April 7, 2016
Lena Dunham launches a new imprint with Random House
by Taylor Sperry
Lena Dunham can’t stop, won’t stop. In addition to writing, creating, and staring in the HBO series Girls; signing a book deal for more than $3.5 million in 2012; launching Lenny Letter with Girls producer Jenni Konner; and probably lots of other things over the course of her astonishingly prolific career, Dunham announced yesterday that she and Konner are starting their own imprint at Random House, to be overseen by vice president and editor-in-chief Andy Ward (who published Not That Kind of Girl in 2015).
Lenny-the-imprint will publish a “select number” of books per year, both fiction and non-fiction, for a “varied, compelling, and voice-driven list,” Rachel Deahl reports for Publishers Weekly.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Dunham said:
While we love our home on the internet, Jenni and I are both voracious readers (of books and book reviews) who are constantly trading titles and allowing them to stir us creatively. Our friendship often doubles as a book club. We feel like the Lenny voice lends itself to a diverse list of authors and we are so excited to work with Random House—they get our mission completely. Lenny books will aspire to push the ball forward on the issues that matter to our audience, with wit and style. We hope to see them sticking out of purses and riding public transportation everywhere.
Taylor Sperry is an editor at Melville House.