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In October, Kent Memorial Library will be back with its popular “Books & Beyond“ series. We will be talking to NY Times bestselling author Alka Joshi about her latest book The Secret Keeper of Jaipur (sequel to The Henna Artist) on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. The Henna Artist was her first novel. Currently, she is working on the third book of the trilogy and a screen adaption of The Henna Artist.

In Alka’s intriguing new novel, Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik, now 20 years of age, has just met a young woman named Nimmi when he leaves to apprentice at the Jaipur Royal Palace. He soon finds that not much has changed in the Pink City of his childhood. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, and favors flow from Jaipur’s Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema’s balcony tragically collapses, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover the truth.

Joshi’s sensuous descriptions of food, local color, and Lakshmi’s art make this gorgeous sequel to The Henna Artist worth savoring.

Pick up your copy at Kent Memorial Library or check Hoopla for a digital copy.

Registration is required: or at 860-668-3896.

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