B.J. Novak Signs Lucrative Book Deal


B.J. Novak, the head writer and a former actor in the hit TV series “The Office,” has been signed to a two-book deal by Knopf Publishers, reportedly with a seven-figure advance. Novak, better known as Ryan the temp, will start with fiction.

His agent compares Novak to a “young Woody Allen.” Novak’s work has consistently been smart and intelligent, but forgive the skepticism in comparing him to one of the greater comedic minds of all time. Even if he’s no Woody, we’re excited to see what he can do. Novak’s book deal follows one to “Girls” writer-creator-star Lena Dunham, who received a $3 million advance for her upcoming memoir.

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