NWAA, KNKX 88.5fm & The Stranger present:
Lindy West & Samantha Irby
Sunday April 5, 2020
“Lindy West is the troll-fighting feminist warrior you’ve been waiting for…Shrill treats feminism, fatness and social change with rigorous attention without losing any of her signature humor.” —Los Angeles Times
“Samantha Irby … flits deftly from admirable candour and unvarnished confessionalism through to salty humour and frothy ramblings. If an assured and authentic conversationalist with a healthy disregard for TMI (too much information) is your speed, you’re very much in luck.” — The Irish Times
Two of the most dynamic women in the country — Lindy West and Samantha Irby — have become best of friends and kindred spirits. Now they join forces for an unforgettable night in Seattle with their brand-new show HEAVY FLOW. These critically acclaimed writers and essential cultural voices will lead a raucous conversation about womanhood, pop culture, body image and politics. Following their talk, audience members will be invited to ask questions and revel in the hilarity as Lindy and Samantha (self-described medium-successful idiots) dispense their brand of advice.
About the artists:
Lindy West is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (2016, Hachette Books) as well as the essay collection The Witches Are Coming (2019, Hachette Books). In 2018 she adapted Shrill as a half-hour comedy for Hulu, which is set to air its eagerly awaited second season beginning January 24, 2020. Her work has also appeared in This American Life, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, The Stranger, and others. She is the founder of I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the co-founder of the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion.
Hailed as an essential (and hilarious) voice for women, Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image.
West has rocked readers and listeners in work published everywhere from The Guardian to GQ to This American Life. She is a catalyst for a national conversation in a world where not all stories are created equal and not everybody is treated with equal respect. Shrill is comprised of a series of essays that bravely shares her life, 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 not an option for any of us.
Samantha Irby is a popular comedian, blogger, and author. In her blog bitches gotta eat Irby writes about her personal life, including an unvarnished description of the humor she has found in her race, weight, and sex life.
Her first book, Meaty, follows Irby through failed relationships, taco feasts, struggles with Crohn’s disease, poverty, blackness and body image. It is currently being adapted for television. She also wrote the critically-acclaimed fourth episode of Season 1 of Shrill (the pool party episode).
Samantha is the author of New Year, Same Trash and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, which quickly cracked the Top 10 on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Her newest release Wow, No Thank You will be published in April 2020. As a special benefit for attendees, this new book will be on sale at this Benaroya Hall event, before its official publication date.
A very limited number of VIP tickets are available. Each ticket will include a seat in the front four rows, center orchestra, and admission to a private meet-and-greet with Lindy and Sam immediately before the performance in the Mezzanine reception area of Benaroya Hall.
** This event will be interpreted with American Sign Language **