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Kayla Rae Whitaker’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Lenny, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, and others. The Animators was named a best debut novel of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and a best book of 2017 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and New York University. After many years of living in Brooklyn, she returned to Kentucky, her home state, in 2016.

Read an exclusive interview with Kayla and Random House editor Caitlin McKenna.