Lindy West comes to Vancouver to talk about her new book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Lindy West comes to Vancouver to talk about her new book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Photo by Jenny Jimenez .

The Vancouver Writer’s Fest presents writer and feminist Lindy West in conversation with Marsha Lederman. Here are five reasons you should go:

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] West has been called “an essential (and hilarious) voice for women” by Lena Dunham, the creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The event marks West’s eagerly awaited literary debut with her first book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, having just been released in May.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] In Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, West shares her life through a series of essays, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is no longer an option.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] Witty and outspoken, you can expect West will tackle topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] Nora Caplan-Bricker from Slate had this to say about Shrill: “Her book is both sharp-toothed and fluid as it rips into period stigma and abortion stigma, sexism and fat-shaming. Though the book’s many shrewd insights sometimes feel strung together in a way that’s less than artful, they are always a pleasure to read.”

Lindy West appears at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street) on June 8. Visit http://writersfest.bc.ca for tickets and information.