On NBC's "The Office," Rainn Wilson comes off as the ultimate corporate schemer — a man seldom inclined to question his own judgment, let alone the spiritual side of life.
But Wilson is quick to point out that Dwight Schrute, the former assistant to the regional manager at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Co., is just a role. And it's not the role he'll be playing when he visits Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach on Thursday.
Earlier this year, Wilson oversaw the production of "SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions," a book of essays, famous quotes and illustrations that deal with God, death, love, creativity and other subjects. (Wilson's main contribution, text-wise, was writing the lengthy foreword; much of the book invites the reader to pencil in his or her own observations.) He also runs http://www.soulpancake.com, in which people from around the world can discuss and debate the same issues.