On April 8, I was lucky enough (if “lucky” means “willing to wait for 3 hours”) to get a seat at the Tina Fey Bossypants event at the Union Square Barnes and Noble.
When I’m starstruck, I usually just can’t think about things like taking pictures or making recordings, but I did record most of the audio of the event (minus the first 10 minutes or so). Download and enjoy:
It was a thrill to be in her whip-smart yet adorable presence. When I went up to get my book signed, I was shaking and giddy.
She is cute and tiny in person, and her big brown eyes are warm and lovely. (Sorry; they didn’t let us take photos close up, and at that point I really was way too starstruck to sneak one — but @Girlports snagged a shot of Tina’s bi-curious shoes.)
I will say, however, that it was very obvious that Tina would have preferred to have been just about anywhere else. She’s made it clear that she thinks of herself as a writer first and a performer second, and that’s the vibe she gives off: “They’re making me do this. Please just go read the book.” That writer-ly shyness is one of the many things I love about her.
And you really should just go read the book! It’s a fantastic read, full of gems and insight and hilarity. Just like Tina Fey herself.