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chris woolfWe welcome debut author Chris Woolf to the Ashland Public Library! He’ll be discussing his book, Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan, his experiences in Afghanistan, and his perspective on the current situation in regards to US/Afghan relations and policy. We hope you will join us for what is guaranteed to be a fascinating and timely discussion.

The program is at 6:30pm ET (Boston time).

Following the discussion, there will be a book sale and signing.

This is a HYBRID program (we’re excited to say). We hope you can come in person but, if for some reason you can’t, please register to receive a zoom link to join us virtually. You will be able to ask questions if you decide to join online. When you register, you will receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see them in your inbox.

Due to the recent spike in COVID cases, masks will be required for the in-person event.

About the book:

In 1991, BBC journalist Chris Woolf traveled to Afghanistan. The government in Kabul was fighting for survival, after the withdrawal of its superpower patron; in this case, the Soviet Union. The parallels to today are extraordinary.

Woolf discovered the generosity and hospitality of ordinary Afghans, eager to share what little they had with strangers in peril. He shares an intimate portrait of first encounters with death and real fear. He explores the lingering effects of trauma, and explains how he put his experience to good use.

Woolf introduces readers to just enough of Afghanistan’s history, geography, culture and politics for readers to hopefully understand what’s going on around him. He also makes a few comparisons and contrasts between the situation in Afghanistan then and now.

About the Author:

Chris Woolf was a broadcast journalist with the BBC World Service for 34 years. He worked in London, Afghanistan, Malawi, Mozambique, but mostly in the United States, where he became News Editor for public radio’s main international news show, The World. He was on-air for many years as the show’s History Guy.In addition to writing, Woolf is Chief Operating Officer of a professional voiceover company, The Voice Depot. In his spare time, he researches and writes history, and explores family history. His passion is seeking the truth, whether in journalism, history or genealogy.He served in the UK’s Territorial Army as an infantry soldier during the Cold War. He now lives in the United States.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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