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Lena Dunham is not that kind of girl--she's a new kind of woman
With an introduction at BookExpo America 2014 from Scottish-born American award-winning actor and author Alan Cumming, indie film writer/director, creator, writer, and 28-year old star of the Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham launched her recently published memoir, Not That Kind of Girl (Random House; September, 2014), already a #1 New York Times bestseller, touching on women's issues from media images to misogyny. Dunham wrapped her BEA appearance with a reading of the introduction to the book based on the iconic Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief of 32 years, Helen Gurley Brown and her classic memoir, Having It All, which Dunham claimed as the inspiration for her own transformation from a self-described 'unloved, unsexy, unappreciated' girl to a phenomenally successful, self-confident woman.

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Caitlin Moran reveals she was home-schooled by a TV set and flashes her 'feminist smile': Award-winning British TV host, scriptwriter, columnist and critic, Caitlin Moran offers everything from her opinion on opinion writing and Downton Abbey to Benedict Cumberbatch and Adele with a 'feminist smile' set to the tune of 'Hello Dolly.'

Nicholson Baker salts his fiction with little known facts about things like traveling sprinklers: Award-winning, international bestselling fiction and non-fiction writer Nicholson Baker discusses his recipe for success with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles

Candy Leonard traces the emotions of Beatlemania to a culture of Beatleness fifty years later: First-generation Beatles fan and sociologist Candy Leonard traces the roots of Beatlemania from a female fan's perspective to the 'Beatleness' that still infuses the world fifty years later.

Scott Anderson and Ari Shavit compare the hundred year old vision and current reality of the Mideast: American novelist, journalist, and a veteran war correspondent, Scott Anderson,and Israeli reporter and columnist for Haaretz, Ari Shavit take a look at the modern Mideast through a historic lense, from on the early visionaries (1897-1917) to the current struggles.

Brad Meltzer and Sandra Brown headline panel of mystery writers revealing secrets of the craft: Brad Meltzer, Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, and Sara Blaedel join Megan Abbott in a tell-all about career high points and low points, writing superstitions and rituals, inspirations, and the finer points of mystery writing.

Amy Bloom, Susan Gilman, Lian Moriarty, and Randy Meyers tackle ups and downs of women's fiction: Five bestselling authors discuss the ups and downs, ins and outs of women's contemporary fiction.

Marlene Streeruwitz juxtaposes language and torture to reveal feminist truths: Writer, director, and one of Europe's leading feminist activists, Marlene Streeruwitz makes her case for a 'female language' and reviews her writing career, including her new novel, Die Schmerzmecherin (The Hurtress), with Sweden's Yvonne Ihmels, founder of the culture magazine, Cora, at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair.

Diana Gabaldon weaves time traveling, romance, history and science into hit Outlander series: Science whiz and bestselling author of the long-running historical, sci-fi adventure-romance Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon makes a rare appearance at BEA 2013 to introduce her new Outlander novel, Written in My Own Heart's Blood.

Jonathan Lethem harvests fresh insights from Dissident Gardens: Award-winning, widely acclaimed, bestselling novelist Jonathan Lethem takes stock of his prolific career, his methods, and emotional preparedness in an interview with author, journalist Chuck Klosterman at the 2013 BookExpo America convention for book publishing and book selling professionals.

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