Best-Selling Author of The Henna Artist, Alka Joshi, to Sign Books and Discuss her Latest Novel at PG Art Center

New York Times Best-Selling Author of “The Henna Artist”, Alka Joshi, to Sign Books and Discuss her Latest Novel, “The Secret Keeper of Jaipur”, at the Pacific Grove Art Center on Saturday, August 14, 2021

August, 2021. Pacific Grove, CA.  Alka Joshi, New York Times best-selling author of The Henna Artist, is coming to the Pacific Grove Art Center, located at 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, to do a book signing and talk on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.  

Complimentary Chai Tea and Macarons prepared by Catering by Carmen Nazar will be available for attendees.   Henna artist, Silvana Piga,will be on site  to do henna for attendees if desired from 12 noon to 1:30pm. BookWorks Pacific Grove will sell books at the event.

Joshi will discuss her latest novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, the sequel to her first book, The Henna Artist, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection. Joshi’s rich and colorful story telling of life in India in the 1950s, just after the British left, shares a unique and fascinating glimpse of this treasured country.

The Henna Artist became an international bestseller and was immediately optioned as a TV series. Slated to be an “Indian Downton Abbey,” the series will star Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, The Path, Mira, Royal Detective), who is co-producing with Miramax TV and the Michael Edelstein Company.

“Alka has crafted a beautiful story of independence, family, heartbreak and success, led by a captivating heroine with an indomitable spirit, and we are very excited to collaborate with Alka, Michael and Freida to bring this extraordinary journey to the screen,” Miramax head of worldwide television Marc Helwig said in a statement. 

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About Alka Joshi

Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She ran her own advertising and PR agency for 30 years. MIRA Books, a division of Harper Collins, released The Henna Artist in March, 2020. The first sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, was released June 22, 2021. Currently, she is working on the third book of The Jaipur Trilogy, which will be released in 2023, around the time the TV series will be in production.    

In addition to writing books, Alka also shares writing tips on her YouTube Channel:

Joshi explains, “For decades, I wrote advertising commercials and marketing copy. It was my husband who urged me to try fiction. He encouraged me to take evening workshops, which I really enjoyed. When I enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the age of 51, my instructors were so generous with their praise that I began to feel like a semi-serious writer. It wasn’t until my literary agent notified me that MIRA Books, a division of Harper Collins, had sent a really good contract that I realized I’d become an author!”

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