Khaled Hosseini Speaks Out Against Book Bans in the US

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini condemned book bans in the United States after his novel was challenged in several school districts. Keep reading for details.

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Author of The kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini,

Khaled Hosseini, author of the extremely popular and influential novel, The Kite Runner, speaks out against book bans in the United States, saying book bans are limiting students’ rights to a good education.

Hosseini’s Stance on Book Bans

Hosseini compared book banning to the rise of authoritarian regimes in Europe during the 1930s. According to a PEN America Report, public schools in the United States had close to 6,000 books banned from 2021 to 2023, with most books banned being those written by women, members of the LGBTQ community, and people of color. More than 40 percent of those books were banned in Florida.

The Kite Runner

According to The Guardian, after being warned in January that his book might be banned, Hosseini decided to reach out to the district. By writing a profoundly sincere letter to the Brevard County committee in Florida, Hosseini was able to prevent his book, The Kite Runner, from being pulled off shelves in schools. His novel tells the story of a young boy living in Kabul, Afghanistan during the 1970s, touching on themes such as betrayal and friendship. The book stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list, selling eight million copies.

Cover of The Kite Runner.
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Despite Hosseini’s efforts, The Kite Runner is still under review in some districts. The rightwing group of parents, Moms for Liberty, submitted an objection to the novel saying, it is “racially divisive” and criticizes Christianity. As for Brevard County, there is still a list of 40 books that are awaiting consideration.

Being a father himself, Hosseini understands the pressure to safeguard children. But he also believes that most students nowadays are much more intelligent and worldly compared to their parents. He maintains his belief that books such as The Kite Runner, along with many others can properly and productively challenge students.


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