Some would find it a little presumptuous for a forty-something non-celebrity everywoman to write five, yes five, memoirs, but Jen Lancaster has something to say and she'll be damned if anyone is going to stop her. Her tales have run the gamut from unemployment to weight loss to reality television addiction, and now the woman with all of the impossibly long-titled best-sellers (her debut memoir was the hit Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office) has finally made the break into the world of fiction with her first novel If You Were Here. Part John Hughes tribute, part autobiographically influenced home improvement chronicle, If You Were Here brings Lancaster's snarky and acerbic wit to the homes of suburbia as only the Governor of Jennsylvania can do. Swing by Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, and grab a copy of the just released If You Were Here at Lancaster's Q&A and signing at 7 p.m. Friday. Call 214-739-1124 or visit barnesandnoble.com.
Fri., May 6, 7 p.m., 2011