The Kite Runner Selected for All Fairfax Reads Program

Posted: May 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kite Runner book cover

The Fairfax County Public Library has announced that the selection for the second annual All Fairfax Reads program will be The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The novel chronicles the story of an Afghan boy facing the challenges that confront him on the path to manhood. George Mason is a cosponsor of the program.

The idea behind All Fairfax Reads is to encourage adults in the community to read the same book and talk about it in book discussion groups and other events. It is modeled on more than 100 similar “One Book, One City” projects throughout the United States.

The result is the first step toward community engagement—strangers talking to one another. This year, the program focuses on The Kite Runner from now until Sept. 20, when the author will make a special appearance and reading at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30 p.m.

According to Edwin S. Clay III, library director, The Kite Runner was chosen for its universal themes of friendship and betrayal, and the book will resonate for many in Fairfax County’s diverse community. More information about the author, reading guides, reviews, and events can be found on the Fairfax County Public Library’s web site.

Set in Afghanistan and in America, the novel traces the friendship between an Afghan youth and a servant’s son. The two boys are inseparable until a fateful kite-flying contest. The novel spans several decades in Afghanistan through the end of the monarchy and the Soviet invasion to the rise of the Taliban, as well as the present-day immigrant community in the United States.

Other related events include a book discussion on May 23 at 10 a.m. in the Centreville Regional Library, and a discussion by The Book Club Cookbook authors Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp at Fall for the Book on the Fairfax Campus on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. All events are free. Registration for Hosseini’s reading begins Sept. 6; call 703-324-8414 or e-mail

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