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  • Bob Odenkirk reads from his new book ‘A Load of Hooey’ on ‘Conan’

    To promote his new book A Load of Hooey, Bob Odenkirk has been embarking on a book tour starting last week. Last night, he made a stop at the Conan set to read an exert for the audience in the style of a politician’s press conference. Odenkirk still has six more dates left on his book tour, including a stop tonight at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. You can check out the rest of the tour schedule below. Read More

    Megan Amram announces “Science… For Her” book tour

    In case you haven’t hears, writer, Parks and Recreations scribe, Twitter genius Megan Amram wrote a book. The satirical Science… For Her!, blends science and Cosmo magazine together for a textbook the ladies can finally get behind. Subjects include: this Spring’s ten most glamorous ways to die; tips for hosting your own big bang; what religion is right for your body type; and the most pressing issue facing women today: kale!

    After releasing a music video to promote the book last week, Amram announced on her Tumblr she was going on a book tour. Amram will visit six cities between November 5th and 15th, including Portland, Brooklyn, and even Toronoto (you lucky Canucks). Joining Amram at select stops will be John Hodgeman, Megan Mullaly, and Amram’s mom Dr. Carol Lee (amongst others). Science… For Her! hits digital and real shelves on Tuesday, November 4th. You can pre-order  your copy now on Amazon. Read More

    Megan Amram, Nick Offerman, Steve Agee and Rich Fulcher get physical for science

    Ladies, you know science just isn’t our thing. It’s not our fault though, and don’t worry, we have Megan Amram to help us. Parks and Rec writer and Twitter genius, Megan Amram’s new book, Science for Her, hits stores on November 4th. It’s like if science journals we’re written by the makers of Cosmopolitan magazine. To help get the word out, Amram enlisted Nick Offerman, Steve Agee, and Rich Fulcher to star in her new music video “Let’s Get Physics, Y’all.” Check it out.

    Hannibal Buress has a book deal, discusses it on “Conan”

    Hannibal Buress got a book deal. Congrats! the comedian went on Conan last night to talk about the deal, mainly about how unexcited he is about the deal because it involves what he describes as, “a lot of homework” and his editors aren’t really that terrifying to him. So needless to say he hasn’t done much work on it yet. Read More

    Patton Oswalt releases a book about his love of classic films

    Comedian Patton Oswalt has released a new book, a memoir of sorts as well as an ode to classic cinema. In “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film,” Oswalt recounts the time he spent watching film after film at the New Beverly Cinema.

    Between 1995 and 1999, Oswalt had a heavy addiction to movies, often going to the cinema up to three nights a week, playing a major influence on his life.

    “Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.”

    Oswalt’s “Silver Screen Fiend” is set to be released on January 6, 2015. The book is available for pre-order now, here.

    Billy Eichner from “Billy on the Street” is writing a book

    Billy on the Street’s fiery host, Billy Eichner, is reportedly writing a book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eichner has inked a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write a book about Hollywood and pop culture.

    “I’m very excited to start writing, and I can assure my fans they will love the book more than Shailene Woodley loves Tom’s of Maine. This book is for anyone obsessed with show business, pop culture, social media and lots of other fun topics that fill our days as we hurtle helplessly toward accidents, illness, infidelity and death,” Eichner said.

    Eichner is one of comedy’s fastest rising stars. His show Billy on the Street has garnered Emmy noms, he played the recurring role of Craig on the last season of Parks and Recreation, and currently teamed up with Amy Poehler and his BOTS head writer Julie Klausner to create and co-star in the pilot Difficult People for the USA network. Now add “author” to that list to complete one hell of a resume.

    Lena Dunham is going on an 11 city book tour for “Not That Kind of Girl”

    Two years ago, Lena Dunham sold a book proposal for over $3 million. Her book, Not That Kind of Girl, is finally set to be released on October 7th. To promote her new book, Dunham is setting off on an 11 city book tour, and is bringing some of her funny friends. Comedians Amy Schumer, Morgan Murphy, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein will be joining Dunham for a show.

    In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham talks about all her missteps in life, and what she learned along the way. The book features stories about, “wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises [Dunham] had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of 50 year old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep [Dunham] up at night.”

    The tour starts September 30th and goes through October 21st. Tickets are on sale now. Full schedule below: Read More

    Go behind-the-scenes at Megan Amram’s cover shoot for her book “Science… For Her!”

    Megan Amram is much more than a Twitter comedic genius. She’s a writer on Parks and Recreation, and now an author. Go behind-the-scenes at Amram’s cover shoot for her new science book, Science… For Her! Oh ladies, Amram is our new hero. Have you ever stared at a science journal wishing it spoke to you in terms your lady brain can understand? How often do you wish upon a star, asking the universe, “Please let Cosmo Magazine write a science book!” Forget, Cosmo. Amram’s got your back. Judging by the cover alone, this should be an amazing, and hilarious read.

    You can pre-order Science… For Her! on Science…For Her!, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound now. Book to be released on November 4th.

    Todd Glass talks about his book “The Todd Glass Situation”

    Comedian Todd Glass has been doing stand-up for 30 years, but he’s been an out man for less than two. In his new memoir The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy, the comedian writes about “his decision at age forty-eight to finally live openly as a gay man—and the reactions and support from his comedy pals, from Louis C.K. to Sarah Silverman.” I talked to Todd about his cathartic experience writing the book, and doing the right thing by speaking up for others. Read More

    Judd Apatow to release a book of comedy interviews

    Judd ApatowLooks like producer, writer, director Judd Apatow is adding a new title to his resume; author. Apatow has been signed by publishing giant Random House to produce Sick In The Head, a collection of interviews he’s conducted over the past thirty years with many of his comedy heroes. Interviewees include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Roseanne Barr, Steve Allen, Jay Leno and Spike Jonze. The earliest dates back to 1983 when Apatow ran a radio show at his high school.

    Known for blockbuster films and television series like 40 Year Old Virgin, Freaks and Geeks, and Girls, it’s obvious Apatow knows comedy. We’re looking forward to reading what questions he has for those he respects in the biz.

    All proceeds from the book will benefit 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Sick in the Head is due in stores sometime in 2015.