Author Khaled Hosseini spoke to a packed house at the BPL last night; he also read a selection from his new novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. I very much enjoyed reading Hosseini's earlier novel, The Kite Runner, and am looking forward to the new one as well. Hosseini's talk was fairly brief - for much of the event he simply took questions from the audience about his books, his writing process, his ongoing work with the UNHCR and on the state of Afghanistan today. He struck me as a very down-to-earth author who enjoys writing about tough but important issues.
If you have a chance to hear Hosseini speak and read from his works, go for it. He'll be at the First Parish Church in Cambridge on Thursday evening (tickets available at Harvard Bookstore), and then will be heading out across the country (list here), for the next month and a half.