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Yesterday, Lena Dunham shared the news that she would be releasing a second book — immediately.
A limited 2,000 signed copies of the book, entitled Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?, went on sale yesterday at noon EST following Lena’s announcement on Instagram. It sold out within the hour. However, the ebook will also be available on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The book will be a collection of essays that Lena wrote as a 19-year-old in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006, her sophomore year of college. She went through the old work and collected the best pieces recently while she was recovering from a surgery to deal with endometriosis.
All of the money raised by the sales of the book is going to a New York charity called Girls Write Now.
Hello! I have made a chapbook- an essay on diary keeping and excerpts from my most absurd & secret 19 year old journal- to benefit the incredible @girlswritenow. Limited edition of 2,000- signed and numbered- with all profits going to mentoring young female writers. Available today starting at noon EST. I love holding this little pink thing in my hand and hope you will too! Link to purchase in bio 📚 ebook also available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and oodles of indie booksellers via Kobo!
In the official statement that Lena made on her site, she said:
“Earlier this year, recuperating in bed from surgery and feeling painfully adult, I found my journals from 2005/2006 on an old hard drive. I was, of course, full of the kind of mortification that is part and parcel with meeting a former version of yourself, a woefully misguided girl desperate to be embraced by even the least exemplary specimens of young American malehood.
“But I was also moved by — maybe even proud of — how carefully I had recorded that period of time, my younger self’s commitment to capturing the kinds of hyper-internal formative moments so often lost to adulthood. I have always believed that women chronicling their own lives, even (or especially) at their most mundane, is a radical act. That’s why I thought the diaries might be worth sharing as a short book, with proceeds going to Girls Write Now and their mission to give young women the tools to tell their own stories. I can’t think of a more admirable goal for an organization, or a better reason to expose the oft troubling thought patterns of my final teenage year.”
Girls Write Now offers monthly workshops, mentoring programs and college prep that supports young women who have the desire to write. It sounds like the perfect charitable match for Lena’s project. Their website reads:
“We take girls seriously for who they are, as well as who they will become.”