A book talk with writer and author Mike Reiss ‘81


Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Office of Career Services, 54 Dunster Street

Mike ReissMike Reiss ’81, a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy Awards, will be in discussion with students about his work as a TV and book writer. His new book, Springfield Confidential, is a humorous look at the legendary TV series. As a student at Harvard, Reiss served as president of The Harvard Lampoon. His books for children include How Murray Saved ChristmasSanta Claustrophobia and The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, all illustrated by David Catrow.

This event, which is co-sponsored by the Office for Career Services, Theater, Dance & Media, and the Office for the Arts, is free to students but requires an RSVP. To sign up, please visit the Office of Career Services website.  

Harvard Coop will be onsite selling copies of Springfield Confidential. 

A note from Mike Reiss:
Springfield Confidential is the first book about The Simpsons written by an insider. I’ve been writing for the show from Day One right up to the present — 30 years!— racking up four Emmys and a Peabody Award. This book gives you a first-hand look at how it all began, how the show is made, and why it keeps going...and going...and going. It’s all in here — the secrets, the scandals, the censors and celebrity guests. Along the way, I blab about other comedy legends I worked for including Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling...and Pope Francis! No joke! Springfield Confidential is like a Simpsons episode in book form: It’s smart, fast-paced and stuffed with hundreds of jokes, some of them funny.