BOOKING IT: The official, David Remnick-hosted late-night party for the New Yorker Festival drew an assortment of literary heavyweights and a handful of the fest’s notable panelists to Andaz on Saturday night. Julian Barnes, Gay Talese and Malcolm Gladwell were all on hand, as were Christian Louboutin, Carrie Brownstein, Lana Wachowski, Sarah Silverman and Andy Borowitz. But arguably the biggest publishing sensation in the room was “Girls” mastermind Lena Dunham, who, on the strength of one essay published in the magazine and a recently floated treatment, was at that moment at the center of a genuine bidding war. Not that she wanted to talk about it.
“My publicist isn’t with me so I’m a little hesitant about doing interviews tonight, but I’d love to say hello to you off the record,” Dunham said when approached shortly after her arrival at the Midtown hotel, dashing any hopes of discussing the negotiations.
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Sure enough, the The New York Times reported on Monday morning that Random House had acquired the 26-year-old’s “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned” with an advance of more than $3.5 million.
Hello, Lena. Hello.