CapRadio Reads: "The Henna Artist" by Alka Joshi

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Join CapRadio Host Donna Apidone for a virtual author interview with Alka Joshi on her book "The Henna Artist."

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Join CapRadio and host Donna Apidone for a virtual author interview with Alka Joshi on her New York Times Bestseller "The Henna Artist."

Following the author interview, there will be a live Q/A chat period to pose your questions to Donna Apidone and author.

Registered guests will receive a streaming link closer to event date. The book can be purchased at or from your favorite local bookseller. 

About the Book:

Joshi takes readers to 1950's India, where 17-year-old Lakshmi escapes an arranged and abusive marriage to start a new life in Jaipur as a henna artist — and confidante — to the city's upper-caste elite women. In this complex society, she must work cautiously to build and protect her reputation from the "gossip-eaters" who spread humiliation like oil.

After years of surviving on her wits and talents, her careful work is suddenly at risk when her estranged husband tracks her down with a young girl in tow — a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Her sister, both passionate and reckless, threatens everything Lakshmi has worked so hard for and forces her to re-evaluate what she finds important. Joshi shares an eloquent story felt by many of the delicate balancing act of self-discovery and family love.

About the Author:

Alka Joshi was born in Rajasthan, India, before her family immigrated to America in 1967. After running an advertising and marketing agency for 30 years, Joshi found herself inspired to write her debut novel after questioning how her mother's life would have been different if she hadn't had an arranged marriage at 18. Wanting to give her mother life without all of the cultural restrictions that she was forced to observe and give to her back her decision-making power, Joshi spent ten years writing her debut novel.

About CapRadio Reads:

CapRadio Reads has gone virtual. In these times, we hope to connect with you no matter from where you tune in. Our virtual events are free and open to the public. Events like these are made possible by our members. Broadcast Level and up continue to have first access to our Reads events. If you're interested in becoming a member, contact us at Member Support (

Hosted by CapRadio host Donna Apidone, these author interviews are a fun and unique experience for book lovers. Interviews are recorded and shared with our radio audience online at or search your favorite podcast provider for "CapRadio Reads."

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