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Getting 'Animated' With Kayla Rae Whitaker

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A self-described cartoon fangirl from an early age, Kayla Rae Whitaker pencils that passion into her debut novel, The Animators. This week, she'll take on the role of teacher at a fiction workshop during the annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference. WUKY sat down with Kayla to discuss the lure of animation, how small town Kentucky helped shape her novel, and the hurdles women writers still face.

Online registration has ended, but attendees can register on site at The Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference runs Sept. 14-17.

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Author Kayla Rae Whitaker holds her debut novel, The Animators, at WUKY on August 25, 2017.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.