Desert Queen Book Event at Scarsdale Public Library
Desert Queen Book Event
Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 -11:30 AM
All ages family program
Author Jyoti Rajan Gopal will read from her picture book DESERT QUEEN, a true story about Queen Harish, drag performer from Rajasthan. There will be a guided craft activity - making ghungroos (anklets). The reading will be followed by a dance performance by South Asian drag performer, Malai, and the opportunity to learn some dance moves.
Book signing to follow!
Author and Kindergarten teacher Jyoti Rajan Gopal will read from her picture book DESERT QUEEN, a true story about Queen Harish, drag performer from Rajasthan. DESERT QUEEN has received 6 starred reviews and is a Kirkus Best Books of 2023, a Book List Best Books of 2023 and a Book Page Ten Best Picture Books of 2023, and a 2024 Stonewall Award Honor.
There will be a guided craft activity - making ghungroos (anklets).
The reading will be followed by a dance performance by South Asian drag performer, Malai, and the opportunity to learn some dance moves from this talented creative.
Book signing to follow!
Registration is online only and begins Sunday, February 11, at 8am.
Registration is required. Each child must be registered separately.
Registrations will not be accepted via email.
About Jyoti and Malai
Jyoti is a writer, teacher and mom. Growing up, she lived in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, China and India. She finally settled in New York where she raised two daughters with her husband (who also grew up all over the world). As a child, she adored and devoured books but did not enjoy writing. At all. As a grown up, she is a forever kindergarten teacher and mom. She still adores and devours books. But now, she likes to write! Jyoti Rajan Gopal is also the author of : American Desi (illustrated by Supriya Kelkar, 2022), My Paati's Saris (illustrated by art twink,. 2022 ), One Sweet Song (illustrated by Sonia Sánchez, 2024), Sister Day (illustrated by Fanny Liem, 2024) and Love is Here With You: A Lullaby of Blessings (illustrated by Nabi Ali, 2024)
Malai is an Indian drag queen who's name translates in Hindi to ‘cream'. She was born and raised in a small town in India; and is the brainchild of Badal- an architect who currently resides in the vibrant neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens. Malai is known for her unique brand of drag brunches that incapsulate ingenious lip-sync performances, stand-up acts and family-friendly story hour education young kids about Indian culture. She’s the resident queen at Sona- where she introduces a twist of Bollywood ‘naach-gaana’ (dancing and singing) to an Indian style brunch. Malai routinely hosts Bollywood dance nights with a south-Asian queer organization called Yuva. She's a Bollywood Drag Queen, and you will find her hosting the best queer Bollywood party in New York.
Please note that photographs and/or footage may be taken throughout the event. These will be used by the library for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media. Please consult with a librarian if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempt from this activity.
Kirkus Best Books of 2023
Book List Best Books of 2023
Book Page: Ten Best Picture Books of 2023
2024 Stonewall Award Honor