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Sep 14, 2:47 PM EDT

Lena Dunham speaks up for independent bookstores


NEW YORK (AP) -- Lena Dunham has a new role - spokesperson for a national campaign on behalf of independent bookstores.

The best-selling author and creator and star of "Girls" is backing "Indies First," a program conceived by Sherman Alexie in 2013 and run by the American Booksellers Association. In late November, events will be held at independent sellers around the country, with writers stepping in to help sell books. Dunham, author of "Not That Kind of Girl," plans to spend Nov. 26 at Book Soup in Los Angeles.

In a statement issued Wednesday through the booksellers association, Dunham said that independent bookstores were a "cornerstone" of her identity.

Bookstores, she added, were "places for learning, community-building, and falling in love with strangers."

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