For immediate release | February 19, 2013

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner,' to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — One hot new title that people will be reading, recommending and talking about this season is Khaled Hosseini’s "And the Mountains Echoed," his first new novel in more than six years. Attendees at ALA Annual Conference will have a chance to hear this bestselling author on Saturday, June 29 when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker.

The Afghan-born novelist and physician is the No. 1 New York Times–best-selling author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," with more than 38 million copies sold in more than 70 countries.

"And the Mountains Echoed" (May 2013, Riverhead Books) is about how we love, how we take care of one another and how the choices we make resonate through generations, exploring the many ways families nurture, wound, betray, honor and sacrifice for one another - and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe — from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos — the story expands gradually outward, becoming increasingly emotionally complex and powerful.

Hosseini is sure to inspire interest in more than his books. He is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. His appearance at ALA Annual Conference is sponsored by Penguin.

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