On Tour: Nick Offerman

At the end of the book, you’ll have something tangible you can be proud of.


Nick Offerman is more than a moustache. After creating the memorable character of Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec, his own character started coming out. His first two semi-autobiographical books, Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe, walked us through his Illinois upbringing and his college years as an actor and carpenter. He evidenced a level of character that isn’t often seen these days, or is seen so rarely that it’s become notable. One of the reasons Ron Swanson became such a beloved character is that he taught us how to be good, kind, and stubborn, to have integrity, and how to be a good friend. It seems these traits, at least, were based on Mr. Offerman. He was also pretty handy with a chisel, and the show introduced his woodworking skills through the character.

In his newest book, Good Clean Fun, Offerman has created a woodworking manual, which is part woodworking guide and part anecdote. I would imagine that, based on his other works, this will read similarly to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. You’ll learn a little something about life, and at the end of the book, you’ll have something tangible you can be proud of. | Melissa Cynova

Nick Offerman is speaking on 10.20 at 7 p.m. at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 Headquarters on 2319 Chouteau Ave. in St. Louis. Tickets available at http://www.left-bank.com/offerman. Additional tour dates are below.

10.18 | Artists & Fleas, Brooklyn
10.19 | Ferst Center, Atlanta
10.20 | Sheet Metal Local 36 Union Hall, St. Louis
10.21 | The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
10.22 | The Music Box Theater, Chicago
10.23 | Minooka High School Auditorium, Minooka IL
10.25 | Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix
10.26 | The Castro Theatre, San Francisco
10.27 | Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Portland
10.28 |Seattle Arts & Lectures at Benaroya Hall, Seattle
10.30 | The Clifton Center, Louisville
11.03 | Allied Woodshop, Los Angeles
11.05 | First Baptist Church, Austin
11.13 | Angel City Lumber, Los Angeles
11.19 | Allied Woodshop, Los Angeles

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