‘Parks and Recreation’ book on Pawnee coming in October


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Leslie Knope, the cheerful municipal flak of the NBC comedy ‘Parks and Recreation,’ will publish a book about her beloved town of Pawnee, Ind. ‘Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America’ is due in October from NBCUniversal and Hyperion Books.

Pawnee the town, of course, doesn’t exist, nor does Leslie Knope, who is played by Amy Poehler.


In the book, she’s being channeled by authors Michael Shur, co-creator and executive producer of ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and Nate DiMeo, a former public radio producer and creator of the podcast ‘The Memory Palace.’ Shur told the Hollywood Reporter, ‘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.’

To showcase their talents, Shur and DiMeo authored a long and funny piece about cricket in Wednesday’s Grantland, the recently launched online magazine of great writing created for ESPN. (I’m still trying to get a handle on Grantland, which as far as I can tell showcases great writing and seems to be bringing back the spirit of mid-20th-century Esquire for today’s sports-happy dudes).

But that’s them. In ‘Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America,’ they’re going to be Leslie Knope.

-- Carolyn Kellogg