The Dover Public Library will host An Evening with Author David Mould as part of its Nights at the Round Table Author Series on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Mould will be discussing his latest book, Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys. In Monsoon Postcards, journalist David H. Mould, notebook in hand, traverses the Indian Ocean—from Madagascar through India and Bangladesh to Indonesia. It’s an unpredictable journey on battered buses, bush taxis, auto-rickshaws, and crowded ferries. Mould travels from the traffic snarls of Delhi, Dhaka, and Jakarta to the rice paddies and ancestral tombs of Madagascar’s Central Highlands; from the ancient kingdom of Hyderabad to India’s so-called chicken neck — the ethnically diverse and underdeveloped northeast; and from the textile factories and rivers of Bangladesh to the beaches of Bali and the province of Aceh — ground zero for the 2004 tsunami. Along the way, in markets, shops, roadside cafes, and classrooms, he meets journalists, professors, students, aid workers, cab drivers, and other everyday residents to learn how they view their past and future. Much like its predecessor, Mould’s Postcards from Stanland, Monsoon Postcards offers witty and insightful glimpses into countries linked by history, trade, migration, religion, and a colonial legacy. It explores how they confront the challenges of climate change, urban growth, economic development, land, water and natural resources, and national and ethnic identity.
In his career as a journalist, historian and college professor, Mould has visited more than 40 countries. Born in the United Kingdom, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the U.S. in 1978 for post-graduate study. He is Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, where he had a 30-year career as a teacher and administrator. For the last 25 years, he has worked in Central and South Asia and Southern Africa as a teacher, trainer, researcher and media consultant, most recently for UNICEF. He has produced public radio and TV documentary series and is the author of books on news film in World War One, transportation history and oral history. He has written for Times Higher Education, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek's online section on travel and culture,History Today, American Heritage, History News Network, Transitions Online, and other print and online outlets. His first book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia, was published by the Ohio University (Swallow) Press in 2016; his new book, Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys, also from the Ohio University Press, came out in June 2019. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife, Stephanie Hysmith, their dog and cat.
For more information or to register for this free community event, contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St., directly across the street from Dover High School.