In the second season of HBO show Girls, Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath struggles with OCD. She counts everything, she forces herself to picture sexual images in a loop, she can only do certain things in sets of eight. And in a new excerpt from her coming book Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham reveals that her character’s struggles were very similar to her own. READ FULL STORY
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The hype for Lena Dunham’s first book Not That Kind of Girl might be even louder than we expected — this will be the bookstore equivalent of a Beyonce and Jay-Z stadium concert tour. Dunham announced the dates for Not That Kind of Tour today, and the lineup of special guests is absurdly amazing. Certain stops will feature local talent (you can apply to an open call on Dunham’s website), but others will feature well-known women, including fellow Apatow collaborator Amy Schumer, poet and memoirist Mary Karr, Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, filmmaker Miranda July, and novelist Zadie Smith.
See below for a full list of stops for Not That Kind of Tour: READ FULL STORY
Lena Dunham wrote an essay about discovering Alice Munro for Zoetrope, the literary journal run by Francis Ford Coppola. “I came to Alice Munro after her Nobel Prize win, like a girl discovering Maroon 5 circa 2014 and deciding they are an indie band,” she wrote. “Because, new as I am to her, and sure as we all are that she is the queen of her form, I still feel that Alice Munro is mine. I am the perfect audience for her brand of quiet, seething feminism.” The essay is titled “Hateship, Loveship, Viewership, Readership,” riffing on the title of the Munro’s classic story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” which is reprinted in the magazine. [Zoetrope All-Story]
Barnes and Noble is splitting its retail and Nook operations into two separate companies. Though there’s no guarantee that the split will be successful, the company hopes to complete the process by the first quarter of 2015. As it is, Barnes & Noble isn’t doing to0 well—retail sales are down 6 percent this year, Nook hardware sales are down 45 percent, and digital content sales are down 21 percent. Earlier this year, Barnes & Noble announced that it would invest fewer of the company’s own resources into the Nook division and would instead partner with Samsung to develop a tablet. Hopefully, one of the companies will be called “Barnes” and the other “Noble.” [Publishers Weekly] READ FULL STORY
The annual publishing convention BookExpo America began Wednesday at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. The four-day-long event will feature appearances from Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, and Amy Poehler, all of whom are promoting their forthcoming memoirs: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography (Oct. 14), Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (Oct. 7), and Poehler’s Yes Please (Oct. 28); other events include previews and discussions of film adaptations. EW’s YA expert Sara Vilokmerson is moderating The Fault in Our Stars event with author John Green and director Josh Boone, and EW’s Anthony Breznican is moderating the This Is Where I Leave You panel with author Jonathan Tropper and actors Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. In addition to these star-studded events, the first-ever BookCon, modeled on ComicCon, will take place on the final day of BookExpo – organizers expect as many as 10,000 readers to attend. We can expect that the ongoing battle between Amazon and Hachette books will be a topic of discussion during BookExpo. [USA Today] READ FULL STORY
Lena Dunham and Judy Blume may seem like unlikely gal pals, but both have spoken in the past about their admiration for each other’s work: Dunham grew up with Blume’s novels (and even used Summer Sisters as an inspiration for her HBO show Girls), while Blume is a vocal fan of Dunham’s show.
Naturally, the duo had to meet each other and have a chat stat — and The Believer has made it happen. The magazine brought the two together for their first meeting, during which they discussed everything from the books they read as children, Blume’s tendency to make up books for book reports, and, of all things, horses.
Here’s an excerpt of their conversation, which will be published in full by Believer in a limited edition, 80-page book:
LENA DUNHAM: As a kid, what was popular? What were the books people read at school? Was it the Bobbsey Twins and Boxcar Children?
JUDY BLUME: I never read the Bobbsey Twins or Boxcar Children, but—
My first favorite books were the ones in the Betsy-Tacy series. But they weren’t popular in school. I didn’t know anyone else who was reading them. I liked Nancy Drew, used my allowance to buy one every week at the Ritz Bookstore. In sixth grade I made up books to give book reports on.
You invented them?
You would report on a book that had never existed?
Were you ever caught?
Nope. I always got an A on those.
I just wasn’t interested in the kinds of books I thought I was meant to be reading. I wasn’t that interested in stories about prairie girls or horse stories. I never read a horse book in my life, but I thought that’s what my friends were reading and that’s what I should be reading—Dobbin does this and Dobbin does that.
That was the name of your series?
It was about a horse named Dobbin, yes. I made up the characters and the theme and I stood up in front of the class and I gave my report.
On the books you made up in your mind?
That’s a literary hoax, basically.
I had never heard of a literary hoax then. Still, I knew it wasn’t right. The thing is, I was reading. I was reading from the bookshelves at home, but how could I report on those books? I tell teachers now, when I tell this story, I say, “How about just once during the school year, give your students the chance to invent books? See what they come up with.”
Did you ever say in the book report that you didn’t like it—that it wasn’t good?
I don’t think so.
That would be a whole other meta-layer.
The book, Judy Blume and Lena Dunham in Conversation, will be available for purchase by Believer subscribers only.
Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO show Girls and overachiever about town, can barely do anything these days without an onslaught of criticism and snark from pretty much everywhere. A few days ago she made an offhand comment about how writing for money was “weird” at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. It didn’t go over well.
Today, Gawker got a hold of her 66-page, illustrated book proposal that landed her that now-infamous $3.7 million deal with Random House back in October.
Hannah Horvath would be seething with jealousy right now.
Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old star and creator of the hit HBO series Girls, has landed a book deal at Random House for a massive $3.5 million. That’s more than the $2 million Dick Cheney received for his memoir In My Time and short of Amanda Knox’s $4 million and Tina Fey’s $5 million for Bossypants.
Bidding for the debut essay collection — titled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned — started at $1 million and quickly climbed as publishers pursued the hot property. The 66-page book proposal contained “color, illustrations and a humor that publishing executives predicted could produce another bestseller like Tina Fey’s blockbuster memoir,” according to the New York Times. READ FULL STORY
If Hannah Horvath got a monster book deal as quickly as Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old woman who created and portrays her on Girls, Girls as a TV series would come to a screeching halt. Where would our broke, semi-motivated aspiring essayist have left to go? There would be no need for roommates or crappy jobs.
According to Deadline, the bids for Dunham’s future advice-book-slash-essay-collection — tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl — have climbed to a whopping $3.6 million and could go even higher as Dunham and literary agent Kim Witherspoon continue to meet with publishers. The negotiations began at $1 million.
To put things in context, if the deal happens, Dunham’s book would rake in more than Dick Cheney did for In My Time, which went for $2 million — and it would fall a bit short of Amanda Knox’s upcoming memoir ($4 million) and more than a million short of Tina Fey’s Bossypants ($5 million), although Fey had well more than a decade of fodder on Dunham.
Do you think Dunham’s writing is worth the big bucks? Will you look at Hannah Horvath differently when you watch season 2 of Girls?
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For $1 million you can bid on Lena Dunham’s first book. But hurry, the bids are due by the end of the day tomorrow.
Dunham’s literary agents are currently shopping around an advice book penned by the Girls creator. According to Slate, the actress has written a detailed book proposal outlining the general content of the book, which will reportedly be in the format of essays. Some sample topics include Dunham’s first experience with sex, her attempts to eat healthily (including a diet journal) and her obsession with death. Overall, however, she hopes to help people avoid the mistakes she’s made in her life.
Since I do not readily have $1 million on hand, I’ve made a wish list for what I’d to see in Dunham’s advice book instead.
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