Khizr Khan photo by Edwin Tse

Khizr Khan, whose appearance alongside his wife at last year’s Democratic National Convention touched off a firestorm of controversy that heightened the national debate over Gold Star families, immigrants and the Constitution, will make an appearance in St. Louis next month.

The Gold Star parent and activist will appear at the St. Louis County Library to discuss his new memoir, “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice.”

The event will take place at County Library headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:00 p.m., and will feature an onstage conversation with Post-Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan.

Khan’s memoir is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

“An American Family” is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it’s like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As the author traces his remarkable journey—from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America—he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one’s country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of the Khans’ middle child, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which their undying pride in him and his sacrifice have helped them endure the deepest despair a parent can know.

The book is a stark depiction of what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live—rather than simply to pay lip service to—our ideals.

Tickets can be purchased through or at library headquarters.


$30 – Admits one and includes one pre-signed copy of “An American Family”


$38 – Admits two and includes one pre-signed copy of “An American Family”

Additional books will be available for purchase at the event.