Even when Lena Dunham is acting, she's writing (in a roundabout way). On HBO's Girls, Dunham lets art imitate life as she plays her endearing aspiring writer alter ego Hannah Horvath (who is exactly and unapologetically thirteen pounds overweight). As the show's creator, writer, and star, everything passes through the hilarious, hyper-aware, and painfully accurate lens of her 20-something lit-minded worldview. Each episode touches on sex-positive feminism and a smorgasbord of cultural issues as Hannah attempts to sort out her life and further her literary goals. Career-wise, Dunham is light years ahead of her on-screen persona. After nailing down a $3.5 million publishing deal, she'll release her first book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned on September 30. Expect the collection of essays to showcase her smart, sometimes shocking, and painstakingly honest voice. Today Dunham announced the Not That Kind of Girl book tour, which heads to Seattle this fall with an October 18 stop at the University Temple United Methodist Church.
Tickets for Lena Dunham's book reading are on sale now for $28 through Brown Paper Tickets. A ticket to the event includes a pre-signed copy of Not That Kind of Girl. There will be no signings or photo ops, but the event will feature a reading and a Q&A session. Dunham is also looking for local talent to submit videos to be the “opening act” for the evening.
To quote rhetoric from Hannah Horvath: “Do you think I think this is the best use of my literary voice and myriad talents?” Yes, Lena. Yes, we do.
Oct 18 at 7, University Temple United Methodist Church, $28 (includes signed book)