About the Book:
Author: Nidhi Chanani
Pub. Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: First Second
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions―the topic of India is permanently closed.
For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.
Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, will be released by First Second Books in October 2017. She recently illustrated Misty – The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts.
Nidhi was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.
Her media appearances include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met, Bored Panda and India Times. Nidhi has worked with Disney, ABC, Airbnb, Sony, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and a variety of other clients. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., and Therapy stores.
Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their two cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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3 winners will receive a finished copy of PASHMINA, US Only.
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Lisa Maucione says
This sounds like a magical and important book. Love the graphic novel format. I’ll have to check this one out.
This is delightful and special. What a talented author.
danielle hammelef says
I love the idea behind this book. I’m very interested in learning more about this character and her culture. This sounds emotional and what I love to read. The art is amazing to me.
It’s honestly so fantastic to see Indian women being represented in fiction and graphic novels. As an Indian girl myself I have always been so drawn to the way you represent different cultures in your artwork and could not be more excited and proud of the fact you’re releasing Pashmina!
The Rafflecoper’s already closed. Did this end early?
Renee Rousseau says
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing! Awesome talent!!
Penny Olson says
This sounds like an exciting and very relevant book. Thanks!