Author Event: Kendall Kulper & Sara Farizan

****Now to include an in conversation discussion with fellow YA author Sara Farizan

Join us for a thrilling evening with bestselling local YA author, Kendall Kulper reading from her new book, A Starlet's Secret to a Sensational Afterlife. Kendall will be bringing her own special swag and one lucky attendee will win a highly limited STARLET tote bag!!

ALSO, Order a copy of A STARLET’S SECRET through Trident for special book swag and a chance to win a special edition painted copy from the author! Click here to preorder!

Food and drinks will be available to order through the café. All ages are welcome!


A budding starlet and her handsome-but-moody co-star go from bitter enemies to reluctant partners when they get tangled up in the disappearance of a beautiful young actress in 1930s Hollywood.

This whi- smart, seductive caper by the author of Murder for the Modern Girl has the perfect combination of romance, vengeance, and a hint of the supernatural, set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Hand to fans of These Violent Delights and My Lady Jane.

Eighteen-year-old Henrietta arrives in Los Angeles in 1934 with dreams of trading her boring life for stardom. She’s determined to make it as an actress, despite her family’s doubts and rumors of would-be starlets gone missing. And by the skin of her teeth, she pulls it off! A serendipitous job offer arrives and Henrietta finds herself on a whirlwind publicity tour for a major film role—with a vexingly unpleasant actor tapped by the studio to be her fake boyfriend. But fierce Henrietta has more in common with brooding Declan than she realizes. They both have gifts that they are hiding, for fear of being labeled strange: he is immune to injury and she can speak to ghosts. When the co-stars get tangled up in the disappearance of a beautiful young actress, they go from bitter enemies and pretend lovers to reluctant partners—and possibly even friends.Together, they might be the only people in Hollywood who can do something about these poor missing girls. And in doing so . . . they might just fall in love for real.




"This fast-paced mystery twists and turns, providing snippets of real 1934 history to bring the story to life. . . . the snappy dialogue and a humdinger of a final plot twist offer a satisfying read. . . . An exciting ­addition to any high school mystery or historical fiction collection."—School Library Journal


"Kulper returns with another gripping mystery novel that also features romance and action among the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. Readers will find familiar themes of harassment in Hollywood, hearkening to modern-day issues such as the #MeToo movement. The mystery component keeps the pages turning as the two main characters grow closer and work toward a resolution."—Booklist


"Kulper delivers an action-packed mystery replete with witty dialogue and buoyed by an ardent, slow-burn romance that enthralls while spotlighting Hollywood’s long history of abusing, commodifying, and discarding women."—Publishers Weekly


"Full of high-stakes tension, this exploration of what happens when powerful men don’t get what they want will resonate with ongoing conversations about women’s vulnerability in the entertainment industry. Refreshingly, Henny is no damsel in distress, and the simmering enemies-to-lovers romance with Declan, whose hard exterior disguises a heart of gold, is rewarding. . . . An atmospheric page-turner with real-world resonance."—Kirkus Reviews



Kendall Kulper is an author living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She writes historical fantasy for young adults, including Murder for the Modern Girl, which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and received two starred reviews. She graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in History & Literature and lives with her husband, two daughters, and much-Instagrammed dog, Abby.



Sara Farizan (she/her) watches ‘90s cartoons and ‘80s commercials to relax and loves pinball but is wary of certain games. She is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of the young adult novels Here to Stay, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and the Lambda Literary award-winning If You Could Be Mine, which was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Her recent novel Dead Flip is her favorite book she’s written. She has short stories in the anthologies Fresh Ink, All Out, The Radical Element, Hungry Hearts, Come On In, and Fools in Love. She also had a dream come true in writing a DC Comics middle-grade graphic novel, My Buddy, Killer Croc. She lives in Massachusetts and thanks you for reading her work.


Event date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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