Farishta Books Talks and Presentations


April 10

Union Co Library Indian Trail, NC



December 2014

U.S. Consulate, Tijuana, Mexico


June 20, 2014

Keynote Speaker, World Refugee Day, La Jolla, California


June 8, 2014

Keynote Speaker, Girl Scouts of San Diego Gold Award Ceremony


June 8, 2014

Book Club Discussion, Carmel Valley, California


March 1, 2014
Keynote Speaker, 5th Annual Common Ground International Book Fest & Business Expo

Shepherd University, Eastern Panhandle, West Virginia


March 5, 2014

Presentation for Women’s History Month at Cal State San Marcos


March 21  
2014 Keynote Speaker: San Diego Women's week

April 20, 2014

Book club borrego springs




August 19, 2013

--Skype book group discussion San Francisco, Ca.


October 10, 2013

--Book Club Discussion, Escondido, California

November 9-16, 2013

--Sharjah International Book Fair, United Arab Emirates


March 9, 2013

--Authors on the Move, Sacramento Library Assn. Sacramento, Calif

March 23, 2013
--Book club presentation, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia


February 7, 2013
--Book presentation, Kings Park Library, Fairfax, Virginia


February 11, 2013
--Book presentation, The Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C. (members only) (note this is a corrected date)
--Book Club discussion, Arlington, Virginia


February 12, 2013
--Book Club discussion, Bethesda, Maryland




May 23, 2012 

--Book club discussion, Arlington, Virginia


May 24, 2012

--Book Presentation, Executive Women's Group, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

--Book Presentation, Girl Scouts of America, DC Chapter, 100th anniversary program, Washington, D.C.

June 13, 2012

--Book club discussion, Fairfield, Virginia


 June 20, 2012

--Book discussion, Pikes Peak library, Colorado Springs. Colorado (Via Skype video)


June 28, 2012 

--Book club discussion, Arlington, Virginia


February 10, 2012

--NORML Women's Aiiance fundraiser, Washington, D.C.


July 16, 2012
--Book Club discussion, Arlington, Virginia


August 21, 2012
--Book presentation Arlington County Central Library, Arlington, Virginia


August 22
--Book Discussion, Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, Arlington, Va.


September 30, 2012

--Book Club discussion, Reston, Virginia


October 10, 2012
--Book presentation, Georgetown Senior Center, St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.


October 11, 2012
--Book presentation, Ralph J. Bunche Library, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.


October 16, 2012
--Book presentation via Skype Waterloo, Indiana Public Library


October 23, 2012
--Book presentation, The Avid Reader Book store, Sacramento, California


December 1, 2012
--Book Club discussion, Alexandria, Virginia


January 14, 2012

--Book club discussion, AAUW chapter, Iowa  (via phone)

January 19, 2012 

--Book club discussion, Dallas, Texas (via Skype video from Mumbai, India)


February 8, 2012

--Book club discussion, Arlington, Virginia

March 11, 2012 

--Book club discussion, Washington, D.C.

 March 18, 2012

--Book presentation, University of New Mexico DC Chapter, Fort Meyer, Virginia

March 19, 2012 

--Book presentation, New York Public Library’s Author@The Library series

March 21, 2012 

--Book presentation, Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, Washington DC

April 1, 2012 

--Book presentation, Bethesda Writers Center, Bethesda, Maryland

 April 13, 2012

--Book club discussion, Arlington, Virginia

April 23, 2012 

--Book club discussion, San Francisco, California.




July 12, 2011

--Book presentation, Girl Scout Council, Washington DC

August 3, 2011 

--Book club discussion, Carlsbad, California.  


August 17, 2011

--Book presentation, Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, Arlington, Virginia

 September 27, 2011

--Book presentation, American Foreign Service Association, Washington Dc

--Book club discussion, Arlington, Virginia

September 28, 2011 

--Book club discussion, Winchester, Virginia

 October 11, 2011

--Book club discussion, Arlington, Virginia

 October 19, 2011

--Book club discussion, Sacramento, California

 October 26, 2011

--Book club discussion, Clipped Wings (retired flight attendants) Mercer Island, Washington

October 27, 2011 

--Book club discussion, Mercer Island, Washington

November 14, 2011 

--Book presentation, Quantico Marine Corps Base Library, Quantico, Virginia

 December 7, 2011

--Book club discussion, San Diego, California (via phone)

In The Media

Girl Scouts: Ten Cool Women

Huffington Post Five Recommended books on Afghanistan

STAR-TIDES Interview with Solar Cookers International’s Pat McArdle

Ladybud Interview with Grand Prize Novelist

Emerald Planet Paving the Way to 2050

The Writers Center Success Stories

American Diplomacy Diplomats Who are Authors

Authorlink Patricia McArdle Discovers the Meaning of ‘Angel'

Pam Atherton Lifestyles Solar Cooking with Pat McArdle

Girl Scout Blog Patricia McArdle Cites Girl Scout Experience

Movieballa.com Foreign Service Assn. Schedules Patricia McArdle for Shepherdstown.

Solar Household Energy Solar Cooking Expo at Northern Virginia Mosque


Publishers Weekly Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Gives Hope to New Authors


The Solar Cooker Review (Editor)


The Washington Post My Letter to Nora Ephron


Department of Defense, STAR-TIDES: Integrated and Solar Cooking


Voice of America: Afghan Women Urdu Service


San Diego Book Awards: Winner 2012, Farishta

The Washington Post  In Baghdad, Sad Songs And a Discouraging Sign

The Washington Post-- Security through Solar   

The Washington Post  The Fountain of Youth, Found  

The Foreign Service Journal --  "The Roads Are Closing" a short story  

The Splendid Table Patricia McArdle Talks about Solar Cookers 

Prime Time Radio  “Farishta” -- a compelling story


Reuters  "Solar Ovens, Renewable Energy Offer Hope for Afghanistan"


Bookpage  "Life in a War Zone Leads to Fiction"


The Kojo Naamdi Show  Farishta - An American Diplomat in Afghanistan


The Bob Edwards Show Interview with Patricia McArdle


The Takeaway, WNYC Radio: Finding Fiction from the Grim Realities of War: Patricia McArdle's 'Farishta'


The New York Times, op-ed 6/20/2011: Afghanistan’s Last Locavores


The Voice of America: U.S. Woman's Afghan Experience Inspires Novel


Stephanie Foster.com: Patricia McArdle’s Amazing Career


NPR Weekend Edition: “Farishta”, Afghan fiction from the Foreign Service


Linus Blanket-Out of Twenty:  Patricia McArdle’s “Farishta”


GoSol: Meet the Solar Lady


Oceanside Author Gets Girl Scout ‘Cool' Award


Facebook:  Farishta


CBS Radio, Dan Raviv:  Interview about Farishta, Afghanistan and Solar Cooking



2010 DC Environmental Film Festival  Patricia McArdle discusses the need for research on solar cookers


Voice of America TV  Afghan Land, People And Future


Voice of America TV Urdu Service Renewable Energy For Afghanistan


Thunderbird School of Global Management   Alumni Impact - Afghan Saga


University of New Mexico  Alumni Stories


Monday Developments Magazine   Fueling the Future  (11/10  p.16)