June 13, 2007 |
For a painfully shy fiction writer who insists he has no political agenda, Khaled Hosseini learned the power of international celebrity -- and his own voice -- in a hurry. Just before he became a bestselling author, the San Jose-area doctor took a trip to his native Afghanistan in 2003. His first book, "The Kite Runner," had not yet appeared, and he had no clue it was about to become a publishing sensation.
January 16, 2008 |
Afghanistan has banned the import and exhibition of "The Kite Runner," a film about the troubled friendship of two Afghan boys. The decision was made "because some of its scenes are questionable and unacceptable for some people . . . and would cause trouble for the government and people," a government official said. Paramount, the studio behind the adaptation of the 2003 bestselling novel by U.S.-based Afghan author Khaled Hosseini, last year had to get its three young stars out of their homeland before the movie premiered to protect them from a possible backlash.
September 29, 2009
Conan returns: Conan O'Brien returned to "The Tonight Show" on Monday after missing Friday's episode because he hit his head during a stunt accident and went to the hospital to be checked out. A "Tonight Show" rerun aired instead of the planned episode. "Kite" grounded: Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," has canceled an appearance at UCLA Live on Wednesday night because of what a spokesman described as "a family emergency." For a ticket refund or exchange, contact the UCLA Central Ticket Office.
May 21, 2007 |
AFGHAN-BORN novelist Khaled Hosseini is back with his long-awaited second novel, "A Thousand Splendid Suns." (The book's title was inspired by lines from the 17th century Persian poet Saib-e-Tabrizi's ode to Kabul, Hosseini's birthplace: "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, / Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls."
August 12, 2007
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ($13.95) 2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ($16) 3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy ($14.95) Fiction 4. The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud ($14.95) 5. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards ($14) Nonfiction 1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15) 2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ($15.99) 3. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls ($14) 4. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15) 5.