Khaled’s Appearance on Forum with Michael Krasny

In mid-September, Khaled was interviewed by Michael Krasny, host of the award-winning radio program, Forum, a news and public affairs program on KQED public radio.  The interview focused on the future of Afghanistan and Khaled’s opinions regarding his homeland’s ability to recover.  Listen to the interview.


The Kite Runner Graphic Novel: Khaled Speaks at Dominican University

On September 15th, Dominican University of California, Institute for Leadership Studies presented an evening with Khaled Hosseini at the Angelico Concert Hall.  The discussion centered on Khaled’s new release of The Kite Runner Graphic Novel.    See Khaled’s lecture at Dominican University:

See below for information from Khaled on the new graphic novel and his lifelong love of comic books.








How did the graphic novel come about?

I was approached by my Italian publisher, Piemme, to adapt The Kite Runner into a graphic novel.  The idea was intriguing to me as I have been a fan of comic books since childhood.  After agreeing to the endeavor two illustrators were signed on, Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo.  While I did not have the opportunity to meet them in person, I did exchange an email or two.  It was my intention to give them the room they needed for their artistic instincts to take over.  I reviewed some pages as Fabio progressed and it was immensely exciting to see the story shaping up visually.   The aim was to use existing dialogue in the novel to advance the story, complimented by Fabio’s artwork.  Some of the dialogue has become familiar to readers of the book, and is essential to the story. Baba’s speech about sin, for instance, Rahim Khan’s ‘way to be good again’ line.  In other instances, there were scenes that naturally lent themselves to visual interpretation.  For those, no dialogue or narration was needed; rather the graphic novel relied on imagery.  While I spent pages in my novel describing the kite fighting scenes, Fabio was able to do such a wonderful job of capturing the energy and excitement of the tournament, that there was no need for much dialogue at all.

Who is the graphic novel for?

The graphic novel is intended for a wide spectrum of readers including those who read the novel, who may be curious to see the story depicted in a visual, artistic form.  Young readers who may not have read the novel may pick up the graphic novel and enjoy the story from this medium as well.  It is also intended for fans of graphic novels, whether they have read the original novel or not.  My hope is that this graphic novel, and Fabio and Mirka’s terrific artwork enhances the story for the readers and lends additional dimension to the reading experience to readers both familiar and not with the original novel.

What is Khaled’s history with comic books?

I read comics as a boy. I began with Marvel and DC, read a lot of Batman, Daredevil, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc.  Later, I read most of Alan Moore’s work, Watchmen, From Hell, his take on the Swamp Thing.  I read Frank Miller, especially his iconic take on the dark knight and also his terrific stint with Daredevil.  I enjoyed Garth Ennis’ Preacher series as well.  I read more “serious” graphic novels as well, like Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis books, both of which are among my favorite novels, graphic or not.


Grantee Update – Zohra Visits TIE’s Construction of Her School for Girls

Our grantee, Trust in Education (TIE) has been steadily working towards completion of its most recent project, Zohra’s school for girls in Farza.  The project continues to raise funds for materials related to the completion of a ten room structure to educate up to 300 girls in Farza, Afghanistan.

Zohra Aziz and her family left their village, Farza, when she was just ten years old, to escape the war between the Afghan government and the mujahedeen (“freedom fighters”). In 2006 she returned to Farza with her father to see the village where they once lived. When she was there, young girls would approach her amazed that she could read and write. Zohra was touched by the girls desire to read and write and their lack of opportunity for an education became the catalyst for her plan to build a girls school in her village. The school will be dedicated to her father, who passed away following their trip to Afghanistan.

Zohra purchased a half acre of land for the school to rest upon and the villagers have committed to providing the labor to build the school. The village is in close enough proximity to TIE’s program directors to allow oversight of the construction.

Most notably, the Ministry of Education has approved the project. As a result the school will be considered accredited, and as such the operating costs of the school will be paid by the Afghan government, once the school is opened. The budget for materials for Zohra’s school is $75,000 for ten classrooms, playground equipment and a separate bathroom. In 2010, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation sponsored three classrooms. Construction is underway on the school with the villagers contributing the labor.

Zohra arrived in Farza in September 2011 to assist with the completion of the project and to ensure all materials were appropriately accounted for.  She is acting as project manager in a land where roles such as these are filled by men.  She is tenacious in her duties and a force to be reckoned with.

View the progress.


EASY TO USE: SOS (Student Outreach for Shelters) FLOW CHART!

We have a new, easy to follow flow chart to help kick-off your SOS campaign (to raise funds to build shelters for returning refugees in Afghanistan) and get the ball rolling.  Whether you decide to read the novel and do the full curriculum or focus on the service learning component only, there is a simple path for you to follow.  It is our hope that this will make launching your campaign EASIER AND FASTER!!  The program can be adopted by book clubs, congregations, community reads programs or anyone who is interested in participating! See the chart.

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