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FYE Common Reader (2012-2013): The Kite Runner: The Author: Khaled Hosseini

A guide for faculty and First Year Experience students on the common reader, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini


 Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 4, 1965

 Father a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry; mother a teacher teaching Farsi and history

 Lived in Iran in 1970 - 1973 where father worked in the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran

 Moved to Paris in 1976 where father was posted; while there Soviets invaded  Afghanistan (Saur Revolution)

 Family received political asylum in the United States in 1980, resided in San Jose, California

 Graduated from high school in 1984

 Earned bachelor's degree in Biology at Santa Clara University in 1988

Earned a Medical Degree from the University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine in 1993

Completed residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles;  practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.

Published The Kite Runner in 2003

Named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency in 2006 

Works to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation lives in Northern California

Married and lives in California with his wife, Roya, and their two children



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Khaled Hosseini on Becoming a Writer

Interviews (Click on pictures for interviews)

The Academy of Achievement, founded by Brian B. Reynolds, brings young people into direct personal contact with the real-life heroes.  Khaled Hosseini was inducted into thie "Museum of Living History" in 2008.




 National Public Radio (NPR) host, Liane Hansen, speaks with Khaled Hosseini, July 27, 2003



 an independent magazine that focuses on the arts, culture and politics of Afghans.

Dialogue with Khaled Hosseinn by Farhed Azad, June 2004