Fictional, Nonfictional Worlds Blend At 'Parks And Recreation'
Here's the nonfiction part: The 240-page book, "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," is a work of fiction co-written by Michael Schur, the show's co-creator and executive producer. It's set to be published in October under a licensing deal between NBCUniversal and Hyperion Books.
Husna Haq, writing in the Monitor's "Chapters & Verse" blog, puts the Pawnee tome into a broader perspective of NBC's leadership in building fantasy worlds around hit shows. Other examples cited include the "Dunder Mifflin Inc. Scranton Newsletter" on the website of the "The Office" and such merchandise as a "Kabletown swag set" from "30 Rock," and Greendale Community College apparel from "Community."