You've seen those "Employee Picks" racks at bookstores? Bookmarks is a new monthly WUKY new feature designed to get the full story on local booksellers' favorite new selections - and provide listeners with reading suggestions from the people who know books best in their own community.

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.

Author Aimee Zaring pairs the stories of Kentucky refugees with the recipes that remind them of home in Flavors From Home, now available in hardback and paperback. On this episode of Bookmarks, we chat with Aimee and one of the refugees featured in the book, Sarah Mbombo.

Author William Lynwood Montell crisscrossed Kentucky in search of the best ghost stories he could find, hoping to document the traditional oral tales handed down through the generations. Did they turn him into a believer? "As I tell people, I do not believe in ghosts, nor do I disbelieve," he says.

An eclectic talent, Kentucky writer Bianca Spriggs offers a glimpse into her writing process, varied inspirations, and forthcoming works of poetry in this interview with Kentucky Women Writers Conference director Julie Wrinn. Spriggs is set to teach a workshop on surrealism this year.

It's not every day one declines an award from the governor, but taking that stand has thrust the Lexington-based writers' collective known as the Affrilachian Poets into the political limelight in recent days. We sat down with co-founder Frank X Walker to discuss the decision, the fallout, and how he views the Affrilachian Poets' project 25 years on.

The worlds of science and magic go head-to-head in Delfy Hall's Nautilus Gold Award-winning debut novel The Warlock and the Wolf. Setting her story in the Dutch Golden Age, the Kentucky author tracks a scientist in training with a close kinship with animals as she unravels questions about her parents' death.

In this interview, Hall discusses the genesis of the book, how animals figure prominently in her world, and why you don't want electricity in your fantasy novel.

In this web-only installment of Bookmarks, we caught up with Wyn Morris of Morris Book Shop for some thoughts on the second Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday. We also chat about C.E. Morgan's The Sport of Kings, Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, and A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh.

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman set the literary world ablaze after its July release. On this segment, we chat with Morris Book Shop's Jay McCoy about the questions raised by the book and the different ways readers can approach the story.

In this installment, we chat with Kentucky Women Writers Conference director Julie Wrinn about two intriguing non-fiction titles - one dabbling in all manner of touchy topics and another focusing on the incomparable life of Jazz Age personality Henrietta Bingham.

On this episode, we chat with Morris Book Shop's own foodie, Brenda Marksbury, about her favorite Kentucky cookbooks.