The Tolleson Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes New York Times best-selling author Khaled Hosseini.
Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1960s, where he and his family lived until relocating to France in 1976. In 1980, he and his family moved to United States where they were granted political asylum from war-torn Afghanistan.
After practicing as a doctor for several years, he wrote his first novel The Kite Runner in 2001. The story, set in his homeland is about friendship, betrayal and, ultimately, redemption. It spent more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was adapted into a film in 2007. His second novel A Thousand Splendid Suns debuted the same year at number one on the New York Times best-seller list and remained there for 15 weeks. After six years, Hosseini released his much-anticipated third novel And the Mountains Echoed in May 2013.
In addition to writing, he operates the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, providing assistance to the women and children of Afghanistan. The foundation helps provide shelter, economic help, healthcare and education opportunities.