Join Jen Spyra on her virtual book tour!

Skylight Books: July 6th at 7:30 pm EDT

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures: July 21st at 6pm EDT

An Evening of Humorous Readings Celebrates Jen Spyra's New Book "Big Time": April 2 at 8 pm EDT streaming live through the @TheSquirrelNYC

E Shaver, Bookseller: March 22 at 7pm EDT in conversation with The Late Show Head Writers Jay Katsir and Ariel Dumas

Parnassus Books: March 18 at 6pm CT in conversation with Catherine Cohen

The Book Lady: March 17 at 7pm EDT in conversation with Patricia Lockwood

The Strand: March 16 at 7pm EDT in conversation with Mike Sacks

A Great Week for Women Presents a Night with "Big Time" Author Jen Spyra, and Special Guests: March 13th at 8 pm EDT


“Jen Spyra’s stories are shocking, silly, smart, and absurdly funny. Underline both those words, I don’t care how much it costs!”—Tina Fey

“When I first met Jen, I thought she was a deeply funny, normal woman. After reading her hilarious book of stories, I see she is even funnier than I thought, though exponentially less normal. It’s a pretty good trade-off.”—Mindy Kaling

“Jen Spyra’s book, Big Time, made me laugh out loud, over and over again. After a while, the feeling became physically unpleasant. There was something invasive about it, like I was being tickled by a giant. Hilarious, confident, and brutal, Spyra is one of my favorite humor writers working today.”—Simon Rich

“Jen Spyra is like a hotel bed: at first glance tidy and cheerful, but shine a black light on that thing and—dear god! This book confirms what I’ve known about Jen since her first days at The Late Show: she’s delightful and disturbing, and she really makes me laugh.”—Stephen Colbert

“Every once in a while, a new writer bursts on the scene, which makes a disgusting mess. But other times, a hilarious writer like Jen Spyra comes along with a fabulous collection of brilliantly funny, dark stories.”—Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts

“[Spyra] displays her audacious comedic prowess in this spicy and woke debut story collection that delivers the perfect blend of stinging satire and salacious mirth. . . . In each of these fourteen stories, Spyra draws out the humanity of the characters who are blissfully unaware that they are wading through a depressing and cruel reality topped with a layer of wokeism in tales that are ebullient, memorable, and oh so entertaining.”Booklist (starred review)

Jen Spyra

Jen Spyra
Photo: © Mackenzie Stroh

Jen Spyra is a former staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and, before that, The Onion. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City. Big Time is her first book.

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