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Burleigh introduces books at CAS

August 23, 2012

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to a date TBA. CAS apologizes for the inconvenience, and will announce the new date and time as soon as possible.

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 Catskill Arts Society (CAS) Center at 48 Main St. 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. The second book, which Burleigh co-authored with journalist Christiane Amanpour, is scheduled to come out in November. 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 event is free. The CAS Arts Center is fully wheel chair accessible. Visit