The Elements of Story: Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns


Diaspora Dialogues is excited to announce an interactive online program featuring Khaled Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns. Co-produced by Canadian Stage and The Toronto International Festival of Authors in association with Diaspora Dialogues.


The Elements of Story delves into the work and ideas of internationally celebrated authors and cultural thinkers.

Participants will embark on a six-week exploration into Khaled Hosseini’s captivating bestselling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Hosted by the winner of the 2020 Canada Reads competition, Samra Habib (We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir), this one-of-a-kind series of interactive discussions and lectures will allow readers to deepen their experience and understanding of the novel and its author through a look into Afghanistan’s complex intersection of politics, religion, and gender.

The online program includes access to:

A live In Conversation with Khaled Hosseini event – Fri Nov 13, 7pm

In Their Element: three 90-minute lectures by leading scholars, thinkers, and artists exploring related topics.

Mozhdah Jamalzadah: acclaimed Afghan singer and talk show host, dubbed “the Oprah of Afghanistan” – Tue Oct 6, 7pm

Dr. Kamal Al-Solaylee: celebrated author and journalist – Tue Oct 20, 7pm


Nahlah Ayed: Award-winning journalist and host – Tues Nov 3, 7pm

The Elements of Story Book Club: three facilitated 90-minute group discussions – Thurs Oct 15, 29, and Nov 12, 7pm

In addition, participants will have exclusive access to an original series of micro-film poems by Afghan and Canadian filmmakers commissioned especially for this unique event, produced by Golden Hour Productions.

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