The Kay Swift Trust is delighted to announce an agreement with playwright David Caudle, whose new musical play HERE TODAY, inspired by Katharine Weber's book The Memory Of All That, will feature the score to Fine and Dandy, along with other Kay Swift songs. The first showcase will take place at the Ziegfeld Society meeting in New York City on Saturday, April 27th at 3:30 in the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College. Tickets on sale now!
For reservations/info email or call Lucy at 917-371-5509.
Katharine has been appointed to the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College, a five-year appointment for spring semester teaching.
“...Ms. Weber's account of her relationship with her manipulative fabulist of a father brings to mind classic autobiographies of unmoored childhoods, like Mary Karr's "Liars' Club" and those companion volumes from the brothers Wolff, "This Boy's Life" (Tobias) and "The Duke of Deception" (Geoffrey)...It's when Ms. Weber remembers Papa that her considerable skills as a writer are most seductively on display. And it's not just because the exasperating Kaufman is such a good subject. It's that Ms. Weber is able to arrange words musically, so that they capture the elusive, unfinished melodies that haunt our memories of childhood. As her grandmother's lover might have put it, she's got rhythm.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Levi Asher's Litkicks considers all six Katharine Weber books in context
The Memory Of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities has just been published and the reviews are coming in day by day!
“The Memory of All That is less a family memoir than a family biography. Which is good, because Weber's kin are more than fascinating enough to stand on their own without the embellishments of personal memory — especially her maternal grandmother, the composer Kay Swift, whose 10-year affair with George Gershwin is the primary melodic theme around which the book is structured. Complicating matters was that for 7 out of those 10 years, Swift was married to another man, James Warburg, a member of a preeminent banking family and an adviser to FDR. There is plenty to unpack in this multidirectional relationship, and Weber does her best to evoke its more tender elements with writing that is both loving and distanced. But these high-society emotional escapades contrast with the book's other major figure, Weber's father. An aggressively unfaithful and relentlessly self-promoting movie producer, he yearned desperately for his own legacy, like that of his famous in-laws. The grand irony is that in his search, he neglected the one thing that could ensure his memory lived on: his family. A-” – Entertainment Weekly
Katharine's short story "Sleeping" adapted for the screen: http://www.group-six.com/.
Watch the trailer:
Katharine appears in the documentary, STOLEN
A note to Book
A note about finding information about Katharine Weber on the Web: If you are seeking reviews, website or blog mentions, or other background material, please check with alternate spellings; there are numerous links to Katherine Weber. You may have landed on this website using that spelling, which is why I keep the domain name katherineweber.com linked to katharineweber.com.