"A Star is Bored" Virtual Event with Byron Lane and Steven Rowley

Byron Lane will discuss his new book A Star is Bored on Wednesday, October 14th at 7 pm Central Time. The author will be joined in conversation by Steven Rowley, author of The Editor.

This discussion will be hosted on Zoom. After completing your purchase you will receive an email confirmation for your order, and a follow up email with log-in information will be sent before the event begins. For questions, please email matt@unabridgedbookstore.com

A Star is Bored is an absolute knockout. Riotously funny and wickedly tender.
-- Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six

Wildly funny and irreverent... Lane's writing lifts the novel far above its gossamer Hollywood setting, suffusing [the novel] with a complex sensitivity.
- The New York Times Book Review

A hilariously heartfelt novel influenced in part by the author's time assisting Carrie Fisher. She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.

Charlie Besson is tense and sweating as he prepares for a wild job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine's Worst Dressed list. She's an actress in need of assistance, and he's adrift and in need of a lifeline.

Kathi is an icon, bestselling author, and award-winning movie star, most known for her role as Priestess Talara in a blockbuster sci-fi film. She's also known in another role: Outrageous Hollywood royalty. Admittedly so. Famously so. Chaotically so, as Charlie quickly discovers.

Charlie gets the job, and his three-year odyssey is filled with late-night shopping sprees, last-minute trips to see the aurora borealis, and an initiation to that most sacred of Hollywood tribes: the personal assistant. But Kathi becomes much more than a boss, and as their friendship grows Charlie must make a choice. Will he always be on the sidelines of life, assisting the great forces that be, or can he step into his own life's leading role?

Laugh-out-loud funny, and searingly poignant, Byron Lane's A Star is Bored is a novel that, like the star at its center, is enchanting and joyous, heartbreaking and hopeful.

Byron Lane is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His debut novel is called A Star is Bored, about a celebrity assistant struggling to manage his eccentric and hilarious movie star boss, inspired in part by Lane’s time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher. The novel has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, OK Magazine, and People Magazine which hails: "Funny, dishy, deeply affectionate... the force is with him." Lane is a regional Emmy Award winner from his time as a TV News journalist. He's originally from New Orleans and lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend, best-selling author Steven Rowley, and their rescue dog, Tilda.


Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2016 and The Editor, named by NPR and Esquire Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2019, and by O Magazine as one of the LGBT books changing the literary landscape. His new novel, The Guncle, arrives May 25th, 2021. Steven has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Palm Springs with his partner, the novelist Byron Lane.

A Star Is Bored: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250266491
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 28th, 2020

The Editor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525537984
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 30th, 2020

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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