My Schedule


    Tuesday, March 15, 2011
    Racine - Kenosha English Festival at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    at the Monona Terrace WI Educational Media and Technolgy Association (WEMTA) Author Fair

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011
    Author visit Washington Jr. High School
    2010 Division Street, Manitowoc, WI

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011
    12:00 to 1:00 PM

    at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI

    Thursday, July 28, 2011
    10:30 to 11:30

    at the Baraboo Public Library
    230 South Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913


    March 11, 2006
    Guest speaker at the symposium sponsored by American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)
    200 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago IL 60606

    April 8, Saturday (7:00 PM)
    Radio Interview, Wisconsin Public Radio
    HIGHER GROUND with Jonathan Overby

    April 12, 2006
    Author Visit
    Barnes & Noble
    1451, Coralridge Ave
    Coralville, Iowa 52241

    April 18, 2006 (7:00 PM)
    Book Launching of Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    West Towne Mall
    7433 Mineral Point Road
    Madison, WI 53717

    May 2, 2006 (7:00 PM)
    Author Visit
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    East Towne Mall
    #1 East Towne Mall
    Madison, WI 53704

    May 6, 2006, (1:00-3:00 PM)
    Author Visit
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    Fox River Commons
    4705 West Grande Market Drive
    Grand Chute, WI 54915

    May 12, 2006 (11:00 AM)
    Author Visit
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    Mayfair Mall
    2500 N. Mayfair Rd Suite 196
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226

    May 13, 2006 at (1:00 PM)
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    Brookfield Mall
    Brookfield Square Mall
    95 N. Moorland Road Unit C-1 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-796-8550

    June 3, 2006 (3:00-3:30 PM)
    Young Adult Interactive program
    Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair
    Chicago, IL

    June 21, 2006 (8:30-9:00 PM)
    Reading from my novel
    Mount Mary College
    Milwaukee, WI

    September 21, 2006
    Bettendorf Public Library
    Bettendorf, Iowa

    • 1:30-2:15 p.m. - share Indian culture with seniors
    • 4:15-5:00 p.m. - discuss BLUE JASMINE with 4th through 8th graders
    • 7:00-7:45 p.m. - read from my upcoming picture book MY DADIMA WEARS A SARI

    September 22, 2006
    Discuss BLUE JASMINE
    Rivermont Collegiate
    1821 Sunset Drive
    Bettendorf, Iowa

    September 30, 2006 (10:00 A.M.)
    Educators Appreciation Week
    Book signing
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    East Towne Mall
    Madison, WI

    October 4, 2006 (Morning)
    Indian Creek Elementary
    Marion, Iowa 52302

    October 4, 2006 (Afternoon)
    Carpenter Elementary
    Monticello Schools
    Monticello, Iowa

    October 4, 2006
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    Cedar Rapids
    Northland Square SC
    333 Collins Rd NE Bldg 1
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

    October 5, 2006 (4:00 PM)
    Des Moines Public Library
    1000 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    October 6, 2006
    9:00 and 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
    Iowa Public Television
    6450 Corporate Drive
    Johnston IA 50131

    October 7, 2006
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    4550 University Avenue
    West Des Moines, IA 50266

    October 22, 2006 (1:30 PM)
    Wisconsin Book Festival
    A Room of One's Own Bookstore
    307 W. Johnson St.
    Madison WI 53703

    November 7, 2006 (10:30 AM -11:15 AM, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, 6:30-7:15 PM)
    Monona Public Library, 1000, Nichols Road, Monona, Wisconsin
    (608) 222-6127

    November 14, 2006 (6:00 PM)
    Middleton Public Library National Children's Book Celebration 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562 608-827-7411

    November 17, 2006
    NCTE Gaylord Opryland Convention Center Hotel
    9:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Author talk;
    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Book signing
    (608) 222-6127

    Wisconsin Educational Media Association 2007 Spring Conference
    Monona Terrace Convention Center
    Madison, WI
    March 25-26, 2007


