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'The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns' author Khaled Hosseini flies into Fairhope - GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Community

'The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns' author Khaled Hosseini flies into Fairhope

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:20 am

Page and Palette announces it will host #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini, with the release of his latest novel And The Mountains Echoed on Monday, June 17, 6 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center. Hosseini’s long-awaited novel has been selected as this year’s One Town One Tale Community Read. Each year Page & Palette chooses a notable book that it encourages the community to read in an effort to promote a love of reading. Copies of the selection are donated to area libraries to be sure everyone has access to the book.

Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed is a story about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children, but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

“My earlier novels were, at heart, tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multi-generational family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor and sacrifice for each other,” Hosseini said.

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history at a high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1988. The following year he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles and was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.

In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. Published by Riverhead Books in 2003, that debut went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, sold in at least seventy countries and spending more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In May 2007, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in that spot for fifteen weeks and nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. Together, the two books have sold more than 10 million copies in the United States and more than 38 million copies worldwide.

In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by a trip he made to Afghanistan with the UNHCR, he later established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He currently lives in Northern California.

Tickets to the author event are $32 and include a signed copy of And The Mountains Echoed. Tickets may be purchased at Page & Palette or www.ticketalternative.com. For more information contact Page & Palette at (251) 928-5295 or www.pageandpalette.com. Sponsored in part by CertaPro Painters of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

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