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Khaled Hosseini

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International best-selling author of The Kite Runner (2003) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Founder, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician, widely known as the international best-selling author of “The Kite Runner” (Riverhead Trade, 2003), “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (Riverhead Trade, 2007), and more recently “And the Mountains Echoed” (Riverhead, 2013). All three novels are at least partially set in Afghanistan and feature an Afghan as the protagonist.

Having practised medicine for ten years, Khaled decided to concentrate on becoming a full time writer after “The Kite Runner” spent 101 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and was sold in over 70 countries. It was adapted into a film of the same name released in December 2007. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” enjoyed similar prestige; it debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, remaining in that spot for fifteen weeks and nearly an entire year on the best-seller list. Combined, the two books have sold over 38 million copies worldwide.

Khaled founded The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a non-profit that provides humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, after being inspired by a trip there in 2007 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He remains a Goodwill Envoy for the UNHCR to this day.

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"Khaled is one of the world’s most widely read and beloved novelist. Beyond his books, Khaled is able to inspire through his work with the UNHCR and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, shedding light and a fresh perspective on Afghan culture, politics and society. His strong connection to the country opens people to other ideas which are largely left out of mainstream media."

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