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Khaled Hosseini Comes to Clowes

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Each year authors come to share their story of how they began writing and the life events that inspired their books. Bestselling author Khaled Hosseini of The Kite Runner(2003)fame will present the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation's 38th Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture. This free (though ticketed) event will be held at Clowes Memorial Hall next Friday (March 6th) a 7 p.m. All tickets for the show have been distributed; however, 15 minutes prior to the event, open seats will be released to patrons in line without tickets. (But lines formed prior to 6:30 will not be honored.)

One of the first questions an author might be asked is: "How did you start writing?" And in Khaled Hosseini's case, he did not originally aspire to be an author but rather to become a man of medicine. Hosseini graduated from Santa Clara University in 1988, and received a degree in biology.

Khaled Hosseini, will appear on March 6 at Clowes Memorial Hall as the 38th author of this annual lecture.  - COURTESY OF  RIVERHEAD BOOKS
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  • Khaled Hosseini, will appear on March 6 at Clowes Memorial Hall as the 38th author of this annual lecture.

In 1993 he earned his medical degree from the University of California, and completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. And it was not until Hosseini started practicing medicine did he begin writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. While Hosseini's writing career appears a bit random, his background and passion for his Afghanistan roots pours into his writing.

Hosseini was born in Kabul Afghanistan in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry, and his mother taught history at a high school in Kabul. His family moved to Paris, but when trying to move back to Kabul, the Soviet Army had invaded their homeland. The Hosseini family, however, was eventually granted political asylum in the United States.

It was Hosseini's background that helped him to write The Kite Runner, which sold more than seven million copies. Set in Afghanistan and America, the contemporary classic was more about more than a friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant. It paralleled with Hosseini himself. In The Kite Runner, the narrator Amir, comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy in Afghanistan. Later in the novel, Amir realizes he does not agree with the Afghanistan belief system and internally has to deal with this. Hosseini, similarly, had to adjust to the culture shock of growing up in a foreign land.

When Khaled Hosseini appearts at Clowes Memorial Hall, he will discuss some of his works including The Kite Runner, as well as A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Book sales and signings will follow his talk.

The Indianapolis Public Library is ecstatic Hosseini will be presenting the honorable event. He's in good company, with notable previous guest authors such as John Irving, Tom Wolfe and Ann Patchen, "Mr. Hosseini certainly can stand among these literary giants for the quality of his writing," says Melanie Wissel, Manager of the Indianapolis Public Library Program Development.

Melanie Wissel says Hosseini's "status as a publishing phenomenon is due to the power of his stories which resonate deeply with a wide demographic of readers." - COURTESY OF THE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Melanie Wissel says Hosseini's "status as a publishing phenomenon is due to the power of his stories which resonate deeply with a wide demographic of readers."

The Indianapolis Public Library has been trying for years to bring him to Indy.

"Hosseini's status as a publishing phenomenon is due to the power of his stories, which resonate deeply with a wide demographic of readers," says Wissel. "His perspectives on Afghanistan, his understanding of different cultures, his awareness of the immigrant experience are all qualities that make his works relevant in today's world."

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