Book girls have three pretty huge things to celebrate today…
First, we got a new Undone Girl, Hannah-Rose and she is the bees knees when it comes to literature (and fashion, and food, and very cool other stuff). First book-babe post coming very soon!
Second, Lena Dunham gave us a date (7th October) and a cover for her first book, Not That Kind of Girl.
What else she said about it: “If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile. This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of fifty-year-old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep me up at night. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or having the kind of sexual encounter where you keep your sneakers on. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a registered dietician. I am not a married mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in self-actualisation, sending hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle.”
The cover designer Elizabeth Olson (nope not Olsen, we’re a little disappointed too) also took to social media with a little inspo pic, which we love.
Third, HarperCollins have launched a super exciting new initiative for aspiring novelists, The Wednesday Post, to “uncover the best voices writing today”.
Each Wednesday the lines are open to submit your labour of lit love in the fields of adult fiction and non-fiction including novels (all genres), memoirs, biographies, narrative histories, young adult, popular science and illustrated non-fiction.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day (is V Day particularly huge this year or is it just us?!) on Wednesday’s 12 and 19 of February, they’ll only be accepting submissions of romance, erotica and commercial women’s fiction…
We are really excited about reading all that cool new stuff coming out of your brains and onto the printed page, and we’d especially love to see some local writers in the mix…