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Wed, Jul 11, 2018

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Caitlin Moran

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Caitlin Moran

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How to Be Famous:
A Novel

in conversation with MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN

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This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author CAITLIN MORAN for a discussion of her latest novel, How to Be Famous, a sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, How to Build a Girl. She will be joined in conversation by The Boston Globe Love Letters columnist MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN—author of Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist.

About How to Be Famous

You can’t have your best friend be famous if you’re not famous. It doesn’t work. You’re emotional pen-friends. You can send each other letters—but you’re not doing anything together. You live in different countries.

Johanna Morrigan (AKA Dolly Wilde) has it all: at eighteen, she lives in her own flat in London and writes for the coolest music magazine in Britain. But Johanna is miserable. Her best friend and man of her dreams John Kite has just made it big in 1994’s hot new BritPop scene. Suddenly John exists on another plane of reality: that of the Famouses.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Johanna hatches a plan: she will Saint Paul his Corinthians, she will Jimmy his Pinocchio—she will write a monthly column, by way of a manual to the famous, analyzing fame, its power, its dangers, and its amusing aspects. In stories, girls never win the girl—they are won. Well, Johanna will re-write the stories, and win John, through her writing.

But as Johanna’s own star rises, an unpleasant one-night stand she had with a stand-up comedian, Jerry Sharp, comes back to haunt in her in a series of unfortunate consequences. How can a girl deal with public sexual shaming? Especially when her new friend, the up-and-coming feminist rock icon Suzanne Banks, is Jimmy Cricketing her?

For anyone who has been a girl or known one, who has admired fame or judged it, and above all, anyone who loves to laugh till their sides ache, How to Be Famous is a big-hearted, hilarious tale of fame and fortune-and all they entail.

Praise

“Wonderfully wise and flat-out hilarious.” —People on How To Build a Girl

“Rallying cries will always have a place in a yet-unfinished movement like feminism, but sometimes storytelling is more effective. The fictional Johanna Morrigan never drops the F-word, but readers can see she’s asking all the right questions.” —New York Times Book Review on How To Build a Girl

“Vivid and full of truths . . . There’s a point in midlife when you’re already built, as it were, when the average coming-of-age story starts to feel completely uninteresting. But Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that How to Build a Girl transcends any age restrictions.” —San Francisco Chronicle on How To Build a Girl


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Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran was named Columnist of the Year by the Press Awards in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011 for her work in The Times of London. Her debut book, How to Be a Woman, won the 2011 Galaxy Book of the Year Award and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, How to Build a Girl, was published in 2014 to widespread acclaim. You can follow Caitlin on Twitter: @caitlinmoran and learn more on her website: www.caitlinmoran.co.uk.

 

Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. In 2009, she began writing Love Letters, which inspired her memoir/essay collection, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. Meredith was raised in Maryland and lives in Boston with a David Bowie doll and a full-size cotton candy machine.

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