Meeting Anna Akana at The Last Bookstore

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

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This was originally posted on August 16, 2017.

So this happened two months ago but I went to The Last Bookstore for a book signing with Anna Akana for a new book she recently published:

The event was going to be around 7 pm but I got there earlier than expected despite the fact there was traffic on the way there. I bought her book before the signing at around 5:30 pm and hung out at Grand Central Market for a bit with a friend. We wanted to be there early so we could get some seating. However, the problem wasn’t that everybody took all the free seats when we got there. It WAS PACKED with fans!

It was pretty hot inside The Last Bookstore but what do you expect? It’s LA. It’s typically hot over there in the summer. So I waited for about 15-20 minutes while another guy and I were setting up our DSLRs to record Anna Akana reading excerpts from her book.

So she finally arrived, greeted all of us in front, asked if there were any couples in the room, and congratulated a lesbian couple on their engagement when they spoke up. She started to do a bit of stand-up comedy, such as the fact that she said she got pregnant at age 21 but got an abortion instead because she wasn’t ready to become a MILF, and proceeded to read two different chapters from her book.

Anna then started to read poems that she wrote herself and I’m not sure if she’s going to be reading them again to the internet anytime soon. I don’t know. All I remember is that her poetry sounded like raps (rap is poetry in a way as said from my 11th grade English teacher), and my favorite poem of hers was called Stitches.

Anna’s whole presentation lasted for about an hour and an half. The book signing started immediately right after but the wait was terribly long for her to get started for Anna to sign books. Although the staff at The Last Bookstore said no pictures were allowed with Anna so that she could focus on signing off everyone’s book, she was pretty chill about it instead and everybody took pictures with her.

I finished reading her book about a week later and I have to say, most of the things I read were things I’ve already learned from experience. But it’s definitely a good read. Teaches you on what kinds of things to avoid and how Anna overcame her adversaries earlier in her life. I wish I could add on more to her book but I can’t. At least not right now but soon.

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