Journalists Jennifer Griffin and Greg Myre on May 20 will be doing a book signing for “This Burning Land” at the Barnes & Noble at Lake Sumter Landing.
The book signing will coincide with Griffin, a correspondent with Fox News, being the guest of honor at the “Indy Orchid Gala” which will take place that same day at Savannah Center. The event is being put on by Villagers for Veterans Inc.
The book signing begins at 12:30 p.m.
Griffin served as the Middle East correspondent for Fox News in Jerusalem during the tumultuous years of 1999-2007. She is now the national security correspondent for Fox, based at the Pentagon, and continues to travel regularly to the Middle East. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C. with their three children. Myre worked as a New York Times reporter in Jerusalem. He was a foreign correspondent for two decades, reporting from more than 50 countries and covering a dozen wars and conflicts throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. He is now senior editor at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program.
Myre and Griffin, journalists who are husband and wife, arrived in Jerusalem in 1999 with plans to begin a family and hopes of witnessing a historic Middle East peace deal. They soon found themselves raising two young daughters while covering the worst fighting ever between Israelis and Palestinians.
In This Burning Land, they show readers how the conflict has changed dramatically over the past decade. They witness the pivotal events and delve into the thinking that motivates some Palestinians to be suicide bombers and others to work as informants for Israel’s security forces. They travel to isolated West Bank outposts where Israeli settlers vow never to relinquish the land, and accompany young Israeli troops as they stage midnight raids in militant strongholds.
They weave these stories together to addresses the fundamental paradox at the core of the conflict. Israel is stronger than it’s ever been, with a vibrant society, a flourishing economy and a powerful military. Yet it cannot find a way to end the feud with the Palestinians. In turn, the world supports the Palestinian dream of statehood, and yet no such state is likely to emerge soon.