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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 29, 2004

'Kite Runner' Author Hosseini To Lecture Nov. 11

Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," will visit Iowa City for a public lecture and discussion session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 in Buchanan Auditorium, Pappajohn Business Building, on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Hosseini will also be the Friday, Nov. 12 featured guest on "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House." The show is broadcast live statewide from 10-11 a.m. on public radio WSUI (AM910) Iowa City Cedar Rapids and The WOI Radio Group Ames/Des Moines. The Java House is located at 211 1/2 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

Selected by the "One Community, One Book-Johnson County Reads" for its countywide fourth annual human rights reading project, the New York Times Book Review calls Hosseini's novel a "powerful first novel." It is an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal that takes place in Afghanistan before the coup that toppled King Zahir Shad in 1973 and up to the reign of the Taliban until 2001. The first Afghan novel to be written in English, "The Kite Runner" has been optioned by Dreamworks Films and is currently in development.

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. His father worked for the Afghan foreign ministry and his mother was a teacher at a girls high school in Kabul. In 1976 Khaled's family was relocated to Paris, France, where his father was assigned a diplomatic post in the Afghan embassy. The Hosseini family returned to Afghanistan in 1980, but by then the country had witnessed a bloody communist coup and Soviet invasion. Khaled's family was granted political asylum in the U.S. He moved to San Jose, CA with his family in 1980 and graduated from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He has been in practice as an internist since 1996.

Sponsors of Khaled Hosseini's Iowa City visit are the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities and Penguin Group (USA).

Ten community forums to discuss "The Kite Runner" were held earlier in Johnson County. "One Community, One Book-Johnson County Reads" project sponsors are The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR), the UI International Writing Program, Prairie Lights Books, Coralville Public Library, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa Book LLC, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, Iowa City Public Library, UI Charter Committee on Human Rights, UI International Programs and University Book Store. Iowa City High School and West High School are also formal participants in the project. The purpose of the project is to promote reading and discussion and an understanding of human rights issues faced throughout the world.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52241-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Dorothy M. Paul, UICHR associate director for community affairs, 319-338-1230,