On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, my daughter and I traveled up to Pasadena for an exciting event with Khaled Hosseini. With the release of his new novel, And The Mountains Echoed, Hosseini was on tour promoting his new release and Pasadena was one of the stops. Fortunately, I was able to get the day off to get a chance to meet him...boy, was I excited! After getting off work that morning (working the graveyard shift), I took a short nap before driving out to the All Saints Church in Pasadena where the event took place. Luckily, traffic wasn't too heavy, especially when we were on the freeway after business hours and everyone was heading home...haha!
|Vromans bookstore set up for the event|
|Display of And The Mountain Echoed books|
|Fans entering and taking their seats|
|Fans patiently waiting for the event to start|
The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. The Foundation partners with the United Nations refugee organization (UNHCR) to build shelters for refugee families. It also provides economic opportunities, education, and healthcare for women and children of Afghanistan.After watching this touching video about the conditions that Afghanistan refugees endure every day, and the efforts of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to provide shelter for them, the discussion with Khaled Hosseini and Lee Cowan was underway.
|Khaled Hosseini and Leland P. "Lee" Cowan, CBS Sunday Morning News Correspondent|
|Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner|
|Khaled Hosseini discusses his early days as a writer with Lee Cowan|
|Khaled Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns|
Hosseini: In 2004, I started to see people at airports. I sat next to people on the airplane reading my book, um, so weird (audience laughs). Oh, I couldn't believe it, I was terrified...you know, what do I do...do I say something or not say something...
Cowan: Ask if she even liked it...
Hosseini: Well, I could tell she liked it, because she was like really into it...Wow! So funny and enlightening to listen to Hosseini's anecdotes of when he first started as an author. Among all that laughter, he also stated that it was difficult to practice medicine and write at the same time. So, in 2004, when he started to write his second novel, he requested to go on sabbatical.
It was also interesting to learn that being a doctor wasn't really his career fascination, but he felt useful, in his own way, to society...like he said, "I liked my patients, I just didn't like the fact that they were sick." That was hilarious since, after all, doctors treats sick people. Another anecdote that he revealed, was when he would go on rounds (in 10-15 minute slots) and see his patients; during that time, his patients were spending that short time asking him to sign the book. Too funny!!
Khaled Hosseini also discussed much of the purpose of his foundation in helping and providing shelter for refugees in Afghanistan. He also revealed to the audience of his recent trip to Afghanistan in which the above video was made. Hosseini particularly talked about two little girls that he met on that trip. These two little girls appear at the end of that video.
|And the audience questions begins!|
|Khaled Hosseini listening to an audience question|
|And the signing begins!!!|
|Khaled Hosseini, author of And The Mountains Echoed|
|My books signed by Khaled Hosseini|