(CBS SF/AP) – Lena Dunham has a new role — spokesperson for a national campaign on behalf of independent bookstores.

The best-selling author and creator and star of “Girls” is backing “Indies First,” a program conceived by Sherman Alexie in 2013 and run by the American Booksellers Association. In late November, events will be held at independent sellers around the country, with writers stepping in to help sell books. Dunham, author of “Not That Kind of Girl,” plans to spend Nov. 26 at Book Soup in Los Angeles.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  A general view of Lena Dunham's book 'Not That Kind Of Girl' at Waterstones, Piccadilly on October 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Lena Dunham’s book ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’ (credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

In a statement issued Wednesday through the booksellers association, Dunham said that independent bookstores were a “cornerstone” of her identity.

Bookstores, she added, were “places for learning, community-building, and falling in love with strangers.”

Dunham will be at City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco on October 16th. The event is co-hosted with Books, Inc. and is sold out.

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