The Henna Artist Book Launch

Alka Joshi Photo by Garry Bailey
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In conversation: Alka Joshi & Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Live Indian music & classical dance Free henna application

March 24, 2020
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The sights, sounds and fragrances of 1955 India come alive at this dramatic reading of The Henna Artist, a novel by local author Alka Joshi (Harper Collins/ Mira Book, March 2020). Including performances by sitar player Ernie Baber, kathak dancer Madhumita Mehrotra, and a conversation between authors Joshi and Vanessa Diffenbaugh (The Language of Flowers, Ballantine 2011). The two will discuss how to weave historic learnings into a compelling story and how we can use fiction to move social issues forward, such as the empowerment of girls and women in Rajasthan and a better foster care system in the United States. At the book signing, every attendee can get a free application of henna by a professional henna artist.

Co-sponsored by Harper Collins/Mira Books, Friends of Pacific Grove Library and OLLI. The event is free to the public.