Best-selling novelist Khaled Hosseini presented the 38th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini

About Khaled Hosseini

The entire community is invited as bestselling author Khaled Hosseini presents the 38th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

All tickets for the McFadden Lecture with Khaled Hosseini have been distributed. Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event, open seats will be released to patrons in line without tickets. Any line formed prior to 6:30 p.m. will not be honored. Any available seats will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.

This moderated discussion with Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully will feature the Afghan-American author discussing his popular works which include The Kite Runner (published in 2003), A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), and And the Mountains Echoed (2013).

The Kite Runner, which Hosseini considers a father and son story, is set in Afghanistan during that country's most tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarcy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the U.S., and the rise of the Taliban regime. The book became an international bestseller and spent more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

A Thousand Splendid Suns debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained at that spot for fifteen weeks. Together, Hosseini's first two books have sold more than 38 million copies worldwide.

Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry which relocated the family to Paris in 1976. When they were ready to return in 1980, their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis were granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1980 and moved to San Jose, California.

Khaled Hosseini graduated from Santa Clara University in 1988 with a degree in biology, earned a medical degree from the University of California - San Diego in 1993, 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, which became a beloved classic.

In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He later established the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

This event is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Book sales and signings will follow the Lecture.

Call 275-4090 for more information about this free Library program.

Books by Khaled Hosseini

Interview with Khaled Hosseini

Best-selling author Khaled Hosseini was the featured speaker at the 38th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture presented by The Indianapolis Public Library at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on March 6, 2015. The series is made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.