Afghan-born novelist and physician Khaled Hosseini left the medical profession to pursue his passion for writing.
His first two novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, were published in more than 70 countries and sold more than 38 million copies worldwide.
In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by his trip Afghanistan, he established a foundation that provides humanitarian assistance to the Afghani people.
And the Mountains Echoed, his third novel, was published in 2013.
The 2014-15 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and its academic partner Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation’s top-rated library system for five consecutive years.
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