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



Hello Kashmira,
I just finished reading Boys Without Names in my International Children's Lit Class at UNM. I am planning to use it as a "teaching with the text" resource. Are you planning to do any teacher guided lessons for your book, or do you know anyone that is doing so? I am comfortable conducting my own objectives and lessons with the book, but I always like to know if the author has been involved in a curriculum design based off of their own text. Thanks!

kashmira Sheth

Thanks for writing, Brianna. There is a reader's guide for the book. You can go to my publisher's website of my book I have posted at the end of my email. (It is long but you can copy and paste it) When the site comes up hen you scroll down until you see a reading guide. Click on it to get the file.
Let me know if there is a problem.


I have to wonder, what ever happened to Baba?


I have to wonder, what ever happened to Baba?

kashmira Sheth

Hi Grant,

I lived in Mumbai for many years. I remember that when rain storms came my school closed early so the students could go home before it got too dangerous to be out on the street. It is very common for the streets to flood during monsoon.

I think before Baba could make it to Jama's house, he was caught in the flood. It was very likely that Baba got stranded. He also didn't know how to read and write and it probably took him a few days to get to Jama's place. By that time Gopal was missing.

Thanks for writing!


You write well will be waiting for your new publications.


With the new 2011. Year! Congratulations.

Carol Satta

Just blogged about Boys Without Names on our school library book discussion blog. Loved "Keeping Corner" and "Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet" so was very eager to read this. Thank you for writing on this important topic. Enjoyed the book but concerned that the length will discourage some middle school readers. Just read "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park about the Lost Boys of Sudan which was 120 pages.


Wow this book was really great! I sat down to read it one night and didn't stop until I'd finished it (and three AM). What a brilliant, eye-opening story. Thanks for writing it!

kashmira Sheth

Hi carol,
Thanks for writing. I'm glad you enjoy my books. When I write I imaging the scenes and fill them with dialogues etc. Sorry, you found Boys Without Names a little long.
I haven't read Boys of Sudan but look forward to reading it.

kashmira Sheth

Hi Sonja,

Thanks for letting me know how much you liked Boys Without Names. Sorry to keep you awake until thee AM!


It sounds like a really cool book

amrit teja

ive read the book and lets just say it is one of the best books i have read!! i read it every night and it is so addicting! it is the first book i have finished reading in 2011!! it is a great book telling what is happening in mumbai!!!

amrit teja

im doing a advertising poster for a book and im going to do this book!
thanks for making this book! it takes off the sweat of me picking a good book other than the series called Diary of a wimpy kid!!


When is your next book coming out?


There were lots of things that I liked and didn't like about Boys Without Names. I thought Gopal was the perfect character for this story. I also liked his family because they were always there for each other even when they were going through difficult times and hardships. Something I didn't like was that we never found out what happened to Baba. Part of the begining of the story they were constantly searching for Baba, and up until the end I almost forgot he was even a charachter in the story. One thing that I found really cool was the friendship that the boys had when they were still Scars' slaves. Even though they had some rocky moments, they ended up trusting each other and considering one another a part of their family. Overall, I think this book is a wonderful piece of work that tells of something that really could have happened to anybody.


I am a student at Christ the Lord in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and we have finished reading your books, Keeping Corner and Boys Without Names in our 7th and 8th grade class. I liked both of the books a lot. I liked how they were written and how each chapter of the books leave you wanting to read more. I also liked that we got to learned about India by reading these books. There are a lot of details about how people live and what their cultures are like. In Keeping Corner, we learned a lot about cultures and about Gandhi. We got to see the beliefs of Leela and her family when they fought for the rights that Leela deserved. I had a couple of questions from the book Boys Without Names. I was wondering what happened to Baba and why he vanished on his way to Mumbai. I would also like to know how the other boys turned out and if all of them found their relatives in India.



Our class read your book, Boys without Names. We all enjoyed the book very much. I like how you made the story line so interesting, even when everything took place in one building for most of the book. There’s always so much suspense as to when Gopal and his friends will get the chance to escape. I also liked how the characters were so different, Sahil always being Gopal’s friend, Roshan always being nervous, Amar being excited all the time, Barish trying to be the boss, and GC being the deceitful one. I like how the boys start out being divided, and then later come together as one to make plans to escape. One thing I didn’t like was not being able to find out what happened to Baba. I also wish the book would tell you if the boys ever saw each other again and what happened to each of them. Overall it was a very interesting and suspenseful book.


