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DANA SCHWARTZ discusses her nonfiction book CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER with DAVID CANFIELD

Choose Your Own Disaster (Grand Central Publishing)

This is a hilarious, quirky, and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions as she tries (and sometimes fails) to find herself in a world full of dizzying possibilities.

Do you:
A. Drop everything you’re doing to read it immediately because Dana Schwartz is an internet darling and you can’t wait to see which fake rom-com lady career you should pursue or which European city should you go to while you’re deep in denial about needing to enter the real world.
B. See option A.

If you answered A:
Congratulations! You’re in for an entertaining joyride as you relive some of Dana’s choice misadventures in college, traveling abroad, and starting off in New York through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz.

Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, Choose Your Own Disaster is a manifesto about the millennial experience, modern feminism, and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty fucking difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it seems like you could be. Dana has no idea who she is, but at least she knows she's a Carrie, a Ravenclaw, a Raphael, a Belle, and a former emo kid, a Twitter addict, and a millennial just trying her best.

Dana Schwartz is an arts and culture writer based in Los Angeles with writing for The New Yorker, The Guardian, New York Observer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mic, GQ, VICE, and more. She is currently a staff writer for Entertainment Weekly. She created a parody Twitter account called @GuyInYourMFA based on the people she's encountered in fiction workshops, and another one called @DystopianYA about the tropes in all of the young adult fiction books she's read. Her own (non-dystopian) YA book, And We're Off, was published May 2017 by Penguin/Razorbill.

Photo by Emily Assiran

David Canfield writes book criticism and features for Entertainment Weekly, and helps oversee the magazine’s coverage of books and the publishing industry. He’s previously written regularly for SlateVulture, and IndieWire. You can follow him on Twitter @davidcanfield97.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781478970392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 19th, 2018