Lena Dunham's Book of Essays Brings $3.7M Bid
Few people are having a better year than Lena Dunham. The 26-year-old actress catapulted onto the pop culture scene with HBO’s (love it or hate it) Girls and interest in her sparked an intense bidding war last week for a proposed book of essays.
THR reports many publishers were bidding for “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned," but $3.7 was enough to secure the rights for Random House. Dunham presented to publishers a 66-page proposal that included color, illustrations and humor causing some to predict an outcome similar to another brunette’s recent work, Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants.
“[Dunham’s] skill on the page as a writer is remarkable—fresh, wise, so assured,” Susan Kamil, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Random House said in a statement. “She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author.”
The New York Times reports the book will cover topics like work, friendship, travel, sex, love and mortality. “One chapter is described as ‘an account of some radically and hilariously inappropriate ways I have been treated at work/by professionals because of my age and gender.’”
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