Following our first 2015/16 event with the BBC, December brings another exciting Cardiff BookTalk collaboration—this time, in partnership with Amnesty International and in association with the Law Society’s / Cardiff Law School’s Human Rights in Collaboration initiative …
To coincide with Human Rights Day on 10 December, BookTalk will be discussing The Kite Runner. Afghan–American author, Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel focuses on Amir and his friendship with Hassan. Moving from Kabul to California, this is a story concerning personal relationships set against a backdrop of conflict and migration that remains as relevant and poignant as when it was published in 2003.
The Kite Runner was a New York Times bestseller for over two years and has been translated into 42 languages for publication in 38 countries. It has been made into an Academy Award-nominated film and adapted into a graphic novel. Its themes of friendship, betrayal and redemption have made the novel a popular staple with book clubs across the world since its publication.
Cardiff BookTalk is delighted to host a panel of expert speakers with interests related to the novel spanning the academic and the practical:
- Mari Lowe is Project Co-ordinator at the Oasis Refugee Centre in Cardiff and a PhD candidate in the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. Her PhD focuses on race, diversity and cultural memory in the Cardiff Docklands.
- Radhika Mohanram is Professor of English and Critical & Cultural Theory at the Cardiff University of Cardiff. She is an internationally recognised expert on postcolonial theory, and her work has focused on gender, partitions and diasporas.
- Owen Collins is a Tutor at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales, and regularly teaches community history courses at the Butetown History and Arts Centre. He is also involved in the Cardiff chapter of Amnesty International.
Muhammad Younas was originally scheduled to speak at this event, but owing to a clash with work duties he is unfortunately unable to attend.
As usual, the main event will be preceded by a reception with tea, coffee and biscuits at 6.30pm in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff CF24 4HQ.
About the author
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan–American author and physician, born in Kabul in 1965. After working as a doctor in California, Hosseini switched careers and began writing full-time, beginning with his debut novel, The Kite Runner. He has since published two further novels, each of which features an Afghan as its central character and is partly set in Afghanistan: A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) and And the Mountains Echoed (2013). All three of his novels have been spectacular successes, routinely topping the New York Times and Times best-seller lists and translated into numerous languages. The Kite Runner was adapted into a film in 2007, which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Film Award and the Critics Choice Award. Despite its critical success, the film’s unflinching and controversial portrayal of a rape resulted in threats made against its child actors involved in the movie.