Slideshow: Rainn Wilson Releases New Book ‘The Bassoon King’

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Rainn Wilson, author of ‘The Bassoon King,’ November 13th, 2015.

CHICAGO – He may be Dwight Schrute of “The Office” forever in reruns, but he is also – according to his new memoir – “The Bassoon King.” Rainn Dietrich Wilson created the offbeat Schrute, and has had a diverse and high profile career. He was at the Yellow Box Theater in Naperville, Ill., recently, being interview by Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick, in an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Wilson’s family moved to the Chicago area during his high school years, and he attended New Trier High in Winnetka, Ill. He began his career after college in New York City, and made his on-screen acting debut in the soap opera “One Life to Live” in 1997, followed closely by his film debut in “Galaxy Quest” in 1999. He worked steadily in TV and film before landing the role of Arthur in HBO’s “Six Feet Under” in 2003, followed in 2005 by his most famous persona, Dwight Schrute in “The Office.” During the show’s run he also did films such as “Juno,” “The Rocker,’ “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Super.” His memoir title refers to his high school-era talent for playing the bassoon.

Photographer Joe Arce of was at the Rainn Wilson book promotion event, and took these Exclusive Portraits. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. RAINN1: Rainn Wilson, author of ‘The Bassoon King,’ November 13th, 2015.
  2. RAINN2: Rainn Wilson appeared on behalf of Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill.
  3. RAINN3: Rainn Wilson rocks on.
  4. RAINN4: Rainn Wilson poses with his new memoir, ‘The Bassoon King.’

“The Bassoon King,” by Rainn Wilson, is available at Anderson’s Bookshop, or wherever books are sold. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Writer, Editorial Coordinator

© 2015 Patrick McDonald,

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