    • Author Fair Book signing
      Sunday, March 25th
      4:00 - 6:00 P.M.
      Grand Terrace
    • Not Lost in Translation
      Kashmira Sheth, Spotlight Author

      Monday, March 26
      11:00 AM - Noon
      Hall of Ideas Room H
    • Importance of Growing Diversity
      Kashmira Sheth, Spotlight Author

      2:45-3:45 P.M.
      Grand Ballroom B
    • Kashmira Sheth, Spotlight Author
      4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
      Grand Ballroom B

    April 14, 2007
    11:30 A.M.
    Curious George Bookstore
    Harvard Square
    1 JFK Street
    Cambridge, MA

    2:00 PM
    Borders Bookstore
    Chestnut Hill, MA

    April 18, 2007
    7:00 P.M.
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    West Towne Mall
    7433 Mineral Point Road
    Madison, WI 53717

    May 5, 2007
    11:00 AM
    Barnes & Noble
    333 Collins Road NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

    3:00 PM
    1451 Coralridge Ave
    Coralville, Iowa 52241

    May 7, 2007
    Iowa Public TV (Two programs)

    May 8, 2007
    Gifted/Talented Education
    Des Moines Public Schools
    1800 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309-3382

    May 10, 2007
    Monticello School

    May 11, 2007
    7:00 PM
    Barnes & Noble
    1518 Flammang Drive
    Waterloo, IA 50702

    June 19, 2007
    2:00 PM
    Creativity Camp
    Picture book workshop for grades 1-6
    Barnes & Noble East
    East Towne Mall

    June 20, 2007
    2:00 PM
    My Dadima Wears a Sari reading and sari demonstration
    Author Kashmira Sheth reads her new picture book, with sari demonstration
    Barnes & Noble West
    7433 Mineral Point Rd.

    October 12, 2007
    7:00-8:00 PM
    Children's Museum

    October 12, 2007
    My Dadima Wears a Sari
    Reading and sari wrapping
    Madison Children’s Museum
    Wisconsin Book Festival

    October 14, 2007
    7:40 AM
    Author Interview
    NBC Channel 15

    October 14, 2007
    2:00-3:45 PM
    Reading and Book signing
    Room of One's Own
    Wisconsin Book Festival

    October 16, 2007
    12:30-2:00 PM
    Discussion on young adult novels
    Lakeview Branch Library
    2845 N. Sherman Ave.

    October 20, 2007
    1:30-4:30 PM
    Books Beyond Borders
    An International Children’ s Book Fair
    Collage of DuPage
    Rm. 1544
    425 Fawell Blvd
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

    November 13, 2007
    Lodi High School
    1100 Sauk Street
    Lodi, Wisconsin

    November 15, 2007
    7:00 PM
    Keeping Corner
    Book signing
    Barnes and Noble
    West Towne Mall
    7433 Mineral Point Road
    Madison, WI 53717

    November 17, 2007
    9:00 AM-4:30 PM
    Hefter Conference Center

    December 1, 2007
    Book signing
    Barnes and Noble East
    East Towne Mall
    Madison, WI 53704
    (608) 241-4695

    September 16, 2008 (7:00 PM)
    Book Launch of Monsoon Afternoon
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    West Towne Mall
    7433 Mineral Point Road
    Madison, WI 53717

    October 11, 2008
    8:00-10:00 AM
    Book Signing, Educator Appreciation Week
    Barnes and Noble West

    October 13-16, 2008
    Author Visit
    Stoughton School District

    October 14, 2008
    6:30-7:30 PM
    Book talk and signing
    Stoughton Public Library

    October 15, 2008
    6:30-8:00 PM
    Library: Alicia Ashman Branch
    Description:Author Kashmira Sheth presents an affectionate, sensitive story which provides a look into Indian life and the shared moments and memories that bind generations together. Learn to make the three different kinds of paper boats that are in her beautiful new picture book, Monsoon Afternoon.

