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Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman
Event: Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman
When: Saturday, April 8, 7:00 pm
Where: Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
The Odyssey Bookshop and the Office of Student Programming at Mount Holyoke College are delighted to welcome Lindy West, winner of the Stranger Genius Award, to talk about Shrill, a New York Times Bestseller and a best book of the year according to NPR, Esquire, The LA Times, and Newsweek.
Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny. In Shrill, Lindy West explores how to survive in a cold, judgmental world and shares how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss and still walk away laughing. Ferociously witty and candid, Lindy West is a rare and bewitching talent whose body of work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience of prominent writers, press, booksellers, and men and women alike who are not afraid to hold an honest (and mostly unflattering) mirror up to our own culture.
From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.
Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.
Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for “This American Life” about confronting an Internet troll who impersonated her dead father and was half of the duo who initiated #shoutyourabortion, which landed her on the cover of The New York Times. She was named “Internet’s Most Fascinating 2015” by Cosmopolitan.com.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075