Best- selling author Khaled Hosseini will visit Saratoga Springs as a guest of Saratoga Reads, in celebration of the community reading program’s 10th year.
A highlight of the visit will be An Evening with Khaled Hosseini at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. The evening will include a question-and-answer session and book signing by Hosseini, as well as a discussion moderated by Joe Donahue, host of WAMC-FM’s “The Book Show” and “The Roundtable.” The event is free but tickets will be needed; Zankel Music Center’s box office will offer tickets beginning in mid-January.
“This is a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most widely read and beloved authors in an unscripted and intimate conversation,” Tabitha Orthwein, chairwoman of the Saratoga Reads board, said in a press statement.
Saratoga Reads selects a novel each year for community-wide reading and discussion. The program began 10 years ago, and its book choice that year was Hosseini’s first novel, “The Kite Runner.” This year’s Saratoga Reads book is “And the Mountains Echoed,” Hosseini’s third novel.
Hosseini’s first two books, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” have sold more than 38 million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 70 countries. “The Kite Runner,” which spent more that five years on the New York Times bestseller list, was made into a major motion picture.
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Hosseini came to the United States as a teen and went to high school, college and medical school in California. His three novels reflect Afghanistan’s struggles with foreign invasions and social, religious and cultural turmoil.
Hosseini’s Saratoga Springs appearance is sponsored by Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Skidmore Student Speakers Bureau and Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library.