    November 15 (Saturday)
    2:00 – 3:30pm
    NCSS Conference
    (November 14-16, 2008)
    George R. Brown Convention Ctr
    1001 Avenida de las Americas
    Houston, Texas 77010

    November 16 (Sunday)
    8:00 - 10:00am
    Presentation on the CBC - NCSS Panel
    Room 342D
    Other Authors on Panel: Avi and Richard Peck
    NCSS Conference
    (November 14-16, 2008)
    George R. Brown Convention Ctr
    1001 Avenida de las Americas
    Houston, Texas 77010

    November 17 (Monday)
    9:00 – 11:00am
    School Presentation
    Outley Elementary School
    Houston, TX

    February 23, 2009
    International Reading Association (IRA)
    West Convention Center
    Phoenix, AZ

    9:00am – 10:00am
    Autographing Session
    Convention Center
    Peachtree Booth #937

    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Autographing Session
    Convention Center
    Disney-Hyperion Booth #938

    2:00pm – 4:45pm
    Special Interest Group (SIG) Sessions
    Children's Literature and Reading—Multiple Pathways to Global Literacy: Breaking Boundaries with Literature
    Convention Center
    Room: N231A/B
    FELLOW PRESENTERS: Kadir Nelson, Nikki Grimes, Janelle Mathis, Cyndi Giorgis, April Bedford, Belinda Louie

    March 15, 2010
    Great Lakes Regional Conference
    3:25-4:25 in the Mendota Room
    Madison Marriott West Hotel
    1313 John Q. Hammonds Drive
    Middleton, WI 53562

    March 16, 2010
    4:40-5:40 PM
    Teacher education Building
    Room 267
    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    March 18, 2010
    7:00 PM
    Barnes and Noble West
    West Towne Mall
    7433 Mineral Point Road
    Madison, WI 53717

    April 22, 2010
    Teacher Education Building
    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    April 24, 2010
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031

    May 3-4, 2010
    Author visit
    Pulaski Community School District
    Pulaski, Wisconsin

    May 3, 2010
    5:00 PM
    Butterfly Books
    18 N. Broadway
    DePere, WI 54115

    Saturday, October 9, 2010
    1:00 PM
    Barnes and Noble, Green Bay
    Village of Ashwaubenon, 2498 Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI 54304, 920-490-1770

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
    9:00AM - 12:00 PM
    Read On Wisconsin
    Executive Residence
    99 Cambridge Road Madison, WI 53704

    Friday, November 19, 2010
    Lodi Primary School Author Visit

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anjli sharma

Thanks i might be going this summer acutally! i wanted to know is my dadima wears a sari a picture book for kids or not because i went ot the library and they said it was and cus im 14 i quess i was to young to read it Haha =) write bak bye

Kadiatou Diallo

Oh my god, I didnt read a book for 2 days in a longtime until today. koyal oak mango sweet is the best book that I read this year so far, I started reading it yeasterday and i finished it today. I had to look up the author and find out about her. your book is -saras. I cant wait to read your other books. I was really dessapointed when i realized that I read the last page, i yelled and asked my friend for the second one, but she told me, the book doesnt have a second volume to it. I love Jeeta's character because I can compare myself to her. keep doing wat u do, i thing they shoul make a movie about the book. im sorry i had to type a lot like a essay.

Atasha R.

I've finished reading Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet for the second time and have to say that it is simply marvelous! My parents are from Guyana, South America, and my ancestors are from India. I'm not sure what part of India exactly. It's nice to read about what might have been my life, had my ancestors decided to stay in India. I have two questions: 1) May you please recommend your favorite desi books? And, 2) will you ever write a sequel to Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet? The novel ended so abruptly, it would be nice to have a little epilogue or sequel.

kashmira Sheth

Hi Anjali,
My Dadima wear a Sari is a picture book. I do have three novels. I think you would enjoy Koyal Dark, mango Sweet and Keeping Corner. Write me back after your trip!

kashmira Sheth

Hi Kadiatou,

Saras is a good word! I'm glad you enjoyed Koyal Dark and wrote back. There are no more novels about Jeeta but I do have other books. Hope you enjoy them.

