BookMonster hosts a reading and conversation with Kayla Rae Whitaker, author of the "The Animators" (Random House January 2017). Called “unusual and appealing” by The New York Times and hailed as “a dazzling debut filled with smart women” by The Guardian, “The Animators” has been featured in Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, O: The Oprah Magazine, People, and has been named a Best Book of the Year So Far by Bookriot and Entertainment Weekly. Whitaker, who was featured on Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2017 Writers to Watch list, will be on hand to sign books, and will be running a giveaway with A MYSTERIOUS SECRET ANIMATORS PRIZE THE LIKES OF WHICH YE HAVE NEVER SEEN! Event is free.
When Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses meet in a college art class, they make a strange pair - Sharon the insecure, introverted yin to Mel's flamboyant, hard-partying yang. Their bond, however, is immediate. They spend the following decade struggling, making cult animated cartoons infamous for containing material closely based on the lives of the artists. But as the pair celebrates the release of their first full-length feature, Nashville Combat, their partnership turns a corner, the weary Sharon chafing under the pressure of Mel’s increasingly out-of-control substance abuse. A sudden emergency brings them closer together, and back to Sharon’s home state of Kentucky, where they encounter Sharon’s past in the form of her childhood best friend, Teddy - and a secret that threatens to rip them apart.
A story of female ambition, friendship, and the costs of revising the past, THE ANIMATORS asks the question: can you ever really know another person's heart?
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