A couple of days ago, Lauren has announced the April Book Club pick on twitter:
An incredibly timely, terrifically witty and moving debut about a young writers’ assistant on a late night comedy show and what transpires when she accepts an invitation from its enigmatic host to spend a long weekend at his mansion in Connecticut.
June Bloom is a broke, cynical twenty-nine-year-old writers’ assistant on the late-night comedy show, Stay Up with Hugo Best. Hugo Best is in his sixties, a beloved icon of TV and humor, and a notorious womanizer. After he unexpectedly retires and a party is held for his now unemployed staff, June ends up at a dive bar for an open-mic night and prepares for the sad return to the anonymous comedian lifestyle. What she’s not prepared for is a run-in with Hugo at that dive bar. Nor for the invitation that swiftly follows: Hugo asks June to come to his mansion in Greenwich for the long Memorial Day weekend. “No funny business,” he insists.
June, in need of a job and money, confident she can handle herself, but secretly harboring the remains of a childhood crush on the charming older comedian and former role model, accepts. The exact terms of the visit are never spelled out, but June is realistic and clear-eyed enough to guess. Even so, as the weekend unfolds and the enigmatic Hugo gradually reveals himself, their dynamic proves to be much more complicated and less predictable than she expected.
At once hilarious and poignant, brilliantly incisive and terrifically propulsive, Stay Up with Hugo Best is an incredibly timely exploration of sexual politics in the #MeToo age, and the unforgettable story of one young woman’s poignant stumbling into adulthood.
You can pre-order the book here: simonandschuster.com
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Lauren has started her own official Book Club on Twitter!
The first book up is “Field Notes on Love” by Jennifer E. Smith :
The bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves.
It’s the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.
But then Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it’s been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school. When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she’s certain it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.
A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?
You can buy the book on amazon.com.
You can find all the books recommended by Lauren over the years here and here.
Lauren will host “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!”, a benefit for WriteGirl on Saturday April 6 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles:
“At this red carpet event, invited celebrity actors will perform scenes and monologues written by our WriteGirl teens! The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, performances by celebrity actors and commentary by acclaimed women screenwriters.”
Confirmed guests include Seth Rogen (Superbad), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), Stephanie Katherine Grant (The Goldbergs), Josann McGibbon (Descendants), Clare Sera (Blended, Smallfoot), Lauren Miller Rogen (Like Father), Liz Kruger (Salvation)…
You can buy tickets here: Lights, Camera, WriteGirl! 2019
And you’ll find more info about WriteGirl here: www.writegirl.org
Lauren revealed during #GivingTuesday2018 last November that she was a volunteer at WriteGirl:
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