Behind the Books

Ireland Reads: Author visit with Adiba Jaigirdar

Friday, 26th February, 3pm

To continue our Ireland Reads celebration Kildare County Libraries have organised a fantastic event with author Adiba Jaigirdar.

Adiba will talk about her acclaimed novel Henna Wars, which is like When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.


When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

We are so excited to talk to Adiba about her new book, becoming an author, and her love of reading. Followed by Author Q&A.

This event is suitable for ages 14+ and you can book your free ticket here:


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