The Basoon King : My Life in Art, Faith and Idiocy (Dutton Books)

Skylight Books and Largo are proud to present a launch event for Rainn Wilson's new memoir The Bassoon King. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book.  Skylight staffers will be on-site selling additional copies of The Bassoon KingNOTE: This event will be held at Largo at the Coronet and tickets are required for entry. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

  • NOTE: Rainn Wilson will sign ONLY copies of The Bassoon King and Soul Pancake--and no memorabilia, posters, DVDs, fan art, etc. Rainn Wilson will also take photographs while signing, but no posed photographs.  Thank you for your cooperation! 

Long celebrated for his quirky, comedic talent—particularly as everyone’s favorite work nemesis and beet farmer Dwight Schrute on the blockbuster show The Office—Rainn is also known for being the  founder of the popular website and media company Soulpancake.com,  which went on to become a bestselling book of the same name, and  among many other accomplishments, discovered and nurtured the internet phenomenon “Kid President.” 

Now for the first time, in a memoir at once fascinating, hilarious, and profound, Rainn explains how he came up with his incredibly unique sense of humor and life perspective with The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy. From the very beginning, Rainn (the real first name given to him by his hippie parents) had well-established nerd cred—and not the commercially acceptable kind celebrated by today’s entertainment industry. In school, he was a member of the chess team, Model United Nations, computer club, pottery club, and played bassoon in the orchestra—after his band teacher pulled a fast one and convinced Rainn it was cooler than playing the saxophone. Outside of school he played Dungeons and Dragons and attended NorWesCon, a yearly sci-fi convention in western Washington. 

The Bassoon King chronicles Rainn’s journey from nerd to drama geek, his years of mild debauchery and struggles as a young actor in the drug-fueled 1980’s New York City, and how he landed the defining role of his career on The Office. As soon as he was cast, Rainn knew he was about to receive “the worst haircut of my entire life”—and he knew the show had the potential to be huge. The Bassoon King details his many adventures and insights behind the scenes of the show’s epic nine-season run. Rainn also opens up about becoming a husband and father (“of all the adventures Holiday and I have had, the most horrific and transcendent was the birth of our son Walter in 2004”), and finally, his achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, reconnecting with the artistic and creative values of the Baha’i faith he grew up in. A moving, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny read, The Bassoon King is a unique memoir that will delight old and new fans alike.

Rainn Wilson is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office. Wilson is equally well known by his 4.1 million plus Twitter followers and the philosophy website he founded, SoulPancake, which launched a New York Times bestselling book of the same name in 2010.

Photo by Matt Hoyle

Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his nine studio albums with the 97’s (most recently The Grand Theatre Volume One and The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 in 2011), he has released six solo albums; 1989’s Mythologies, 2002’s The Instigator, 2006’s The Believer, 2009’s Rhett Miller, 2012’s The Dreamer and his latest The Traveler

In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Rhett has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series 30 Rock and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, The Break Up. Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Rhett is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals as Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic

Born in Texas, Rhett currently resides in New York’s Hudson River Valley with his wife and two children.

Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Largo at the Coronet
366 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780525954538
Published: Dutton Books - November 10th, 2015

SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781401310332
Published: Hachette Books - October 26th, 2010