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Lena Dunham given her own book publishing imprint

Published 06/04/2016

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham and her frequent collaborator Jenni Konner will help select books for Lenny.

Actress Lena Dunham has been given her own book publishing imprint with Random House.

The Girls writer, director and creator first teamed up with publishing company to release her 2014 autobiographical book Not That Kind of Girl, and now they are continuing their professional relationship by creating the imprint Lenny.

Lena and Girls producer Jenni Konner, who co-created the feminist newsletter Lenny Letter last year (15), will help select fiction and nonfiction titles written by "exciting, emerging voices" for publication.

"While we love our home on the Internet, Jenni and I are both voracious readers (of books and book reviews) who are constantly trading titles and allowing them to stir us creatively," Lena explained. to Buzzfeed.com.

"Our friendship often doubles as a book club... We feel like the Lenny voice lends itself to a diverse list of authors and we are so excited to work with Random House – they get our mission completely.

"Lenny books will aspire to push the ball forward on the issues that matter to our audience, with wit and style. We hope to see them sticking out of purses and riding public transportation everywhere."

A representative for Random House said the company will use Lena and Jenni's "eye for talent and love of books" to publish titles which will be "varied, compelling, and voice-driven".

The Lenny Letter hit the spotlight in October (15) when Jennifer Lawrence wrote a candid essay explaining how she felt when she discovered she was paid less than her male American Hustle co-stars.

Lena also used the newsletter to reveal her struggle with endometriosis in November (15). She had to undergo surgery in March (16) for a ruptured ovarian cyst caused by the chronic gynaecological condition.

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