|photo by Brigitte Lacombe|
|Activist and author Eve Ensler will be in town on Wednesday, May 8.|
"How to describe Rochester, Minnesota?" Eve Ensler asks in one chapter of her new memoir, In the Body of the World
. "It is essentially cancer town."
Cancer is what brought Ensler, founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising
and author of The Vagina Monologues
, to Rochester. Hers struck in an ironic place for an internationally renowned feminist activist: her uterus.
Ensler says that prior to her diagnosis her body was a nuisance, something that required upkeep so that she could do her work. But as she fought cancer and infection, endured nine-hour surgery, lost weight, and shaved her head, Ensler reconnected with the physical. "By the end of chemo," she writes in In the Body of the World
, "I felt like the darkness I had carried around most of my life had lifted."
Ensler will speak about her book and her work at Macalester College on Wednesday in an event co-sponsored by Common Good Books and the Minnesota Women's Press. We talked with Ensler the day that In the Body of the World