TAMPA (FOX 13) - Tampa may be home to the best one night stand of comedian Amy Schumer's life, or so she writes, but she's not quiet about her true feelings for the "horrendous" city in which it happened.
Her new book, "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo," went on sale last week. One need only get into the book a few pages before she calls out Tampa as "horrendous." "I was on the road doing a tour and traveling between two horrendous cities: Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Tampa, Florida..." writes Schumer. "I'm not scared about writing that and making those people mad, because I know for a fact that no one who lives there has ever read a book."
"JKJKJKJKJK, but kind of not K," she continues.
The snarky comments are a prelude to the tale of a one-night rendezvous with someone she met on the plane betwixt the two cities. "When you go between cities like those two, you get the pleasure of flying on the tiniest short bus in the sky, which for some reason is still called a plane," she writes.
Inkwood Books of south Tampa responded with equal snark to the passage on Facebook, writing: "Dear @AmySchumer Please help us sell the 4 copies of your book we ordered. Since you told everyone we don't read, we are now a small band of starving/thirsty booksellers in need of pizza and gin. We heard you will be in #HorrendousTampa in October. Would you consider a book signing?"
When asked about "horrendous Tampa," Mayor Bob Buckhorn responded, "Amy, get to know us. You're gonna love us. This is a great city with great people." He added, "And if you thought you had a great one night stand, just think of a whole city full of people like that."
As for that reading comment, we've confirmed that it's far from accurate. 652,000 people hold currently Hillsborough County Library cards. That's about 55% of the county's population. And, last year, Hillsborough County's was one of 25 libraries in the entire country that circulated over a million e-books just through one of its vendors.
"We circulate over 10 million items in a year and I'd say about 6 million of that is in print," said Renelda Sells, Manager of Technology and Collections.
In case you're wondering, all 16 copies of Amy Schumer's new book are checked out. "55 people are waiting and more are on order," Sells said. "I'd say people are reading and people are reading Amy's book."
Schumer comes to Tampa again Oct. 16 for a show at Amalie Arena. Inkwood Books hopes maybe she'll pop by while she's in town. The sign out front of the store now says,"Give us another chance? Love, the 3 people who read."