As if the line-up for the Miami Book Fair International wasn't already exciting enough, another announcement on the roster was made last night.
Actor, writer and musician Jason Segel, mostly recognized from his long career in both television and film, will be attending the fair on Saturday, November 22, at 10 a.m. The novel he brings with him is his debut, Nightmares!, which he co-wrote with author Kirsten Miller and will read from at his appearance.
Nightmares! is the first novel in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town, as nightmares and dreamscapes blend with the world of reality. It sounds like the kind of fun, dark, cartoonish project that someone like Segel would take up, especially considering his hilariously written and performed Dracula musical back in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
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While Miller is already the New York Times bestselling author of the Kiki Strike books, the Eternal Ones series, and How to Lead a Life of Crime, this is Segel's first foray into books. A regular on both Freaks & Geeks and How I Met Your Mother, among many films, Segel also has a history with screenwriting. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement, and Sex Tape all fall under his writing or co-writing credits, but his experience with writing for children (and nostalgic adults) is probably his greatest effort to date.
By that, we mean the fact that Jason Segel co-wrote the delightful The Muppets film from a few years back. With that knowledge, Nightmares! is sure to be a memorable book, well-worth bringing him around for the book fair. Here's hoping he sings us a song while he's around.