Lena Dunham Drops Surprise Book, Is It Evil Not to be Sure?, For Charity

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This morning, Lena Dunham surprised fans by releasing a book comprised entirely of her diary entries, entitled Is It Evil Not to be Sure? to raise money for the New-York based charity Girls Write Now. Referred to by Dunham affectionately as “Creative Snippets and Observations Journal”, the book chronicles the Girls star’s intimate thoughts and daily considerations as excerpts from her personal diary from 2005 to 2006.

Dunham described the creative process that went into the book in an interview with Buzzfeed: “I found my journals from 2005/2006 on an old hard drive,” she explained. ”[...] I was moved by – maybe even proud of – how carefully I had recorded that period of time, my younger self’s commitment to capturing the kinds of hyper-internal formative moments so often lost to adulthood. I have always believed that women chronicling their own lives, even (or especially) at their most mundane, is a radical act.”


This will be the second book from the accomplished writer, actress and director following Not That Kind of Girl, a memoir filled with essays and documents from Dunham’s life which was published in 2014. However, this book features a limited release with only 2,000 copies being published, all of which will be signed by the author. Proceeds will be donated to non-profit mentoring organization Girls Write Now, a cause Dunham supports that provides programs for budding female writers and helps young girls improve their writing abilities.

Dunham has enjoyed critical success both from her first book and from her acclaimed HBO television series Girls, which recently wrapped its penultimate fifth season. To read our analysis of the season finale, “Love Stories”, click here. To access a digital copy of the book for Kindle, click here or get a signed hard-copy version from Dunham’s store.