Kayla Rae Whitaker’s highly-praised debut novel immerses readers into the world of artistic partnership. Two creative women meet in college, as each is crawling out from under the shadow of a harrowing home life. Drawing and animating become therapy and outlet for them. Tempting escapes and emotional gauntlets stay close at hand, threatening to wreck years of progress. Whitaker’s fine, brisk prose shows how those are difficult enough to navigate as captain of your own ship, but a talented partner can add in all of a muse and equal and competition and support and dead-weight. The author’s just returned to her Kentucky roots after a long stint of education and seasoning in New York, and she’s giving a reading/signing at Barnes & Noble.
Tuesday, Feb. 7Barnes & Noble
7 p.m. | Free