Vesper Stamper returns to Byrd's Books on Sunday February 25th at 4pm

Please join us for an afternoon with author/illustrator Vesper Stamper and her new book, Amazing Abe: How Abraham Cahan's Newspaper Gave a Voice to Jewish Immigrants. Vesper will share with us her process for illustrating this wonderful new book on Sunday February 25th at 4:00pm. Registration is required due to space.

About the book:

A tribute to Abraham Cahan, founder of a prominent Yiddish language newspaper whose discussion of everything from voting rights to baseball offered crucial guidance to Jewish immigrants.

About the illustrator:

Vesper Stamper is the award-winning author-illustrator of What the Night Sings, which was a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, a National Book Award Nominee, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Morris Award Finalist, and a Golden Kite Honor. Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts. Amazing Abe is the first book she has illustrated for Holiday House. Vesper lives with her family in the Northeast.

About the author (not attending): Norman H. Finkelstein is a retired school librarian and a celebrated children's book author. A two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award as well as a winner of the Golden Kite Honor Award, Norman has written many nonfiction books for young readers, including Schools of Hope, Union Made, Heeding the Call, and Forged in Freedom. He taught at Hebrew College and lives in Massachusetts.

From the publisher:

A loving tribute to a towering figure in Jewish American history from two award-winning creators.

Two-time National Jewish Book Award winner Norman H. Finkelstein and Sydney Taylor Award winner Vesper Stamper have teamed up to tell the story of Abraham Cahan, the founder and longtime editor of the Yiddish language newspaper the Forverts (the Forward), which, in its heyday, was one of the largest newspapers in the United States. As the saying went: "What's a home without the Forverts?" From explaining voting rights to the importance of public health measures to everyday questions like how to play baseball, Cahan improved the lives of countless newly arrived Jewish immigrants who wanted to feel at home in a new, strange land. He also published celebrated writers such as Isaac Bashevis Singer and created the iconic advice column the Bintel Brief for homesick readers. Back matter includes a bibliography, a time line, more info on Cahan's life and the Yiddish language, and a note on the author's personal connection to the Forverts.

Registration is required due to space.


Event date: 
Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Event address: 
178 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
Amazing Abe: How Abraham Cahan's Newspaper Gave a Voice to Jewish Immigrants By Norman H. Finkelstein, Vesper Stamper (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823451647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - February 20th, 2024