Pasadena Festival of Women Authors 2021 Alka Joshi

Author of The Henna Artist

Pasadena Festival of Women Authors 2021 Alka Joshi

Session Description

In February 2021, Alka Joshi, the author of The Henna Artist, joined members of the Author Selection Committee and Grantees of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors to share her journey and answer questions about her writing process. Author bio and graphics included.

Alka Joshi


Alka Joshi’s debut, The Henna Artist, was a New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick. The Henna Artist gives the reader a vivid, sensory-laden peek into the India of the 1950s as it follows a young woman running away from her abusive husband. She reinvents herself as a henna artist and keeper of the elite class’s secrets. However, all of her accomplishments are threatened with the surprise arrival of her blackmail-inclined husband and the sister she never knew she had.

Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. from 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 consulting firm. She has lived in France and Italy and currently lives in Pacific Grove, California. 

“Vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose create a satisfying, unforgettable tale.”Christian Science Monitor. “Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on.”Booklist. “Eloquent debut…moving… Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.” –Publishers Weekly.

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