Author Talks

Jen Glantz Book

Jen Glantz

Presented in partnership with the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Thursday, March 1 | 7:30 PM
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Joe Frank Theatre, 5601 S Braeswood

Walk down the aisle with Jen Glantz, author of Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire): Stories on Growing Up, Looking for Love and Walking Down the Aisle for Complete Strangers.

After moving to New York City in her mid-twenties to pursue her dream of writing—and not living on the “Upper East Side” of her parents’ house anymore—Jen looked forward to a future of happy hours and Sunday brunches with her besties.

What she got instead were a string of phone calls that began with, "Jen, I have something exciting to tell you!" and ended with, "I'd be honored if you would be my bridesmaid." At first she was delighted, but it wasn’t long before she realized two things: all of her assets were tied up in bridesmaid dresses, and she herself was no closer to finding The One.

One (slightly tipsy) night, Jen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. When she woke up the next morning, it had gone viral. What began as a half-joke suddenly turned into a lifetime of adventure for Jen–and more insight into the meaning of love than she was getting from OKCupid—as she walked down the aisle at stranger after stranger's wedding.

Join your friends for an evening of sweet treats, champagne and hearing about the adventures of being a bridesmaid for hire.

Post your favorite picture as a bridesmaid or with your bridesmaids on our Facebook event!

About the Author
Jen Glantz is the founder of the viral business, Bridesmaid for Hire, the creator of the blog, The Things I Learned From, and the author of Always a Bridesmaid for Hire and the Amazon-best selling book, All My Friends are Engaged.

$10 Event Only
$18 for Event and Copy of book, Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)
Book signing will follow author talk

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Harriet Lerner's Book

Dr. Harriet Lerner

Monday, March 19 7:30 PM
Merfish Teen Center | 9000 S. Rice

Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies and why some people won’t give them for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required of healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple.

About the Author
Harriet Lerner, PhD is one of our nation’s most loved and respected relationship experts. Renowned for her work on the psychology of women and family relationships, she served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic for several decades.

A distinguished lecturer, consultant, and psychotherapist, she is the author of numerous scholarly articles and popular books, including the New York Times bestseller The Dance of Anger and Why Won’t You Apologize?. She and her husband live in Lawrence, Kansas and have two grown sons.

"Lerner's books have shaped my life and my career... but this book challenged me in an unexpected and profound way. Imagine a world where we move away from blame and defensiveness and toward real accountability. This is the road map."

—Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rising Strong

$10 Event Only
$18 for Event and copy of the book, Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

Book signing will follow author talk  

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