After only a month, Mallory O’Meara’s debut book is a runaway bestseller. The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters. The story should be popular with film buffs, biography fans, and anyone who wants to see credit given where credit is due. As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.
Mallory is also a screenwriter and a film producer for Dark Dunes Productions, and hosts the literary 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.
Author autographs are free. You may bring your own or buy copies at show and have them sign it at one of our 10 Author Booths in Merchant Mesa near the Upper-F entrance during their posted signing times.