LOCAL VOICE AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE...
Sophia Nesamoney, a junior at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, will be at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, to raise awareness and funding for women's health programs in India with the launch her newest book, "The Other Side of the Bridge." The book follows Varsha Wilson, an aspiring American journalist who returns to her birth town in India during an overseas assignment. While there, she discovers a hidden world of child marriage, human trafficking and violence against women. Nesamoney said the story was sparked by her own travels to India. The 17-year-old author was recently awarded the Katherine Hass Fellowship for Empathy, Exploration and Inclusion for her commitment to amplifying the voices of Indian women. Book proceeds from the event at Linden Tree Books (265 State St., Los Altos) will support the maternal and newborn health program (MANSI) of the America India Foundation. For more information, go to younginklings.org/bridge-sophia-nesamoney.
'BROKEN WINGS' AUTHOR RELEASES NEW NOVEL...Palo Alto resident Sejal Badani, the author of best-selling novel and Goodreads Fiction Award finalist "Trail of Broken Wings," will release her newest novel "The Storyteller's Secret" on Saturday, Sept. 1. Based on the tragic life of her own grandmother, Badani's new historical novel follows two generations of women — from 1930s British-occupied India to present-day — who embark on journeys to discover their strength and authentic selves within the exotic locales, traditions and complex history of India. The Kindle edition of "The Storyteller's Secret" was released ahead of the September on-sale date for the hardcover. It is currently No. 1 on the Amazon Bestseller lists for Kindle, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Literary, Family Life and Cultural Heritage.
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