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Aug 07 2021


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm



Screening of Documentary “Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System” & Interview with Mermer Blakeslee, Author of “When You Live by a River” by Greg Triggs

Join us for a viewing of “Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System” a 45-minute documentary produced and directed by Tobe Carey, Robbie Dupree, and Artie Traum, followed by an interview with Mermer Blakeslee, author of “When You Live by a River”

“When You Live by a River” is a twisted love story set in 1931 in a place that is dying, the valley of a small Catskill Mountain town about to be flooded for a New York City reservoir. Large, marginalized souls, these are characters bound to the land, swinging between the severe grip of an Old Testament God and the sensual sway of a river.

Mermer Blakeslee is the author of three novels. “In Dark Water”, called by Connie May Fowler “a novel of uncommon grace and soaring beauty,” was selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” series. “Blakeslee’s world,” the San Francisco Chronicle stated, “is lyrical and mythic, filled with magic, visions and dreams.” Leenie, an excerpt from “When You Live by a River” won the Narrative Prize. Blakeslee was awarded three fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her roots are in poetry and two of her poems were finalists in Narrative’s First and Second Annual Poetry Contests. Blakeslee is also a professional skier and has worked intensively with fearful students. Her non-fiction book, “In the Yikes! Zone” has been recently reissued as “A Conversation with Fear”. For more information, go to

Mermer Blakeslee will be interviewed by Greg Triggs.

Greg Triggs has performed with Disney’s Comedy Warehouse, the Brave New Workshop & Chicago City Limits. Writer/director for Disney, the NFL, the Tribeca Film Festival, the World Science Festival and the Scholastic Harry Potter series. TV includes BBC, ABC, TLC, Oxygen, the Discovery Channel & Nickelodeon. Greg is the director and writer of the Western Sullivan Public Radio podcast. His column, Narrowsburg News, runs monthly in the River Reporter. Greg’s first novel The Next Happiest Place on Earth is available at His next novel, tentatively entitled Corn, will be published by Redhawk Publishing in the fall of 2021. Blog entries and more at and

This event is FREE but registration is recommended.


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