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June 15, 2007

Khaled Hosseini Reads From New Novel June 30 At UI (This event has been canceled)

Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan-American fiction writer whose "Kite Runner" was the "One Community, One Book-Johnson County Reads" selection in 2004, will read from his new novel, "A Thousand Splendid Suns," at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Website:

The free event will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames, and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" again takes readers through 30 years of Afghan history from the war with Russia to the struggle with the Taliban, this time through lives of Afghan women.

An article in Bookmarks Magazine stated, "'A Thousand Splendid Suns' raises inevitable comparisons to 'The Kite Runner,' which sat on the New York Times best seller list for 103 weeks. Most critics agreed that Khaled Hosseini's second novel is as devastating, if not even more powerful, than his first.

"Hosseini gives voice to two women trying to survive in a despotic household while caught up in the throes of war. . . . the novel offers a chilling, all-too-real portrait Afghan life."

Jonathan Yardley wrote in the Washington Post Book World, "Just in case you're wondering whether Khaled Hosseini's 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is as good as 'The Kite Runner,' here's the answer: No. It's better."

Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and his family was granted political asylum in the United States in 1980 when he was 15 years old. In 2006 he received the Humanitarian Award from the United Nations Refugee Agency and was named a U.S. goodwill envoy to that agency. A graduate of the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, he was a practicing internist for eight years before the runaway success of "The Kite Runner."

The Writing University Web site provides a handy portal to the UI writing programs -- including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Translation Workshop, the UI Press and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The site also centralizes writing news, lists upcoming events and provides access to a wealth of writing materials -- texts, journals, lists of Iowa-connected writers and publications, historic videos and archived audio. Visitors to the site have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed.

For additional information about the reading call Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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