Ms. Sedaris did not disappoint. She entertained, improvised, performed several of her old characters (even Piglet with her nose taped up), demonstrated a craft lesson on making twist-ties (since they're so darn expensive), answered every question from the audience (including "Would you rather eat a dreadlock or puppy meat?"... only in Asheville... she said, "puppy meat," in case you're wondering) and explained to us that crafts are for ugly people.
My cousin Janet and I had great seats, front and center. In fact, we ended up sitting right next to a woman who grew up with Amy in Raleigh, NC. While we waited in line for our books to be signed, the woman shared stories from their childhood and told us that Amy was just the same back then. "I guess you just are who you are," she said. Ain't it the truth.
When I finally got to the front of the line for the book signing, I sheepishly handed her some Not Made In China swag ("make stuff not war" and "I got my pork pulled in North Carolina"). I was mildly star struck - but I think she said "Oh, that one's funny!" and pointed to the pork button.
Here's what she wrote on my dedication page:
"Nikki, - Stripper name -
Thank you for the buttons!
~ Amy Sedaris."