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:

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

2.  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.

3.  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.

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

5.  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.