Lena Dunham is just "Not That Kind of Girl"

October 3, 2014 | Karolina

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Lena Dunham, star of HBO's Girls, can now officially add author to her growing list of job titles.

On Thursday, October 23rd, at 7 pm, Lena Dunham, will join us in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library to discuss her first book. On September 30th, she released her collection of essays and advice, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,  for which the 28-year-old director/actor/writer famously netted a $3.7 million advance!


Lena Dunham
Photo credit Autumn de Wilde


“Always funny, sometimes wrenching, these essays are a testament
to thecreative wonder that is Lena Dunham.” —JUDY BLUME

Tickets to this Appel Salon event sold out in a record 3 minutes! But not to fret, the event will be simulcast into the Atrium. This upcoming Monday, October 6th at 9am we will release an additional 100 tickets! We will also post the interview on our Youtube channel.


Lena Dunham's recent book "Not That Kind of Girl"

“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

The book reveals a dark past filled with sexual assault, eating disorders and a discomfort in her own skin. Lena Dunham also shares experiences that are part of making our way in the world:

  • falling in love,
  • feeling alone,
  • being ten pounds overweight despite eating only healthy food,
  • having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age,
  • keeping close girlfriends,
  • losing bad boyfriends,
  • finding true love,
  • and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.

“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." — MIRANDA JULY. Given that Dunham’s story includes therapy when she was in her single digits, ongoing battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more failed relationships than one can count, some might wonder what they can learn from a mere 28 year old...Possibly everything!

Check out eight of Dunham’s most useful pieces of advice (New York Post):

1. Don’t let Hollywood into your bed

2. How to spot a jerk

3. Don’t be a doormat

4. Own your style

5. How to win friends and be a good boss

6. Don’t let them steal your sunshine

7. Discover whom you want to be

8. Make your voice heard

Besides being a author and television star, Dunham has also written and directed two feature-length films (including Tiny Furniture in 2010). She has been called the voice of her generation and named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

We hope that you are as excited as we are to hear what Lena Dunham has to say at our October 23rd Appel Salon event!

Promotional poster for the series premiere showing the cast. From left to right: Jemima Kirke (as Jessa), Allison Williams (Marnie), Lena Dunham (Hannah), and Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna).