ATHENS — Join in as author Jonathan Donald gives some anecdotal history and reads from his historical novels “Sour Mash” and “Traveler in an Ancient Land.” The readings will take place at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., in Athens, beginning at 7 p.m.
“Sour Mash, The Long Time Ago Adventures of an American” is a novel about a mid-19th century rustic American traveling across America, Europe, North Africa and then across the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam.
“Traveler in an Ancient Land” is a fictionalized biography about the 19th century Egyptian explorer Giovanni Belzoni. The reading will be followed by a question and answer period, book signing and light refreshments.
Jonathan Donald has written and produced over 200 programs for television. These include dramas about the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1698 and a mysterious early 20th century murder. On the lighter side, he also penned a story about an old-fashioned Christmas. Donald has produced documentaries about American history, the Vietnam War, American cowboy culture, 19th century railroads, Australian archaeology, land conservation, Japanese culture, the regional cultures of Brazil, African politics, wildlife adventures in the Americas, Africa, India and Australia, including specials on the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s man-eating crocodiles. Donald has produced these programs for CBS, ABC, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and Reader’s Digest Entertainment. He has won an Emmy, an Emmy nomination, two Cine Eagles and other awards.