SOLD OUT! Vroman's Bookstore presents Lena Dunham and her collection of essays, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"


Vroman’s Bookstore presents Lena Dunham and her collection of essays, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned," interviewed by Miranda July*

For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham—the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls—as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

“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.”

* THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. This is a ticketed event. Admission is $34.00 + tax and includes one ticket and one signed  copy of Not That Kind of Girl.  Books will be pre-signed by Lena Dunham--- she will not be signing books at the event.

Advance praise for the book:
“It’s not Lena Dunham’s candor that makes me gasp. Rather it’s her writing—which is full of surprises where you least expect them. A fine, subversive book.” —David Sedaris

“Always funny, sometimes wrenching, these essays are a testament to the creative wonder that is Lena Dunham.” —Judy Blume

“Dunham’s writing is just as smart, honest, sophisticated, dangerous, luminous, and charming as her work on Girls. It’s essential quality is a kind of joyful super-awareness: of herself, the world, the human.  Reading her makes you glad to be in the world, and glad that she’s in it with you.”
—George Saunders

“Very few women have become famous for being who they actually are, nuanced and imperfect. When honesty happens, it’s usually couched in self-ridicule or self-help. Dunham doesn't apologize like that— she simply tells her story as if it might be interesting. The result is shocking and radical because it is utterly familiar. Not That Kind of Girl is hilarious, artful and staggeringly intimate; I read it shivering with recognition.” —Miranda July

About the Author:
LENA DUNHAM is the creator and star of the critically-acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer and director. She has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards and has won 2 Golden Globes, including Best Actress, for her work on Girls. Lena has also written and directed two feature length films (including 2011's Tiny Furniture), created two web series, and is a frequent contributor to the The New Yorker. Lena graduated from Oberlin College in 2008.



About the Interviewer:
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist and writer. She wrote, directed and starred in the The Future (2011) and Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007) has been published in twenty-three countries. She designed Eleven Heavy Things, an interactive sculpture garden, for the 2009 Venice Biennale, and in 2013 more than a hundred-thousand people subscribed to her e-mail-based artwork We Think Alone. Her novel The First Bad Man will be published in January 2015. Raised in Berkeley, California, July lives in Los Angeles.

With a comedy set by comedian: Morgan Murphy
Morgan Murphy has been doing stand-up since the age of 18. While still in college she made her first of what would be many appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She has also been seen on @midnight, Chelsea Lately, 2 Broke Girls and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Morgan has toured with the Comedians of Comedy, and appears in the comedy concert film, “Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubador.” She had some lines in the movie "It's Kind of a Funny Story," starring Zach Galifianakis, and in multiple Bobcat Goldthwait-directed films including “World’s Greatest Dad” starring Robin Williams. An Emmy nominated writer, Morgan has written for multiple shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and currently writes for 2 Broke Girls. She was named a “top ten comic to watch” by Variety magazine, and Rolling Stone included her in their list: "The New Wave of Comedy." You can catch her on the second season of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" and her stand-up special "Irish Goodbye" is available on Netflix and iTunes.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
585 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
91101 Pasadena