By Emily Francisco
The evening officially began at 6:00 with an introduction by the Provost of Hood College, who then led a brief interview session with Hosseini. Questions she asked pertained to his founding of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, his books’ familial themes, and his approach to writing.
“I rarely make concrete decisions on my writing ahead of time,” The author confessed. “Things happen accidentally, and then I find the purpose in them.”
Following the one-on-one session, the Provost opened up the opportunity for audience members to ask questions. Many audience members jumped at the chance to address their favorite author. One asked for Khaled’s book recommendations; another inquired about his writing career in relation to his success as a doctor. All were eager to learn from this esteemed author.
Finally, the Provost concluded the lecture with everyone’s final question: What was Khaled’s advice to college students wanting to pursue writing?
“I’m not going to tell you to [write]; if you have that bug, you’re not going to be able resist it anyway,” He stated bluntly. He also emphasized the importance of reading.
“You can’t be a writer without reading,” He asserted. “The mark of the amateur is the writer who writes more than he reads,”