Dear Kashmira Sheth,

I think that both of your books are very well written. It is so awesome that you got to grow up in India and then got to experience life in the U.S. In your book Keeping Corner, I loved how the main character, Leela, wanted to be so independent and how she wanted things in India to change. In your other book, Boys without Names, I liked how you showed what child slavery is like and how to fight through it and survive. The only question I have is “what ever happened to Baba, when he disappeared and then came back?” It was such a good idea for you to write Boys without Names and Keeping Corner because each one teaches you something new about India, it also helps your learn and experience India a little more easily. I and other people take the things that happened in your books for granted because we have freedom in the United States. It makes us all sit down and actually have to think about the freedom we have and what we are allowed to do. I think you should write more books about India because I would love to read them.


Dear Kashmira Sheth,
I am a seventh grader at Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Brookfield, Wisconsin. My class recently read two of your books, 'Keeping Corner' and 'Boys Without Names.' They were both really good, and they got really exciting at the end. In 'Boys Without Names,' what happened to Baba when he went to look for Jama? Did he get lost or did he go back to the village to pay of the debt? Please answer the question if you write back! Do all of your books take place in India? I learned a lot about India that I hadn't learned before because I read your books. It was very interesting to learn about Mahatma Gandhi and all that he did for India in 'Keeping Corner.' I liked reading about Leela and how her character developed more as I read the book. I also liked how 'Boys Without Names got really good at the end and how the boys got rescued then. Thank you!


Dear Kashmira,

I read your book, and I liked it a lot, but the only thing I didn't quite like was the ending, it was too abrupt and a cliffhanger because I wanted to know more about what happened to Gopal. Otherwise, I thought it was very good!


Dear Kashmira Sheth,

I'm a 7th Grader who read the book Boys Without Names. The book was great! You really made the reader hate Scar. You also helped me learn about the culture of India. I also liked how it made you really sorry for Gopal, GC, Barish, Sahil, Amar, and Roshan. You also helped me learn about the umpleasant scenes in India when you talked about Jama's street.



Dear Kashmira Sheth,
I’m a seventh grader from Christ the Lord. Are class read Boys without names and Keeping Corner and I loved both books. I really liked keeping corner because I don’t think its fair how women were treated in India and I’m glad the book shows how unfair things were for women and I wish there was a sequel to keeping corner so I can find out what Leela ends up doing in the future. I didn’t know what life was like for women in India and now I know. I liked keeping corner and I liked the different characters in the book, but what happened to Baba? Were did he go when he was missing? I really want to know so please tell me!


Kashmira Sheth,
Have you ever thought of writing books about the other five boys in BOYS WITH OUT NAMES? I think that that would be interesting to read about.
What happened to Gopals BaBa? Where did he go and what was his reaction when he found out Gopal was missing.
I liked BOYS WITH OUT NAMES it is a great book and it had our whole class begging for more.

kashmira Sheth

Dear Readers,

Thank you all for writing to me. When readers respond to my stories the way you have, it touches and inspires me.
It is satisfying to know that readers like Gopal. To me he is strong boy who cares deeply about other people. This sense of others is both innate in his personality and comes from having such a loving family. Although his family is poor his parents are caring, his siblings look up to him, and his uncle wants him to have a better life. In school, Gopal has friends and his teacher encourages him to study. Together, this makes him who he is.
I know many of you wondered what happened to Baba.
I purposefully kept this vague so that the reader could use his or her imagination. In my mind, however, I pictured Baba getting lost in the big city. He couldn’t read or write and was afraid of traffic. Furthermore the torrential monsoon caused the city to flood, making navigation even more difficult. Combined, this caused Baba to have some difficulty finding Jama’s house. By the time Baba arrived, Gopal was gone.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on what could have happened to Baba. Do write to me if you imagined other scenarios.
What happens to the boys?
Again, I wanted the reader to use his or her imagination to picture their future. I feel like they did find their families, except Kabir (GC) and Sahil. I think the two of them probably stayed in Mumbai in one of the boarding schools run by a non profit organization. In my mind, they also remained friends with Gopal.
As far as my new book, I'm working on one but I don't know when it will be out. As soon as I know, I'll post the information.
Thanks again for you notes!

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