September 16, 2016
Lena Dunham, established literary lady, backs Indies First 2016
by Kait Howard
Lena Dunham isn’t slowing her foray-turned-career-swerve into all things book-related. We’ve followed her journey from publishing a bestselling book to co-founding Lenny Letter to finding herself the face of her very own imprint (with Jenni Konner) at Random House.
The platform she’s has established for herself has been formidable: leveraging her audience at Lenny Letter, she quickly sold through a limited edition printing of her college diary, and it’s there that she announced she’s at work on a collection of short stories set to be published (by Random House, of course) next year.
Which makes the announcement this week that Dunham has become a spokesperson for the American Booksellers Association’s Indies First campaign all the more timely. In a letter published at the ABA site, Dunham explained her new role by paying lip service to independent bookstores, shouting out McNally Jackson in NYC, Book Soup in LA, and Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY, as particular havens for “learning, community building, and falling in love with strangers.”
Dunham will be working the floor of Book Soup on November 26, when nationwide Indies First activities coincide with Small Business Saturday. In her familiar, self-deprecating manner, she writes, “Even though my professional comfort zone tends to extend no further than my own bed and personal stash of carbohydrates, I’ll be emerging from under my comforter to hit the floor of Book Soup in Los Angeles.” Oh Lena!
Kait Howard was a publicist at Melville House.