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Women Lit #UNBOUND Presents: Secrets and the Search for Self: Alka Joshi on The Henna Artist

April 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT


At 62, debut novelist Alka Joshi shattered literary glass ceilings with The Henna Artist, the “eloquent and moving” (Publishers Weekly) story of a 17-year-old girl who, after fleeing a dark past, finds herself a highly coveted henna artist (and secret confessor) to the wealthy upper-caste women of 1950s Jaipur.  A New York Times bestseller and instant book-club favorite, this tale lifts the veil on a rarefied, fascinating world, fraught with more intrigue and whisper campaigns than the court of Versailles, with a heroine whose shrewdness and vulnerability are poignantly relatable.  Said actress and bibliophile Reese Witherspoon, who chose it for her book club, The Henna Artist “captivated me from the first chapter to the final page.”

Women Lit is presenting this exciting first-time novelist and her hypnotic debut with the Sausalito Woman’s Club and Sausalito Books by the Bay for an exclusive, members-only opportunity. If you’re not yet a Women Lit member, sign up below and don’t miss your chance to ask Joshi about crafting a remarkable world, the surprise of taking the book world by storm with her first novel, and making compulsively readable literary magic.

Event Details

Each ticket includes private access to the event recording for 10 days following the live event. All copies will be shipped by Sausalito Books by the Bay starting April 6. Signed bookplate copies are limited and we can only accept book orders that ship within the United States.


April 8, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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