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The Bookshelf: Meenal Patel

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Gabriela Hasbun

In our The Bookshelf column, we’ve been lucky to get a peek into the creative studios of modern children’s book legends around the world who have definitively “made it.” At the same time, we think it’s important to shine the light on some up-and-comers who are still perhaps looking for that first big break. Case in point: Today’s profile on San Francisco-based author and illustrator Meenal Patel. With two self-published books under her belt—Neela Goes to San Francisco (2016) and Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala—we’ve been fans of Meenal’s ever since first laying eyes on her stunning and unique book illustrations, which highlight Indian characters and culture. Recently, Meenal invited us into her home studio to talk about becoming a full-time artist, new collaborations for 2020, and how she’s still figuring it all out. (Aren’t we all!)

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  1. Rebecca says...

    would love her chai recipe

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