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About Miranda July’s It Chooses You


To buy It Chooses You, click here.

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To read an excerpt from It Chooses You, click here.

To read an interview with Miranda July, click here.

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The Book

In the summer of 2009, Miranda July was struggling to finish writing the screenplay for her much-anticipated second film. During her increasingly long lunch breaks, she began to obsessively read the PennySaver, the iconic classifieds booklet that reached everywhere and seemed to come from nowhere. Who was the person selling the “Large Leather Jacket, $10”? It seemed important to find out—or at least it was a great distraction from the screenplay.

Accompanied by photographer Brigitte Sire, July crisscrossed Los Angeles to meet a random selection of PennySaver sellers, glimpsing thirteen surprisingly moving and profoundly specific realities, along the way shaping her film, and herself, in unexpected ways.

Elegantly blending narrative, interviews, and photographs with July’s off-kilter honesty and deadpan humor, this is a story of procrastination and inspiration, isolation and connection, and grabbing hold of the invisible world.

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The Author

Miranda July is the author of No One Belongs Here More Than You, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. July wrote, directed, and starred in the film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second film, The Future, was released this summer.

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Miranda will be blanketing North America for a few events in November.

November 14, Drawn & Quarterly
7 p.m., Ukrainian Federation, 5213 Hutchison, Montreal, QC
More info

November 15, BookCourt
7 p.m., 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY
More info

November 16, Selected Shorts at Symphony Space
7 p.m., Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
More info

November 17, Partners and Spade
40 Great Jones St, New York, NY
More details forthcoming

November 18, Creative Minds at the Connecticut Forum
8 p.m., Bushnell Theater, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
More info

November 29, ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA
in conversation with Joshuah Bearman
7 p.m., Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
More info

November 30, City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco, CA
in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson
More info