Ken Kwapis: But What I Really Want to Do is Direct

Celebrated film and TV director Ken Kwapis's new memoir, But What I Really Want to Do is Direct, dives into what it takes to be successful in today's fast-changing and wildly chaotic entertainment world. For this online Crowdcast event, he will be in conversation with WGN radio star John Williams. You can register for this free event here. We are pleased to offer this conversation for our readers, and respectfully ask that you buy your copy of But What I Really Want to Do is Direct from The Book Stall. We'll have signed copies (bookplates courtesy of the author) while supplies last!

About the Book: Ken Kwapis has worked for more than thirty years in Hollywood. With time has come experience, and with experience he has charted a career full of hits, from The Office to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and become one of the most reliable and sought after directors in show business. He didn't start there. He struggled just like everyone else. Using his experience and inside knowledge of the business, But What I Really Want to Do is Direct is Ken Kwapis's take on William Goldman's classic Adventures in the Screen Trade, but from the Director's point of view. The book tackles common Hollywood myths and gives readers a rollercoaster ride through the entertainment business with ups and downs including battles over budgets, temperamental actors, and the passion that makes it all worthwhile. This humorous and poignant memoir is filled with positive instruction, hilarious outtakes, tutelage, and joy. It's also a celebration of movies and TV, and what it takes to succeed in show business on your own terms.

"Ken Kwapis always brought out the best in the actors on The Office. Whenever Ken was directing, I always felt safe to go out on a limb and take chances, knowing he had my back. Every aspiring director should read this book. (I can think of several 'professional' directors that should read it too!)"  -Jenna Fischer

"In the years that I was fortunate to work with Ken on Malcolm in the Middle, he had an uncanny ability to guide actors right to the heart of a scene and reveal its truths. He admits that he doesn't have all the answers, he'll make mistakes, and at times he'll struggle, but as he says in the book, 'It's the struggle to get it right that makes us human.'" -Bryan Cranston

About Ken Kwapis: He is an award-winning director who has moved easily between the worlds of feature filmmaking and television directing. He has directed more than ten feature films and helped launch seven television series, including NBC's The Office.

About John Williams: John is heard weekday morniings on WGN Radio. He has also hosted shows in Minneapolis and Peoria. His first radio job out of college was WSPY, Plano, Illinois.  John’s program is all encompassing. Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, and books with a thoughtful perspective and quirky sense of humor. Inquisitive and curious by nature, he asks what listeners want to know!  Follow him on Twitter @wgnkingjohn. 

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: Lessons from a Life Behind the Camera Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250260123
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2020

For over three decades, director Ken Kwapis has charted a career full of exceptional movies and television, from seminal shows like The Office to beloved films like He’s Just Not That Into You.