Fay Webern

Author of The Button Thief of East 14th Street

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Below, you'll find news, events and other updates related to Fay Webern and The Button Thief of East 14th Street

If you're looking for Fay's videos of chapter readings, you'll find those in "Fay Reads," the video section.

Rare NYC reading & book party! Fay Webern at City Lore on Friday May 12th 7pm!

Mark your calendars — Fay is coming to NYC!   Fay will be reading selections of her acclaimed memoir, The Button Thief of East 14th Street, at the famous City Lore Gallery on Friday, May 12, 2017.   Book signing to follow!  Admission is free.

Photo: City Lore Gallery, NYC

City Lore Gallery, NYC

New Yorkers — you won’t want to miss this rare appearance by Fay in her hometown!  The Button Thief is Fay’s vivid and moving chronicle of her youth on the Lower East Side during the Great Depression, and her young adulthood in the Forties and Fifties, when Fay became involved with the emerging  art and jazz scene of New York City’s electrifying post-war renaissance.

City Lore Book Party for The Button Thief
Friday, May 12th, 7:00pm
City Lore Gallery
56 East 1st Street (bet. 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

RSVP:  Contact Abby
abrajazzbra AT aol DOT com
(646) 206-2080


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Great Review from The Washington Independent Review of Books

The Button Thief is one of the featured books in this week’s edition of The Washington Independent Review of Books!  Y.S. Fing wrote an enthusiastic review, concluding that

In this lovely memoir, we’re reminded anew of the bittersweet nature of growing up. Fay Webern has rendered a way to break out of a cycle of misery and embrace the ambivalent joys of life.

Read the full review here.

Animated GIFs and Enthusiastic Praise from “Books on GIF”!

“Books on GIF” is a fun and quirky book review column started by Michael P. Ventura, the Managing Editor of DNAInfo.  The title is pretty self-explanatory — he peppers his “smart and non-snooty” reviews with animated GIFs.

In January, he published an enthusiastic review of The Button Thief, delightfully illustrated with a slew of well-chosen animated GIFs .  (And you’ve  gotta check out the GIF he used at the end for his “rating” of the book!  It’s perfect!)

Here’s an excerpt:

Webern has many great stories about growing up, from her discovery of modern dance in a class held in the Lavanburg Homes’ basement to her finding romantic love on the building’s roof. There are also the fascinating tales of her family’s struggles for a better life, which involve arranged marriages, plucking chickens and button thievery. But what I found most interesting was her almost complete lack of nostalgia for those times.

Read the full “Books on GIF” review by clicking here.

In-depth profile of Fay Webern published in Vermont’s “Seven Days” independent weekly


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Rachel Elizabeth Jones interviewed Fay Webern about The Button Thief of East 14th Street , and wrote this wonderful in-depth profile for Seven Days, the hugely popular Vermont independent weekly.   It’s one of the best profiles of Fay and her work written yet.

 

Reading #2 – Fay Webern reads from The Button Thief at VCFA on Friday Dec 16 at 7pm!

If you couldn’t make Fay’s book launch, don’t worry!

Vermont author Fay Webern, age 89, will be reading again on Friday evening, December 16 at 7:00pm — this time in Montpelier at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA)!

Come join us for an unforgettable evening in Noble Hall on VCFA’s beautiful campus as Fay Webern reads from The Button Thief of East 14th Street — a look back at her youth growing up in New York City and living at the Lavanburg Homes, the first experimental utopian housing community for low-income and immigrant families.

Fay’s story is remarkable and the book, published by Sagging Meniscus Press, is receiving rave reviews!

Friday, December 16
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), Noble Hall
36 College Street
Montpelier VT 05602

(For directions, click here.)

For further info, contact:
  Carly Abrams, Coordinator of Campus Services
  802.828.8580

 

Official BOOK LAUNCH! Join Fay at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington VT on Mon Dec 12 7:00pm!

Join Vermont author Fay Webern at Burlington’s Light Club Lamp Shop on Monday evening, December 12 at 7:00pm for the official launch of The Button Thief of East 14th Street, Fay’s moving, novelistic chronicle of her youth on New York’s Lower East Side during the Great Depression, where she grew up in Lavanburg Homes, the first experimental utopian housing community for low-income and immigrant families.  

Cover for The Button Thief of East 14th Street: Scenes from a Life on the Lower East Side 1927-1957 (Sagging Meniscus Press 2015)By the post-war years, Fay became involved with the emerging New York art and jazz scene of the Forties and Fifties, the electrifying years when a new American creative renaissance burst onto the world stage.

Fay will give a short reading, followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

Fay is an thoroughly engaging reader, and the Light Club Lamp Shop is one of Burlington’s most celebrated venues, famous for music and events as well as food and drinks, so you won’t want to miss this!

(P.S. Can’t make it? Fay will be also be reading at VCFA in Montpelier on Friday 12/16.)

Book Launch!
Monday, Dec. 12 7:00 pm (sharp!)
Light Club Lamp Shop
12 N Winooski Ave
Burlington VT 05401
(802) 660-9346

A shout-out for Fay’s book launch from Montepelier’s The Bridge

Fay’s upcoming Dec 12 book launch at Light Club Lamp Shop (Burlington) and subsequent Dec 16 reading at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier) got a nice write-up in The Bridge, Montpelier’s independent newspaper!

Fay interviewed by Vermont Public Radio!

On November 10th, Mary Williams of Vermont Public Radio interviewed Fay Webern for VPR’s “Weekly Conversation on The Arts.” 

In this fascinating 6 minute interview, Fay speaks about how a high school typing class led into a long career as a science writer and editor, and reveals one of the powerful motives that led her to write The Button Thief of East 14th Street.  

“I wanted to honor the streets. Keep the memory of them alive,” Fay said, noting that the “wrecking ball” had obliterated many of the streets and tenements of the Lower East Side, including Lavanburg Homes, the utopian housing project where Fay grew up.

“I did not know how to write in the first-person at all,” she said. “I thought that you had to ‘be there.’ But then I learned … that you could take the part of the narrator and the participant and that set me free to write about my mother’s stories, how she earned a living, Lavanburg and what a success it was,” Webern said.

 

The Button Thief of East 14th Street — now listed on Amazon!

Great news!  Just in time for the holiday season, we got confirmation of a publication date of December 1st, 2016…  and The Button Thief of East 14th Street is now listed on Amazon, which means you can reserve a copy now!

Click here to order the book!

New video – Fay Webern interviewed for The Yiddish Book Center

A exciting new addition to our video section — Fay was interviewed for The Wexler Oral History Project at The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. 

Learn more about the project and watch this amazing interview by clicking here.

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