‘The Office’ star Brian Baumgartner will return to Scranton to sign new book ‘Welcome to Dunder Mifflin’ on Nov. 18
Brian Baumgartner, who played Dunder Mifflin accountant Kevin Malone on the hit NBC sitcom “The Office,” is returning to Scranton in more ways than one.
First, he is revisiting the fictional Electric City of the show in a new book called “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office,” which is set to be published by Custom House on Nov. 16. Then he will be back in the actual city of Scranton for signings and meet and greets with fans.
This Thursday, Nov. 18, Baumgartner will appear at the University of Scranton Bookstore (900 Mulberry St., Scranton) for a signing from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Next, he will head over to Cooper’s Seafood House (701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. to personalize more copies. He will end his night with an afterparty from 10 p.m.-midnight at the Backyard Ale House (523 Linden St., Scranton) where he will hang out and bartend, as he has done before.
“See you Thursday everybody!” Baumgartner said on Instagram. “I can’t freaking wait.”
Last year, he visited all three of these locations with a recording crew and spoke to locals about the television show’s impact on Scranton nearly seven years after the last episode aired on NBC. Clips of those conversations ended up in a Spotify original podcast called “An Oral History of The Office.”
This year, Baumgartner is taking a similar approach with “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin,” which E! News called a “definitive history of ‘The Office'” that “spills all of the tea on NBC’s iconic sitcom. … The perfect gift for your cousin who is currently on their fifth rewatch.”
“This book is full of the memories and stories of the cast and crew and how we all found our way to each other, from everyone’s point of view,” original showrunner Greg Daniels said in his foreword for the book. “It’s pretty great.”
The book’s description reads:
Join the entire Dunder Mifflin gang on a journey back to Scranton …
Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the cast and creators and illustrated with 100 behind-the-scenes photographs, here, at last, is the untold inside story of “The Office,” featuring a foreword by Greg Daniels, who adapted the series for the U.S. and was its guiding creative force, and narrated by star Brian Baumgartner (a.k.a. “Kevin Malone”) and executive producer Ben Silverman.
Reuniting after nearly a decade, the entire Dunder Mifflin gang gathers again to share their favorite inside stories, spill untold secrets, and reveal how a little show that barely survived its first season became the most watched series in the universe. “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin” pulls back the curtain as never before on all the absurdity, genius, love, passion, and dumb luck that went into creating America’s beloved “The Office.”
Featuring the memories of Steve Carell, John Krasinkski, Jenna Fischer, Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Brian Baumgartner, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Oscar Nunez, Amy Ryan, Ellie Kemper, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Ben Silverman, Mike Schur, and many more.
CNN.com wrote that it is “a must for fans of ‘The Office'” that will “put you right back in Scranton, Pennsylvania.” Well, we’re already here and won’t have to go far to see “Kevin” again, so expect big crowds and a party more wild than the Dundies this week.
See NEPA Scene’s photos from Brian Baumgartner’s last Scranton visit here.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.