Greg Mortenson, co-author of the number one New York Times Best-Seller Three Cups of Tea, is set to make a stop at the College of Charleston on Thurs. Nov. 11. Students and the public can reserve a limited number of free tickets to hear him speak — last we heard, 1,000 were still up for grabs. Those who don’t reserve tickets can still line up outside of the Carolina First Arena for the chance to fill extra seats.

Since climbing Pakistan’s K2 in 1993, Mortenson dedicated his life to promoting community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He’s the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace …One School at a Time, released in 2006, sold over 3.5 million copies. His most recent book is Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As of 2009, Mortenson has established or significantly supports 131 underprivileged schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

More than 325 CofC students have been teaching Charleston County K12 students about Mortenson’s book as part of the college’s Literacy Outreach Initiative. 

The author will not be available to sign books while he is in Charleston. For more information, see or e-mail