The program begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, and will feature the Afghan-American author discussing his popular works, which include “The Kite Runner” “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “And the Mountains Echoed.”
“The Kite Runner,” which Hosseini considers a father-and- son story, is set in Afghanistan during that country’s most tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States and the rise of the Taliban regime.
Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry, which relocated the family to Paris in 1976. When they were ready to return in 1980, their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis were granted political asylum in the United States in 1980 and moved to San Jose, Calif.
Hosseini graduated from Santa Clara University in 1988 with a degree in biology, earned a medical degree from the University of California-San Diego in 1993, completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.
Free tickets are available at the Clowes box office in advance and at the door. Info: 275-4700.