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Bestselling author Khaled Hosseini to speak at reosrt at Squaw Creek

Nicole Cheslock
Special to the Sun

The private reception and presentation by Kahled Hosseini to be hosted by Squaw Valley Institute at the Resort at Squaw Creek on Saturday, April 10 offers our community an incredible opportunity to go beyond our

borders to learn about the inspiration behind The Kite Runner as well as on-the-ground humanitarian work that is improving the lives of families in Afghanistan. This may truly be a once in a lifetime experience for young people and adults in North Tahoe and is sure to be both an educational and memorable evening.

Private reception

When: 6 – 7 p.m. on April 10

Where: Resort at Squaw Creek

Why: An opportunity to socialize, enjoy appetizers and talk to Khaled Hosseini about his writing, Afghanistan and work to alleviate hardships for the women, children and families through his Foundation

Cost:This event is $100

RSVP is required to (530) 581-4138. Space is limited.

With two bestselling novels centering around life in Afghanistan, and one turned into a popular movie, Khaled

Hosseini’s work continues to inspire and enlighten and his foundation is making progress to improve the life of Afghan citizens. On April 10, Squaw Valley Institute presents the author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and founder of the The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance for the people of

Afghanistan.

Taking place at Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, the 7:30 p.m. speaking engagement will give the audience an opportunity to learn more about Afghanistan, Hosseini’s experience as a goodwill envoy to the UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency), and his books. Tickets are on sale now on the Institute’s website at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org. General seating is $50. For Squaw Valley Institute members, tickets are $45. A select number of preferred seating tickets are available for $75. Student and community groups of 15 or more people receive a 20 percent discount.

The mission of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation is to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan to help alleviate suffering and build healthy communities. The Foundation seeks to make grants that create meaningful and enduring differences in the lives of the people of Afghanistan. The Foundation gives priority to programs and projects providing relief and shelter for families, economic opportunities for women, and education for children.

As Hosseini points out on his Foundation website, Afghanistan has been ravaged by natural disaster, disease, hunger, and the ruthless rule of extremist regimes have created human suffering on a scale that is hard for those of us living in the West to imagine.

Hosseini, himself, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history at a large high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already

witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army, which, as the conflict progressed, ultimately took the lives of 1 million Afghans. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini’s family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in

1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California-San Diego’s School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hosseini practiced medicine from 1996 until 2004, and began writing his first novel in March of 2001. In 2003, “The Kite Runner,” was published and has since become an international bestseller, published in 48 countries. His second novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” was published in May of 2007 and is now published in 40 countries.

For tickets or more details on this event, visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or call (530) 581-4138. For more

information about The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, visit http://www.khaledhosseinifoundation.org.

and#8212;Submitted to the Sun by Nicole Cheslock, executive director, Squaw Valley Institute