BOX GIRL: MY PART TIME JOB

AS AN ART INSTALLATION

By Lilibet Snellings

BOX GIRL: MY PART-TIME JOB AS AN ART INSTALLATION

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When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water—a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. One night each week, Lilibet would go to The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, don a pair of white boy shorts with a matching tank, touch up her lip gloss, and crawl into a giant glass case behind the front desk. There, she could do whatever she wanted—check email, catch up on reading, even sleep—as long as she ignored the many hotel guests who would point and ask the staff, “Is she allowed to use the bathroom?” (Yes.)

 

Dog-paddling through her twenties, Snellings resisted financial bailouts (for the most part) from her sweet Southern mother and business-oriented dad, while pondering her peculiar position as a human art installation. Was she a piece of art or a piece of ass? Was she allowed to read both Walt Whitman and US Weekly as she lounged in an oversized, waterless aquarium behind a hotel concierge desk? From misinterpreting a modeling agency interview as a talent audition, to avoiding Bond-girl-style deaths at New Year’s Eve parties, Snellings shares and laughs at her many mishaps while living in LA.
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BIO

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Lilibet Snellings was born in Georgia and raised in Connecticut. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MFA from the University of Southern California. For eight years she lived in Los Angeles, where she worked as a freelance writer, an on-camera reporter, a waitress, an extra in a Smirnoff Ice commercial, and a dead person in a music video. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, Anthem, Flaunt, and This Recording, among other publications. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband.

 

SELECTED WORKS

Anthem - Joseph Gordon-Levitt FLAUNT - CASEY AFFLECK

 

HUFFINGTON POST THIS RECORDING GOLF.COM

 

GOOD - LEFTOVERS FOR ALL KARMA MAG - PAUL OAKENFOLD

 

RL Magazine - Golf On The Edge Leigh Steinberg

 

INTERIORS - HORST & ARIANNA Flaunt - Book Review

 

 

PRESS

Early Praise for Box Girl

“One part Joan Didion, one part Holly Golightly, Lilibet Snellings has given us, in Box Girl, a hilarious and utterly original account of coming of age in L.A. Winsome, witty, and startlingly honest, she takes us on a mental journey that touches on feminism and fast food, voyeurism and advertising, going broke and breaking away. Delightful!”
– DANA GOODYEAR, The New Yorker

“A funny, whip-smart debut, Snellings’ exposé of herself and Los Angeles gives new meaning to the phrase ‘think inside the box.’”
– SANDRA TSING LOH, The Atlantic; host of NPR’s The Loh Down

“A self-effacing and wryly humorous young voice in the tenor of Sloan Crosley and Lena Dunham”
– BOOKLIST

“During an era when we’re all on virtual display, Snellings writes about coming of age while on literal display — and does so with great insight and heart.
– JANE BORDEN, author of I Totally Meant to Do That

 

Los Angeles Magazine | Now, Voyeur

 

The Hairpin | The Box Girls at the Standard Hotel

 

Harpers Bazaar | The Hot List: March 2014

 

Los Angeles Times | 'Box Girl' puts the art of survival on display

 

LA Weekly | A Girl in the Box at the Standard Hotel Speaks

 

A Woman Defined | A Conversation with Lilibet Snellings, the Author of 'Box Girl'

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

Friday, March 28th, 1-6 pm Book Signing at Petite Maison,100 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Sunday, April 13th 10:30 am LA Times Festival of Books
Panel: “Memoir: Live (And Laugh) Through This”
Moderator: Adrian Todd Zuniga
Panelists: Anna David, Annabelle Gurwitch, Lilibet Snellings, Pamela Ribon

Thursday April 10th, 4-6pm at Fix, 465 Highland Ave. Augusta, Georgia

Tuesday, April 15th 7:00pm Reading & Book Signing at Pages Bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

MEDIA

VIDEO

Lilibet Snellings reads from BOX GIRL at Skylight Books

AUDIO

Interview with Giles Brown from Talk Radio Europe

CONTACT

For media-related inquiries, readings, and events, contact Sharon Wu:
sharon.wu@counterpointpress.com

For book inquiries, contact Nicole Antonio:
nicole.antonio@counterpointpress.com

For other literary inquiries, contact Sally Wofford-Girand at Union Literary:
swg@unionliterary.com

To reach the author…
lilibetsnellings@gmail.com