Wordfest Presents Alka Joshi (The Henna Artist)
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
If you love books with strong female characters, daring escapes, and surprising twists, you won’t want to miss the debut novel, The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. This event will feature an on-stage interview, followed by a Q&A, and book signing.
About The Henna Artist
Escaping from an arranged and abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone from her 1950s rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. Once there, she becomes the henna artist – and confidante – to the wealthy women of the upper class. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the tradition and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark, and cruel.
“[An] eloquent debut…Joshi’s evocative descriptions capture India’s sensory ambience... Drawing readers deep into her moving story. Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.” — Publishers Weekly
About Alka Joshi
Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts and runs an advertising and marketing agency. She has lived in France and Italy and currently lives in Pacific Grove, California with her husband.
Books will be available for purchase at the event by local bookseller, Owl's Nest Books.
If you want to purchase the book in advance: