Ashland Library hosts a panel of authors on Indian heritage on Monday evening

ASHLAND — The Ashland Public Library is hosting an Authors’ Panel on Indian Heritage on Monday evening, August 15 at 7 p.m.

Authors include Amalie Howard, Alisha Rai, Annika Sharma and Madi Sinha, who will discuss their journey to publication.

“Whether they were born in the United States or elsewhere, we wonder how their heritage has influenced their writing, their characters, their editing power and their fan base. This is sure to be a fascinating conversation,” noted the Library .

The event is virtual. Participants are requested to pre-register.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Ashland Public Library and brought in collaboration with these libraries: Needham, Somerville, Newton, Dedham, Wayland, Westboro.

Learn more about the authors, from the bios posted by the library:

Amelie Howard is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novelist of “smart, sexy, delightfully feminist romance.” The Beast of Beswick was one of Oprah Daily’s Top 24 Historical Movies to Read. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels. An AAPI/Caribbean born writer, her books, interviews and articles have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Seventeen and Ravishly Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, being president of her Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club #WriteOrDie, or taking a nap. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

ALISHA RAI writes award-winning contemporary romances. Her novels have been featured on the IndieNext and LibraryReads lists, and have been named Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, New York Public Library, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Kirkus, “O” the Oprah Magazine and Cosmopolitan Review. When not writing, Alisha travels or tweets. To learn more about his books or to sign up for his newsletter, visit

Good morning! I am ANNIKA SHARMA and I’m a coffee-loving, workaholic, laughter-obsessed, wanderlust girl who often finds (mis)adventures in New York during my pursuit of dreams.

Words have been my lifelong passion – and I’ve built my career on them. By day, I’m a communications project manager at an Ivy League medical institution. At night my life comes to life – I’m a writer agent and published – my book, a romantic comedy called Love, Chai and other four-letter words, was released on September 21, 2021, as the first in a series. I am also the host of a podcast called That Desi sparkwhich explores stigmatized social issues from a South Asian, first-generation, and millennial perspective.

MADI SINHA is a writer and practicing physician who enjoys the nervous system, bookstores, milk tea, and sarcastic conversation (but not necessarily in that order). She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. The white coat journals is his first novel. At least you have your health was released on April 5, 2022.

Lola R. McClure