"Girls" creator Lena Dunham signs advice book deal

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Lena Dunham, creator of HBO comedy"Girls", has signed a deal for a debut book giving advice toyoung women on sex and work, a publishing contract reported tobe worth several million dollars.

Publisher Random House said on Monday it was "thrilled" tosign Dunham's collection of essays entitled "Not That Kind ofGirl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned", but declinedto comment on financial details.

The New York Times, citing unnamed publishing sources, saidRandom House paid more than $3.5 million for the 26-year-old'sfirst book after a fierce bidding war.

Random House Editor-in-Chief Susan Kamil described Dunham ina statement as "fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rareliterary talent that will only grow from strength, to strengthand we look forward to helping her build a long career as anauthor."

According to a description from the publishing company,Dunham's book will "offer frank and funny advice on everythingfrom sex to eating to traveling to work," and is expected tofollow in the footsteps of late filmmaker and author Nora Ephronand former Cosmopolitan magazine Editor-in-Chief Helen GurleyBrown.

Dunham, who broke out as a actor-writer-director with herdebut film "Tiny Furniture" in 2010, has become a rising starwith her raunchy television series "Girls", which got four EmmyAward nominations earlier this year.

Random House is a unit of European media group Bertlesmann.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles, editing by JillSerjeant and Richard Chang)

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