August 1, 2013

My first book, The Pomegranate King, is a collection of essays divided into four sections–Identity, Death, Community and Belief.  I write about my adventures in the kitchen, losing my father, growing up in the South, and the art of Mark Rothko, among other things.

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Here’s what folks have had to say about the book:

•    “Nishta Mehra’s luminous prose shines in these linked essay meditations on love, grief, and identity. A natural storyteller, she has an original voice, an ear for spoken language, and an eye for the sparkling detail. A compellingly original coming-of-age story told in writing that is at turns crisp and lyrical but always entertaining.” -Cara Blue Adams, former editor, The Southern Review

•    “The Pomegranate King marks a journey both deep and luminous that spans from the Indian subcontinent to a Memphis wedding, replete with saris and cowboy hats and Taylor Swift.  Mehra—as an American, a lesbian, an artist—finds her way to new rituals and sources of belief.  This work shines with the resulting insights, both secular and sacred.” – Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Rope

•    “Mehra’s writing will knock you over, and while you’re down on the floor you’ll be thinking about what makes us human and what makes us alive.” – Lauren Eggert-Crowe, author of In the Songbird Laboratory & The Exhibit

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If you’d like to read The Pomegranate King, or purchase a copy to give as a gift, there are several ways to do so:

•    order a print copy, signed or with a custom inscription, directly from me
•    order from Amazon (print or Kindle edition)
•    find a print copy at one of these independent booksellers: Brazos Bookstore (Houston),  Burke’s Book Store (Memphis), or The Booksellers at Laurelwood (Memphis)


One of the book’s essays, Sonata, was first published in Trop magazine; you can read it here.


•    MenilFest 2014, Food Writer’s Panel, May 3, 2014

•    Alumna Chapel Speaker, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, September 27, 2013


•    Telling Stories in the new, multi-faith, multi-ethnic South, The Commercial Appeal, September 2013 [print & online]

•    How to Carry Grief: An Interview with Nishta Mehra, Trop Magazine, September 2013 [online]

•    Review, IMPACT Magazine, September 2013 [online]

•    A Conversation with Nishta Mehra, The Aerogram, July 2013 [online]

•    Recommended ReadingMy Table Magazine, August/September 2013 [print]


Hearing from readers is always a treat; I welcome your comments and questions about the book!  I am also available to meet/Skype with book clubs or for other author events.

email me: nishtajmehra {at} gmail {dot} com


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