Oh, you could taste the excitement in the air leading up to the relatively-short notice that Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) was going to do a Toronto signing at Indigo Manulife. (The first -and only Canadian!- stop on the last leg of the Let’s Pretend This Never Happened tour!) I read & reviewed this book back in June and absolutely adored it. I must’ve read passages from it to various friends countless times!
After Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) convinced Christa (Hooked On Books) and I to film a quick “what’s your favourite book and why” segment for @indigogreenroom (Which, btw, it took me over 5 takes to do a 10 second spot. Ridiculous. This is why I did tech and not acting. So brutal. I even messed up a 6-word sentence that Christa thought of. Me = the worst.) We also bumped into Rhiannon (The Diary of A Bookworm), Sabrina (@vita_literature) as well as the Plummer gals (Epic blog coming soon from K & G!) and chatted while we snacked on the cookies that Jenn made – as @mountie9 has passed on the torch of bringing treats to book events.
Hosted by Liza Frommer (who I still remember as Kevin’s co-host on Breakfast Television years ago, and is now the host of Global’s The Morning Show), she introduced Jenny Lawson to a huge round of applause from the 400+ crowd that took over the bottom floor of Indigo. With a fantastic banter between Liza and Jenny, she got the chance to share more about her book and her life. She frets that her daughter Hayley wants to become a singer/dancer and that her little one thinks she’d be able to win Toddlers & Tiaras because she’s the nicest. Jenny also totally thinks it’s okay to stop and watch TV to cure writer’s block. (It refreshes your creative well!) and some fantastic advice that she was once given was that if you make something that nobody hates, nobody will love it either. How very profound and true. She believes she writes to “someone”… a fictional person, because if she dwells too much on all the readers, she’ll start worrying that someone won’t like it. In the end, the “someone” could very well be herself, and that’s the most important – to stay true to yourself and write for yourself.
Here’s a clip I took of The Bloggess talking about one of her most famous posts, Beyonce the metal chicken.
And then she regaled us with a reading from one of the funniest chapters from her book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I unfortunately didn’t get the full reading as my camera ran out of space (Didn’t realize she would be reading from the full chapter – but not like she really could cut any of it…!)
After the reading and a brief Q&A in which she explained her theory, as a zombie aficionado, why zombies need brains (because they’re basically mindless and just want brains to feel like part of the group – of course!) the book signing commenced. Thankfully we were up near the front, but the line-up snaked all around the store and I can only imagine how long it must have ended up being! I had the chance to tell her how the first page already got me. Her “seeing her doctor at Starbucks” story had me in stitches. Jenny’s response, she had to set the tone so people knew what they were getting into!
Many thanks to Penguin Canada, Chapters/Indigo,
Liza Frommer and the lovely and hilarious Jenny Lawson!