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KHALED HOSSEINI / And The Mountains Echoed
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Celebrate with us an unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel 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  Hosseini's tale expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

"Captivating and affectingA masterful and compassionate storyteller, Hosseini traces the traumas and scarring of tyranny, war, crime, lies, and illness in the intricately interconnected, heartbreaking, and transcendent lives of his vibrantly realized characters to create a grand and encompassing tree of life."

 Booklist starred review

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 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 lives in Northern California.

This afternoon, Khaled will be in conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel, the author of the bestselling Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California. She is the co-founder of Berkeleyside, an online news site about Berkeley. A former staff reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, People and elsewhere.

Berkeley Arts & Letters at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way at Dana; enter via courtyard on Dana)
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Tickets available now at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006

One seat and one book, plus early seating $35
Two seas and one book, plus early seating $45
One seat (no book) $15
Student (10 - 20; ID at door; very limited number of student tickets) $5

Tickets are also available at The Booksmith (1644 Haight Street, San Francisco; 415-863-8688; Please note: if you want your copy of Khaled's new book before this event, buy your ticket at The Booksmith! Books will be available beginning 5/21.

Note: Khaled Hosseini will be signing books after the program for those with a copy of the new book, purchased from us via your ticket or at the event. No outside copies, please. You may also have copies of his previous books signed (and copies of those, too, will be available for purchase at the event) when your new book is signed; there is no limit to the number of copies of the new book you may have signed. Snapshots are welcomed, though we won't have time for posed photographs.
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First Congregational Church of Berkeley (View)
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Arts > Literary

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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