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The Last Bookstore is thrilled to present Mallory O'Meara and the paperback launch of The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and SCIBA 2019 award winner. This will be an in-conversation event, with special guest Sarah Gailey (Magic for Liars, When We Were Magic).

Join us to learn more about the "beauty behind the beast," Milicent Patrick who designed the Creature from The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but disappeared from Hollywood when a jealous male coworker took credit for her work.



O’Meara uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick – one of Disney's first female animators and the only woman to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters. It reads like a true-life detective story and is the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman and a forgotten feminist trailblazer. O'Meara discovers what really had happened to Milicent after The Creature's success, and where she went, while calling out a Hollywood culture (pre- and post- #MeToo) where little seems to have changed.

“Engaging and compelling.... a fierce and often very funny guide to the distaff side of geekdom.” —Los Angeles Times

“O'Meara's chatty, impassioned book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon, lifts Milicent Patrick out of the mire of obscurity. O'Meara is a dogged researcher and a fierce partisan…Patrick's story [has] resonances for today, when women in Hollywood still find themselves in the company of monsters.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR “Fresh Air”

“Like the creature, The Lady From the Black Lagoon is a hybrid — part biography, part memoir, part detective story and part #MeToo pushback against the film industry’s deep-rooted patriarchal tendencies, highlighted in revelations of sexually predatory behavior by male actors, directors and moguls.” —The Washington Post



Mallory O'Meara is an author, screenwriter and a genre film producer. Whether it's for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats. Mallory hosts the podcast Reading Glasses alongside filmmaker and actress Brea Grant. The weekly show is hosted by Maximum Fun and focuses on book culture and reader life.




“The Lady from the Black Lagoon describes the author's personal search for Patrick and is equal parts Hollywood history and detective story—and it's thrilling on both counts.” —Christian Science Monitor

"O'Meara's investigative skills match her crackling, engaging prose. Even her footnotes are hilarious. This is a wonderful, enlightening mixture of film history, memoir and love letter to the horror movie genre." —Shelf Awareness

“With a story as full of character and drama as any movie, once The Lady from the Black Lagoon has you in its grip, it won’t let go.” —The Mary Sue

“The Lady From the Black Lagoon restores Patrick to the pantheon of Hollywood trailblazers, where she belonged all along.” —Refinery29, Best Book of the Month Pick

“If you loved Hidden Figures, you’ll love this much-overdue biography of Disney’s first female animator, and Hollywood’s only woman (still) to design a monster for a major motion picture.” —Town and Country

“The Lady from the Black Lagoon is a marvel.” —Tor.com

"An incisive criticism of the erasure of women in Hollywood through the lens of the life and legacy of Milicent Patrick." —Bustle

“Captivating and exhaustively researched…This is a fascinating slice of Hollywood history with a feminist slant, correcting a sexist wrong from decades ago and restoring Patrick to her rightful place of esteem.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An idiosyncratic, much-needed biography of ‘a woman before her time’… Jam-packed with many funny, goofy footnotes, this passionately written biography will do much to bring Patrick the recognition she deserves.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There's never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Particularly timely in light of the #MeToo movement, this book is more than simply a tribute to a forgotten pioneer of special effects and makeup design, Milicent Patrick. … This engaging, forthright, and personal history of both the author and her muse will be a valuable addition to most libraries.” —Library Journal

“Fascinating…This is a book that O’Meara was born to write, and she seamlessly meshes her own life story with that of her heroine in a way similar to how Julie Powell paid tribute to Julia Child in Julie and Julia…Even if you’re not a fan of horror films, The Lady from the Black Lagoon is a riveting, sincere Hollywood saga that will quickly win your heart.” —BookPage (starred review)




When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey, author of Magic for Liars

Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn't change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781534432871

http://www.sarahgailey.com/books


Praise for Magic for Liars

"There’s something for almost all readers here....Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh-so-interesting" - Booklist (starred review)

"Clever and fast-paced...a wonderfully quirky mystery filled with inviting characters and gripping surprise twists." - Publishers Weekly

"A poignant and bittersweet family tragedy disguised as a mystery but with a magic all its own." - Kirkus

"Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut." - Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire.

“I loved Sarah Gailey's Magic for Liars…it broke my heart, and I longed for the world of this story anyway.” - Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians



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