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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. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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