kashmira Sheth

Dear Atasha,

Thanks for writing to me. Have you visited India?
My favorite Desi author is Rohinton Mistry who writes for adults. I don't think I will write an a sequel to Koyal Dark. I think by the end of the year Jeeta was strong and confident enough to do what she wanted to do! She definitely won't give in to her mother's wishes. Do you agree?

ashlen smith

This was such a great book!! I had one question though, what did you mean the conflict of the whole story to be? Thanks!

kashmira Sheth

Ashlen, thanks for writing. I didn't start out with any preconceived idea. Jeeta's character is a strong and determined. In the end, I realized she wanted to follow a path of her own, question the traditions and was willing to stand up to her mother. So the story is about the inner growth of Jeeta and her outer conflict with her family and society.


Bansri Patel

Hi! I LOVED ur book! I had a quick question for u. Wat did u want ur main conflict to be? Is it Jeeta and her struggle with society? She likes Neel, but she doesn't want to go against her culture. Is this the main conflict? Thanks!!

kashmira Sheth

Hi Bansri,
Sorry somehow I missed your post.
To answer your question about the theme of Koyal Dark I want to say that I start with a character and a story. As the story progresses the theme takes shape. I think what you, as a reader, take from the story is more important.
Jeeta is a fighter who is trying to have her own independent identity and she does questions her mother's certain ideas and behavior.
I hope this helps!


oh my god i love this book i was thinking that you should try and make it in to a movie i would love it i would watch it over and over again love this book

am indain guyanese

kashmira Sheth

Hi Nadia,

I wish I could make movie out of this book, too. I think Jeeta's sharp tongue would make lively dialogues with a lot of conflict.
Thanks for writing.


This book is one of the best so far. I like how it wrtten and it seems reall story.

kashmira Sheth

Thanks! I hope you enjoy my other novels, Keeping Corner and Boys Without Names. They are both set in India.
Have you read novels by Mitali Perkins, Narinder Dhami and Marina Tamar Budhos?


I have read both Koyal Dark Mango Sweet and Blue Jasmine more than 10 times I love the way it is written.I like both book s but I enjoy reading Koyal Dark Mango Sweet more. because the topic of arrange marriage is so common in India. It remind me of India so much. the characters also fit so well. I also love how the Gujarati words make complete sense to me. You have done a great job.

kashmira Sheth

Hi Riya,

Wow! Ten times!I don't think I know anyone who has read my book that many times.
Thanks for writing and letting me know how much you enjoyed them. I have two more novel out, Keeping Corner and Boys Without Names. They depict serious subjects but both have hopeful endings. Hope you get a chance to read them.
what other books are your favorites?

Tory  Evans

I just finished Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet and I LOVED it. It was by far the best novel I've read in a long time!!! Apart from loving your book, I was just wondering that if you had to finish the sentence- this book is about......, and fill the blank in with the themes and the idea being presented in the novel, what would it be?
For an example of an answer from another novel, is in to kill a mocking bird the theme of that novel is seeing what its like to walk in someone else's shoes.
I really hope you can answer my question, once again I love your novel, it's brilliant!!

Thanks so much,

kashmira Sheth

Hi Tory,

I'm glad you enjoyed Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet. The theme of the book is the struggle between—tradition and modernity, past and present, old and young and trying to find a balance between them.
Thanks for writing,


Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet is a wonderful gift from my teacher, Ms. Anna. I did enjoyed the book. How male hegemony colonized female body, and how Jeeta decolonized it is a great way to see modern Indian Literature. Best of luck with ur writings.

kashmira Sheth

Thanks for writing, Linda. Glad you enjoyed Koyal Dark Mango Sweet!


really like that book
really awesome
but don't like the end
becuse i don't know

Kashmira Sheth


Sorry you didn't like the end. I wanted readers to think Jeeta had many options open. She was going to study, keep seeing Neel and help Mohini get through hard times.


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