eschewed essays for fiction. His agent, Richard Abate, describes the book as a collection of stories — “The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Abate told the New York Times. “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.”
Abate knows what he’s talking about; he previously represented Tina Fey (Bossypants), Tracy Morgan (I Am the New Black), and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander (How to Beat Up Anybody). Novak’s first book, which he wrote over the past year, is expected to be published in 2014.