Cara Black & Alka Joshi – Authors
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Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.
Her love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school, where Cara first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary. Her junior year in high school, she wrote him a fan letter—which he answered, and which inspired her to make her first trip to Paris, where her idol took her out for coffee and a cigar. Since then, she has been to Paris many, many times. On each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history.
Cara will speak about her books and obsession with the second World War 2 and her latest historical thriller, Night Flight to Paris.
Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka Joshi 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. She ran her own advertising and PR agency for 30 years. 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.
Alka will be talking about all three books in the series at Après-Midi.
For decades, Alka wrote advertising commercials and marketing copy. It was her husband who urged her to try fiction. He encouraged taking evening workshops, which she really enjoyed. When she enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the age of 51, her instructors were so generous with their praise that she began to feel like a semi-serious writer. It wasn’t until Alka’s literary agent notified her that MIRA Books, a division of Harper Collins, had sent a really good contract that she realized she’d become an author!