Oswego Reading Initiative

The Oswego Reading Initiative is an annual project asking the campus community to read one book over the summer. To accompany the selection, a series of programs, including cultural events and talks are planned to facilitate discussion and involvement around the title. 

ORI 2017 Selection

Shrill by Lindy West

We are pleased to announce to the campus community our Oswego Reading Initiative for 2017. The ORI committee has picked Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. The author Lindy West will visit the campus on October 11 this coming fall.

Lindy offers a compelling narrative about her life growing up as young girl trying to hide her big body and her even bigger opinions. As an adult, Lindy, is still fighting, now, against other comedians over their use of rape jokes and internet trolls harassing her for her ideas and her size. 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 columnist at The Guardian, a contributor to This American Life, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, 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 reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. Her first book, a memoir called Shrill, is out now from Hachette Books.” 

Author visit

We are proud to also announce that Lindy West will be on campus in the fall of 2017; her visit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  We have already planned for her to visit the Living Writers Series class at 3:00 pm and her main talk will be at 7:00 pm, with a book signing immediately afterward.