Join ANNIE KRABBENSCHMIDT in introducing the new book, Fred: An Unbecoming Woman, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza. Annie will be joined in the conversation by Carly Stern.
As she recounts the journey from the blissful non-committance of her "straight" origins, to falling in love, to her years spent (shockingly) alone, Annie Krabbenschmidt's debut book is both wickedly funny and heartbreaking. More autotheory than memoir, Fred deconstructs the institution of "womanhood," defying gender and genre.
Fred begins with a reckoning; narrator and author realizes that she is undoubtedly, inescapably gay. The first half of the book is a documentation about what it takes to accept ones sexuality, or even acknowledge it. Annie retells the story of going from unaware high school senior, to closeted lesbian, to deeply in love closeted lesbian. When she realizes that she is ready for love, she enlists friends to help her come out, as slowly and excruciatingly as possible.
Annie Krabbenschmidt (she/they) grew up in the bay area and obtained their undergraduate and masters degrees at Duke University. After a short stint in New York, she moved to Los Angeles to be closer to family, but not too close.