NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and Hyperion Books announced today that they will publish “Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America,” a book written from the perspective of show character Leslie Knope (portrayed by Emmy Award nominee Amy Poehler). Knope serves as Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation department for Pawnee, Indiana on the hit NBC series “Parks and Recreation” (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m. ET).
The 240-page book, which includes illustrations, photographs, and other characters’ commentaries, will hit bookstores on October 4, 2011. Pottinger Nichols, the literary licensing agency for NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group, brokered the deal.
Each chapter will explore a different aspect of the fictional town’s history and expand upon events hinted at in the series, such as: the time the whole town was on fire, its long list of ridiculous town slogans, and the ongoing raccoon infestation. Knope, a resident of Pawnee since her childhood, provides all of the research and comical insights into this Midwestern town that fans have grown to love.
“If you like small towns with big ideas, this book is for you!” said Poehler. “And here’s hoping that Indianapolis will play Pawnee when they turn this book into a movie!”
“The ever-expanding town of Pawnee has become its own character in our show, and we're thrilled that we got to accelerate that expansion in one giant, goofy 240-page comedy book,” said Mike Schur, co-creator and executive producer of the series. “It's a complete portrait of Everytown, USA, which every reader -- whether a fan of the show or a newbie -- can enjoy."
"This book is such a fun read, you'll be smiling page after page. It’s a snapshot of small town, America filled with laugh-out-loud historical remembrances and local tributes,” said Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. “Here's to Leslie Knope for capturing the spirit of Pawnee for readers everywhere.”
Of the deal, Hyperion Books editor Matt Inman said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be publishing ‘Pawnee,’ written by some of the most talented writers and actors working in television today. “Pawnee” is an absolutely hilarious look at one of America’s great small towns. Both ‘Parks and Recreation’ and Amy Poehler fans will love it.”
“Parks and Recreation” returns to NBC for its fourth season this fall on Thursdays (8:30-9 p.m. ET).