New York Times best-selling author Khaled Hosseini will deliver the first Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture of 2014. The author of The Kite Runner gives the Tolleson Family Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in McFarlin Auditorium.
Hosseini did not start out as a writer, making his debut in 2003 after more than ten years of practicing medicine. Originally from Afghanistan, Khaled moved with his family to the United States in 1980 after being granted political asylum from his war-torn homeland. Khaled was 15 when they moved, and he entered school in California speaking no English. He went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Santa Clara University and a medical degree from the University of California-San Diego.
While working as a doctor, Hosseini released The Kite Runner. After its wild success, he left the medical profession to become a full-time writer. The Kite Runner spent more than five years on the New York Times best-seller list, and Hosseini followed it up with the novels A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. His novels feature the recurring setting of his Afghanistan homeland, as well as the recurring theme of family.
In addition to writing, Hosseini has provided support and service to Afghanistan. In 2006, he was named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Following this he established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
In 2007 The Kite Runner was made into a film; a movie version of A Thousand Splendid Suns is due out in 2015. Hosseini currently lives in California with his wife, Roya, and their two children.
Tuesday’s evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. They may meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Hosseini will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place.