2013-14 Season

Tate Lecture Series

Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved authors in the world. His first two novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns have sold more than thirty-eight million copies worldwide and have been published in more than seventy countries. The Kite Runner alone spent more than five years on The New York Times bestseller list and has been adapted into a major motion picture as well as a graphic novel. In May of 2012 Khaled will release his much-anticipated third novel And the Mountains Echoed.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965, Khaled's father was a diplomat and his mother a high school teacher. Growing up with an appreciation for language he read a great deal and while still a child even taught an older acquaintance with whom he'd formed a bond to read and write. In 1976 Khaled moved with his family to France after his father was assigned to the Afghan Embassy in Paris. Later, in 1980 when the Hosseini's prepared to return to Afghanistan, they found the country they had left in the midst of war.With the peaceful nation of his childhood gone Khaled's family sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, where they settled in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Though his first love has always been writing, Khaled eventually went to medical school and became a doctor. "I wanted to be a writer in a way a kid would say 'I want to be president.' It just seemed untouchable," he has said. Following the extraordinary success of his first novel Khaled was able to leave medical practice and devote himself full time to writing.The themes of his novels address with great humanity and beauty the struggles of his homeland and her people. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Through his work with that agency as well as with his own Khaled Hosseini Foundation he has provided aid and support to the people of Afghanistan, particularly women, children and homeless refugees.

Khaled lives in San Jose, California with his wife Roya and their two children.