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One Book, One Henderson 2024

A Good Book Brings a Community Together

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Do you love book clubs? Here's one for our entire community! Join Henderson Libraries, the City of Henderson, and your fellow booklovers as we read and discuss The Henna Artist, the acclaimed novel by Alka Joshi
Copies are available at our libraries and can be also accessed online. Read the book and then come to our in-person Author Visit with Alka Joshi on Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30pm at the Henderson Multigenerational Center

What is this book about?
Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…
Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman's struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.
Published in March 2020, Joshi's debut novel was a New York Times Best Seller and a Reese Witherspoon book club pick that has been translated into 29 languages. This book is Part 1 of the Jaipur Trilogy series. 

Where can I find the book online?
The ebook and audiobook are available from Hoopla and Libby. Log in with your library account to download and start reading!
When can I meet Alka Joshi?
Our Author Visit with Alka Joshi will be on Wednesday, July 24th, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Henderson Multigenerational Center (250 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89012). You can bring your own book to get signed or purchase a copy that evening. 

What else are you offering?
We've scheduled a variety of fun and interesting programs inspired by the book!

The Art of Henna Tattoos featuring Chetna Sutaria (2 sessions each day; registration required)
  • Saturday, June 8 at 10:30am and 11:30am – West Henderson Library 
  • Tuesday, June 25 – Take-home kits available at the West Henderson Library, while supplies last
  • Saturday, July 13 at 1pm and 2pm – Paseo Verde Library
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 4pm and 5pm – Gibson Library
  • Saturday, July 27 at 2pm and 3pm – Green Valley Library
Garam Masala Spice World Kit
  • Monday, June 10 – Available at all Henderson Libraries locations, while supplies last
Diya Craft 
Book Club Discussions
Intro to Indian Classical Music featuring Sandip Thanki

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