Livingston Manor, NY – Nina Burleigh, a writer and journalist and the author of five books including “Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox,” a New York Times bestseller, will be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, August 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. to read and share photographs from two books that will be released later this year: “Under the Black Blanket” and a companion piece to the documentary, “Back to the Beginning: A Modern Journey Through the Lands of the Bible.”
The first, with the working title “Under the Black Blanket,” is an ebook single on Islamists and women that will come out on Byliner this fall. “Under the Black Blanket” is a memoir and travelogue of a trip that Burleigh took this year into Egypt’s Islamist and progressive communities with the goal of examining the prospects for women’s rights in the “Arab Spring.” The author’s personal interactions as a feminist and product of the 1970s permissive Western society, with the Islamists, is the subtext.
The second book, which Burleigh co-authored with journalist Christiane Amanpour, is scheduled to come out in November. The book is a companion piece to the documentary, “Back to the Beginning: A Modern Journey Through the Lands of the Bible.” Burleigh and Amanpour travelled from the upper Nile in Egypt to Israel, retracing the Exodus, climbing Mt. Sinai, and ending up in Jerusalem. There they visited many contested sites in Hebron, Nablus, and the Old City in Jerusalem, and interviewed several archeologists about what, if any, evidence existed for the occurrences of the Bible.
Photographs taken by Erik Freeland, a freelance photographer for numerous American and British magazines and newspapers and Burleigh’s husband, will be on display to illustrate the talk. Burleigh and Freeland are residents of Narrowsburg and Manhattan.
The CAS Art Center is located at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY. There is no cost to attend this event. The CAS Arts Center is fully wheel chair accessible.
About Catskill Art Society: Catskill Art Society is currrently celebrating its 40th anniversary as a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, the expanded 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit www.catskillartsociety.org