Kayla Cottingham with Christine Lynn Herman, My Dearest Darkest [Cambridge]

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome local author Kayla Cottingham for her debut, My Dearest Darkest, described by Booklist as "atmospheric, spine-tingling horror-romance"! Kayla will be in conversation with Christine Lynn Herman, New York Times bestselling author of All of Us VillainsThis event will take place in-person at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm. Socially distanced seating will be provided and space will be limited, so please RSVP below to reserve your spot.

Kayla will be signing books at the event, so be sure to pre-order your copy here. Additional copies will be available for purchase at the event!

Wilder Girls meets The Craft in this Sapphic horror debut that asks: what price would you be willing to pay to achieve your deepest desires?

Finch Chamberlin is the newest transfer student to the ultra-competitive Ulalume Academy... but she's also not what she seems. Months before school started, Finch and her parents got into an accident that should have left her dead at the bottom of the river. But something monstrous, and ancient, and terrifying, wouldn't let her drown. Finch doesn't know why she woke up after her heart stopped, but since dying she's felt a constant pull from the school and the surrounding town of Rainwater, like something on the island is calling to her.

Selena St. Clair sees right through Finch, and she knows something is seriously wrong with her. But despite Selena's suspicion, she feels drawn to Finch and has a sinking feeling that from now on the two will be inexplicably linked to one another.

One night Finch, Selena, and her friends accidentally summon a carnivorous creature of immense power in the depths of the school. It promises to grant every desire the girls have kept locked away in their insecure hearts—beauty, power, adoration—in exchange for a price: human body parts. But as the cost of their wanting becomes more deadly, Finch and Selena must learn to work together to stop the horror they unleashed, before it consumes the entire island.

Kayla Cottingham is a YA author and librarian. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Kayla lives just outside of Boston where she loves to go hiking in the woods, pet any and all dogs, and play RPGs. She is passionate about connecting young people with books featuring diverse voices so they can see themselves and their communities represented on the page. My Dearest Darkest is her debut novel.

Christine Lynn Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels about magic, monsters, and growing up, including the Devouring Gray duology and All of Us Villains. Writing updates (and cat pictures) can be found on Instagram @christineexists or at christinelynnherman.com.

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

RSVP Form: 

RSVP to Attend Kayla Cottingham with Christine Lynn Herman [Cambridge]

Interested in joining our in-person event on 3/29 with Kayla Cottingham with Christine Lynn Herman? Please RSVP here to reserve your spot!

Attendees should note the following in-person event guidelines:

-Attendees must wear a mask at all times during the event.

-Proof of vaccination must be shown upon arrival at the event (a vaccination card, online vaccination record, or photo of your vaccine card are all fine - please have this handy, as well as a form of ID, as we check you in).

-Distanced seating will be provided. Porter Square Books will be open all day so feel free to come early to browse, but you’ll be able to take your seats starting at 6:45 pm. The talk will begin at 7pm, and conclude at 8pm. A signing line will follow the talk.

We thank you for respecting the safety of our community and staff by following these guidelines. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at catherine@portersquarebooks.com

Thanks so much for your support  - we truly can’t wait to host you!