Fay Webern Reading From The Button Thief of East 14th Street
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Author Fay Webern, 88,reads from her book “The Button Thief of East 14th Street: Scenes from a Life on the Lower East Side 1927-1957 at The Light Club Lamp Shop connected to The Radio Bean in Burlington. Introduced by Peg Tassey who has been producing video readings of Fay's writing and put together this live showing.
"Fay Webern was born to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents on the Lower East Side of NYC in 1927 and grew up living at the Lavanburg Homes, the first experimental utopian housing communities for low-income families in America. Her stories capture the struggle, the heart and the humor of a poor and tightly knit community living through the Great Depression, and continue into the 1950’s as the postwar arts scene in NYC, which Fay was part of, blossomed.
Fay writes about her mother, descended from Russian Socialist revolutionaries, who did everything from chicken-plucking to peanut-peddling to keep the family going, and her father, a garment worker paid by the piece with four children to feed."