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10 Cross-Cultural Novels That Illuminate the World We Live In

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.05.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

This beautifully crafted work from literary luminary Zadie Smith explores the story of an interracial family whose misadventures in the culture wars on both sides of the Atlantic skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political.

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.06.2016 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.

The Square

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

The bottom line is that after two years of turmoil beginning in the winter of 2011 Mohammed Morsi remains under what the Times describes as "indefinit...

Khaled Hosseini on Workshops, Editors, and Calling Yourself a Writer

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.13.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Khaled Hosseini when I joined the San Francisco Writers Workshop. Listening to him read his work week after week, it was clear he was a writer of amazing talent. He has a new book out, And the Mountains Echoed, so we thought we'd pick his brain about the writing life.

The Common Core and National Security

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Tampio

One consequence of the Common Core is that students may not be as prepared to imagine threats to national security as well as how to make peace with peoples around the globe.

For Afghanistan With Love: An Interview With Khaled Hosseini

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.28.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Emotional intensity and hardship are hallmarks of Khaled Hosseini's novels of Afghanistan, and his third novel, And the Mountains Echoed is no exception.

Khaled Hosseini on And the Mountains Echoed

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

Get ready to take the day off from work tomorrow because Hosseini's new novel, And the Mountains Echoed, is coming out and, believe me, once you start it, you're not going to want to do anything but read.

WATCH: The Bane of Banned Books

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Bill Moyers

Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.

For You, a Thousand Times Over

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Looking through the clear plastic of the shields into these young soldiers' faces, I couldn't fail to think of Bradley Manning, outside whose prison we had stood vigil the previous day.

The Importance of Immigration in Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

The immigration themes in these and other novels are compelling for many reasons, and as readers get absorbed in all this drama, they also learn a lot about the places from which the characters emigrated.

Movie Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to pigeonhole a director like Marc Forster, who has directed films as varied as Monster's Ball, Quantum of Solace, Stranger than Fiction and...

Sexy, Responsible, Heart-Throbbing Book Heroes

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Could it be possible that our lust for the bad boys begins the night we aim our reading flashlights on Rhett Butler and his ilk? How about the other side? How many of them do we worship?

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

'Kite Runner' Author On 'Reality' Of Muslim Life | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As a storyteller who must get inside all his characters' heads, Khaled Hosseini can understand the post-9/11 fear of and antagonism toward Muslims rep...

Sir Salman Rushdie on the So-Called-Mosque Debate: "This Stuff Is Stupid"

Michael Ames | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Ames

"I am not a fan of burning books, and I have some experience in this," he said. "We cannot burn books, no matter how much you dislike the book. I would not, for instance, burn the books of Dan Brown."

Sundance Film Afghan Star Incredible

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Afghan Star is the perfect window into a country's tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity. What I would normally consider frivolous entertainment is downright revolutionary here.

Afghanistan Policy Is Something Obama Needs To Take Another Serious Look At

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howie Klein

Is Obama going to succeed where everyone since Alexander the Great failed -- including the British and the Soviets when they made the mistake of trying to invade and conquer Afghanistan?

"Kite Runner" Author Blasts McCain, Palin: They Lack "Moral Courage"

Washington Post | Khaled Hosseini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I prefer to discuss politics through my novels, but I am truly dismayed these days. Twice last week alone, speakers at McCain-Palin rallies have refer...

In Honor of The Annapolis, Md. Middle East Peace Talks: A Short Viewing/Reading List

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paige Donner

The Sirens of Baghdad I read in one sitting. I could not put this book down. It is not harsh in a way that watching images of war on CNN are harsh. But it is painful in a way that impels you to ask, But wait! Aren't we all human?

An Interview With "The Kite Runner" Director Marc Forster

Jacob Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jacob Bernstein

"They're all dealing with mortality and repression. For me, The Kite Runner became about a guy who's emotionally shut down because he hasn't confronted his past."

"The Kite Runner" Movie: "A Compelling And Uplifting Tale"

USA Today | Claudia Puig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The Kite Runner soars with emotion and sensitivity. Khaled Hosseini's epic novel of fathers and sons is capably adapted by director Marc Forster into...

"The Kite Runner" Stars Move To Dubai

FOXNews | Roger Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The three boys who star in The Kite Runner, a new film with Oscar potential, will be moved from their homes in Afghanistan to new ones in Dubai thanks...

"The Kite Runner" Film Delayed To Protected Safety Of Child Stars

New York Times | AVID M. HALBFINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The studio distributing "The Kite Runner," a tale of childhood betrayal, sexual predation and ethnic tension in Afghanistan, is delaying the film's re...