As is the current protocol for dropping new work, Lena Dunham announced the release of her new book, Is It Evil Not To Be Sure?, via Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Proceeds from the book—which is pieced together from Dunham’s own teenage journals—will benefit Girls Write Now, an organization that pairs teen girls with inspiring mentors from diverse writing backgrounds.
The sale page for the book offers Dunham’s more in-depth description of its origins.
“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.”
Dunham is also asking fans to share their own memories of being 19 with the hashtag #isitevil and RTing her faves.
Teenage girls are the MOST incredible creatures. Tweet me your best memory from the year you were 19 with #isitevil and I'll RT my faves.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 17, 2016
went to the ER thinking I was dying from drinking too much Gatorade, didn't understand panic attacks yet…— Loryn Brantz (@LorynBrantz) May 17, 2016
got an accidental mullet and cried outside the hair salon, thinking I'd be a virgin 4ever. had sex a week later. mullet and all. #isitevil— May Wilkerson (@shutupmay) May 17, 2016
The book goes on sale for purchase at noon EST.