Source: The Independent

Le Va Book Signing And Reading

by Rick Murphy

October 24, 2012

East Hamptonís Britta Le Va will have an event on November 1, in Chelsea for her newly editioned book, The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz, which has been enlarged by 40 new photographs. This is an outstanding collection of visual images of the historic city. Each photograph complements a verbal image selected from Mahfouzís writing. The poet Max Blagg will read from a text of Mahfouz, which will be accompanied by a slide show of images from her book. A selection of her work will be exhibited in the gallery.

Le Va, a well known photographer and author, is a longtime admirer of Mahfouz and his novels, and shared his fascination and love for Cairo, where Mahfouz lived his entire life. She has published two books on Egypt: the Egyptian Pyramids as well as her latest work. She will be signing copies of the latter at the event.

Le Va studied at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts with renowned Egyptologist, Professor Bernhard V. Bothmer, and as a photographer worked closely for many years with leading Egyptologists in Egypt. She has exhibited her photography in Egypt, Holland, and the United States. Her work has been published in books and magazines.

Le Va is a longtime resident of East Hampton who lives with her husband, Joe Zucker, the internationally renowned artist.

Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He is considered one of the foremost writers of Arabic literature and has authored more than 50 novels. The event will take place at the David Nolan Gallery at 527 West 29th Street 6:30 PM with the reading starting at 7 PM. For more information call 212-925-6190.