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

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

October 06 at 7pm

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The Elements of Story series, spearheaded by Canadian Stage, delves into the work and ideas of internationally celebrated authors and cultural thinkers. This fall, 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. In addition, participants will have exclusive access to a series of short films by Afghan filmmakers, inspired by Afghan-German poet Aria Aber, commissioned especially for this unique event. Co-produced by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Canadian Stage, in association with Diaspora Dialogues.

We extend our deepest gratitude for the exceptional generosity of Marilyn and Charles Baillie.

In Their Elements Lectures
Mozhdah Jamalzadah – Tuesday, October 06 at 7pm ET
Kamal Al-Solaylee – Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm ET
Nahlah AyedTuesday, November 03 at 7pm ET

Book Club
Thursday, October 15 at 7pm ET 

Khaled Hosseini In Conversation
Friday, November 13 at 7pm ET 

Cost: $20 – Khaled Hosseini In Conversation / $30 – Full Series (includes Khaled Hosseini In Conversation, all In Their Element lectures, and Book Club access (as space permits). Proceed to Canada Stage website to book your tickets.


You may also enjoy Blink and You’ll Miss Us: an original series of micro-film poems by Afghan and Canadian filmmakers featuring bursts of exquisite poetry. Blink and You’ll Miss Us premieres on October 27 at 8:30pm (ET). Click here for details.


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

October 06 at 7pm


Kamal Al-Solaylee headshot

Photo credit: Mark Raynes.

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Mozhdah Jamalzadah headshot

Photo credit: Benjamin Kwan

Mozhdah Jamalzadah

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