Lena Dunham is bringing her forthcoming book "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned' " to Southern California in October. But the event promises to be a far cry from the typical bookstore reading.
Dunham -- filmmaker, television writer-director-star, Golden Globe winner and author -- will be interviewed on stage by filmmaker Miranda July. The Oct. 15 show will include a comedy set by Morgan Murphy. Dunham is inviting performers who'd like to be the opening act to submit videos for the chance. Unlike most book tours, there's an activist component: It's being undertaken in partnership with Planned Parenthood. And there's a hashtag: #notthatkindoftour.
That's all for the event in Pasadena at All Saints Church, with tickets available from Vroman's bookstore. Tickets, which are $34, include a pre-signed copy of the hardcover book.
Here's a small excerpt from "Not That Kind of Girl": “If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”
Dunham will also appear in Los Angeles at Barnes & Noble at the Grove. Details of that event aren't yet available.
Across the country, Dunham's book tour will feature a number of different authors and performers. In Brooklyn, she'll be interviewed by Zadie Smith; in San Francisco, Vendela Vida; in Boston, Mary Karr; in Portland, Ore., Carrie Brownstein. And in Iowa City -- where her character Hannah Horvath seemed to be headed at the end of the last season of "Girls" -- Dunham will be interviewed by Curtis Sittenfeld.
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