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SOLD OUT: Rainn Wilson, Soul Boom

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:00pm


TICKETED OFFSITE EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes comedic actor, producer, and writer Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute, The Office), cofounder of the media company SoulPancake, for a special event at the Rio Theatre. Wilson will discuss his book Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution, which explores the problem-solving benefits that spirituality gives us to create solutions for an increasingly challenging world.

"Wilson takes a profound, humorous, reflective look at faith and spirituality. He is fearless and funny in mining the world's religious and spiritual traditions...for nuggets of truth and wisdom." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

PLEASE NOTE: Books will be pre-signed. No memorabilia or other books will be signed. 

"Soul Boom funnily but gently and lovingly opens a door to a deeper way to process all that is happening around us. The wisdom in and on these pages will fill your soul and touch your heart." —Lisa Ling

The trauma that our struggling species has experienced in recent years—because of both the pandemic and societal tensions that threaten to overwhelm us—is not going away anytime soon. Existing political and economic systems are not enough to bring the change that the world needs. In this book, Rainn Wilson explores the possibility and hope for a spiritual revolution, a “Soul Boom,” to find a healing transformation on both a personal and global level

For Wilson, this is a serious and essential pursuit, but he brings great humor and his own unique perspective to the conversation. He feels that, culturally, we’ve discounted spirituality—faith and the sacred—and we need profound healing and a unifying understanding of the world that the great spiritual traditions provide. Wilson’s approach to spirituality—the non-physical, eternal aspects of ourselves—is relatable and applies to people of all beliefs, even the skeptics. Filled with genuine insight—not to mention enlightening Kung Fu and Star Trek references—Soul Boom delves into ancient wisdom to seek out practical, transformative answers to life’s biggest questions.

Rainn Wilson is a three-time Emmy nominated actor best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office. Besides his many other roles on stage and screen, he is the co-founder of the media company SoulPancake and host of Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss on Peacock. Rainn is the author of The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy, as well as the coauthor of SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Oregon and California with his family and a lot of animals.