This week, Riverhead Books announced it will be publishing a new book by Khaled Hosseini on September 18.
The book, titled Sea Prayer, will commemorate the third anniversary of Alan Kurdi’s death. A photograph taken of the three-year-old’s body washed up on a beach in Turkey sparked an international outcry over the handling of Syrian refugees and sparked international support for humanitarian agencies.
As the complex machinations of the civil war in Syria rage on, so many still live in uncertainty and fear. In a statement about the new book, Hosseini says, “We are living in the midst of a displacement crisis of enormous proportions. Sea Prayer is an attempt to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Alan Kurdi’s, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution.”
Sea Prayer was originally released as a virtual film last year in the Guardian in partnership with the United Nations Refugee Agency and all author proceeds from the book will go towards their efforts.
Sea Prayer will be a work in tandem with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and showcases contributions by Hosseini, Andrew Mason, Anetta Jones, Lisa Golden, Peregrine Andrews, So When, Adeel Akhtar, Liz Edwards, Francesca Panetta, Sahba Aminikia, Shehani Fernando, Mona Mahmood, Anrick Bregman, Kronos Quartet, David Coulter, and Nicole Jackson.
Hosseini’s previous books — The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed — were international bestsellers. He is widely regarded as one of the most critically and commercially successful authors in recent decades.