Salina Public Library is excited to announce a series of Author Talks slated to begin next month. The online discussions will feature New York Times Best Selling authors and a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, and will run through 2022. Registration to these talks are free and people are invited to submit questions for the authors to answer.

The first Author Talk is set for July 7 at 8 p.m. with New York Times Best Selling author and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, Alka Joshi. Joshi was born in India and immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, and published her debut novel, “The Henna Artist,” at the age of 62. In this interview, Alka will share her inspirations for her work, how her mother’s life story has influenced her writing, and her experience and role in the creation of a Netflix series based on her books.

“We’re absolutely thrilled we’re able to bring such distinguished authors to Salina for these virtual talks,” Stefanie Knopp, Head of Information Services, said. “Their experiences and the stories they will share will certainly make for fun and lively discussions.”

More information on upcoming Author Talks, including dates and times, can be found on the library’s website. Patrons with questions can also contact Stefanie Knopp at (785) 825-4624, ext. 224, or by emailing