Writer Lindy West to speak

Writer Lindy West will speak at Mount Holyoke on April 8.

By Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17

When Lindy West, a writer, an editor, a performer, a feminist and a fat-acceptance activist, blasted standup comedians for their rape jokes, the response was angry and dramatic. One man went so far as to make heartless and cruel comments about her from a Twitter account he had created in her dead father’s name. West tracked him down and interviewed him for a piece she wrote that aired on “This American Life,” the radio program, in 2015.

As the co-founder of #ShoutYourAbortion, a Twitter campaign where women share their abortion experiences begun in response to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, West landed on the cover of The New York Times.

Now West, a GQ magazine writer and Guardian columnist, will speak at Mount Holyoke College about her recent memoir, “Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman.” The talk is slated for Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium.

The Washington Post called the book “an eloquent chronicle of the costs of activism,” with “beautiful, joyful writing” that is “acidly funny.” In addition to being a New York Times bestseller, in 2016 “Shrill” was named a best book of the year by National Public Radio, Esquire, the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek.

Currently based in Seattle, West focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor and body image. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Programs and the Odyssey Bookshop and copies of the book will be available for sale.