Book Talks, Book Readings, Book Signings and Interviews

Monday, May 18, 2020 Book Reading for IAGB (India Association of Greater Boston)
I am delighted once again to do another virtual book reading on Zoom for IAGB.  This time I will read Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji.  The plan is to bring roti to this virtual book reading and enjoy the snack together! 

Monday, May 11, 2020  Book Reading for IAGB(India Association of Greater Boston
I was delighted to go a Zoom reading of Lali's Feather for the IAGB community, today, Monday, from 4-5 PM.  It was grand to connect with a very lovely audience ranging in age from pre K-middle grades.  Thank you to Vaishali Gade of IAGB for inviting me.  I look forward to sharing another one of my books with the kids real soon.

March 28, 2014     Book reading at Freeman-Kennedy School, Norfolk, Massachusetts.  Grades 3-6. Here is an interview with a couple of very wonderful students.

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Interview link to Paper Tiger blog:

Another interview link below:  


Other Fun events.....

Thursday, May 19, 2011: Zeh After School Celebration, Westborough, MA
Thursday, May 12, 2011:  Book Reading, Framingham Public Library, Framingham, MA
Sunday, April: Book Reading, ISW, Shrewsbury, MA
Lee and Low Book Talk:

Here is an interview with Chris Bergeron of the Middlesex News:
  1. Framingham author offers a delicious tale of food, family

    As a gift to her grandchildren, Farhana Zia wrote a story of her native India about a young boy who showed his love for his grandfather by cooking savory hot rotis.

    Mon Jun 27 01:48:10 EDT 2011

  2. Here is an interview with Charlene Arsenault of the Northborough Patch:

  3. A nice article by Jen Richman of India New England magazine


  4. Here is a review of HOT HOT ROTI FOR DADA-JI from Yana van der Muelen Rodgers at Rutgers University. Short and sweet!


    "This lighthearted book stands out for its Indian context, cross-generation relations, and reversal of typical gender roles in the kitchen."

Book reading and signing at Zeh School's annual Read Aloud Night, on November 9, 2011 at 7 P.M.  Great event, with many attending! Warm PJ's and delicious cookies! Many thanks to AK, my little "Aneel" helper, for making the story come alive!
A great interview with Tara Lazaar
I am featured as Author in Residence for the month of October for ReaderKidz blog. . Here is the first part of an interview with Stephanie Green

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 April 26, 2015  Neighbor to Neighbor, Wayland, MA

Many thanks to Sheila Deitchman for inviting me to her lovely home in Wayland to do a reading of The Garden of my Imaan to a vibrant  group of Muslim and Jewish women. Great food, great company!

Here are some memories of the lovely evening.



        On Sunday evening, April 26, seven women from Shir Tikva and six women from the neighboring Islamic Center of Boston came together at Sheila’s home for a delicious pot luck dinner and conversation. Click here to view photos. At each Neighbor to Neighbor gathering, we are encouraged to tell our stories and to show a special family picture or a treasured object from our tradition.

         Farhana Zia, educator and author, shared with us her recent novel for children of middle school age. It is calledThe Garden of My Imaan and is a “coming of age story of Aliya, a preteen Muslim American, engaged in negotiating her way through daily issues at home and school, while at the same time coming to terms with her own identity in a post 9/11 world.” She has also written a picture book for young children titled Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. It is an “endearing tale of a young boy bent on restoring his grandfather’s fantastical powers.”

         Farhana’s presentation was a wonderful stimulus for heart-to-heart conversation between the women from both communities. We talked about a wide variety of topics, sharing our experiences as women who come from different traditions but have many things in common.

         Everyone expressed the desire to come together again very soon. Our next gathering will be hosted by one of our friends from the Islamic Center. We’d love to have you with us. Stay tuned. 

        Shalom and Salaam . . .

        Joyce Pastor & Sheila Deitchman

        Please check out Amy Vatne Bintliff's blog on confronting Islamophobia : March, 2015

        Child of Spring: Book signing at the Peachtree booth
        Saturday, January 9, 2016
        11-12 pm
        ALA Conference
        BCEC, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA

        Saturday, April 2, 2016: Signing and book reading (Child of Spring) at R.J Julia Book sellers festival, New Haven CT with Jerry Craft, Tommy Greenwald and Caroline Magerl. Signing Child of Spring.
        Karen Rosenthal,  children events coordinator

                                                               Reading Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji

        January 28, 2017
        As part of an initiative to promote reading readiness skills, Framingham Public library rolled out their 1000 Books before Kindergarten program by inviting local authors to do a reading in the Costin Room.  I was happy to be one of those authors and it was a privilege to read Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji to an enthusiastic audience.  I've done my best to upload some pictures from the day but the compressed zipped photo just will not open for me! Yikes! Help!

        Sunday, July 2, 2017
        NEA Foundation: Many Cultures, One Community
        Boston Convention Center
        I was invited to do a book signing for Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji at the Read Across America Booth at the NEA convention, as part of the initiative to include more diverse books in the Read Across America program. Approximately 175 copies of the picture book were given away to educators and students.


        Lee and Low recently brought HOT, HOT ROTI FOR DADA-JI into paperback in a special edition, in partnership with First Book and the NEA Foundation. Since April, the book has been available on the First Book Marketplace and was among the top 5 most popular books on the marketplace when it was launched! NEA invited authors of the special edition books for a book signing and read aloud at their annual meeting on July 2, in Boston.  The event was part of a larger celebration of Read Across America.
        Thank you, NEA Foundation for the invitation! 

        January 31, 2019

        Thank you to Gina Cuccovia-Simoneau for inviting me to join the St. John the Evangelist School community in their Local Author Book Fair in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  It was great to meet and greet the vibrant students alongside other authors, April Jones Prince, Sue Lubner,  Mark Binder, Jana Dillon and Michelle Binder.  Thank you, Mark for those useful tips!


                                                      The real stars of the show!

                                          Thrilled to be side by with April in Attleboro!
                                             And with Mark....booth neighbor and mentor!



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