After the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, be sure to check out these upcoming author talks.  

Heather Morris
The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Wednesday, Apr 24 | 7:30 PM-9:00 PM | in the Kaplan Theatre

The Tattooist of AuschwitzIn 1942, Slovakian Jew, Lale Sokolov, was transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his fluency in multiple languages earned him a promotion from hard labor to the job of Tätowierer, the inmate responsible for tattooing a string of numbers on the arm of each new arrival. While on duty, he calms a petrified young woman about to react unwisely under his needle – and quickly begins to fall in love with Gita, prisoner 34902. “I tattooed her number on her left hand,” Lale recalled in an interview with author Heather Morris, “and she tattooed her number in my heart.”

Finally, Morris shares Lale and Gita’s love story with the world in The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a powerful portrait of courage, sacrifice, and compassion, and a moving memorialization of an enduring love that blossomed, miraculously, in history’s darkest time and place. Books will be available for purchase for a book-signing after the book talk. This event is free, but advance registration is required.

Heather Morris is a writer and native of New Zealand, now residing in Australia.


Advance registration has ended for this event, but we do anticipate being able to accommodate more guests. Please arrive at 6:45 PM on Wednesday night at the Kaplan Theatre lobby to add your name to the wait list. We will accommodate people on a first come, first served basis that night as space becomes available.

This event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Marc Agronin
The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life

Monday, May 13 | 1:00 PM

Marc Agronin

In his new book, Dr. Marc Agronin presents a hopeful view of the aging process, casting it as a developmental force that brings unique strengths, including wisdom, purpose and creativity. These strengths are portrayed in the inspiring stories of a Holocaust survivor who journeys back to Auschwitz each year with young Jewish students, a famous aging artist who reinvented himself after nearly dying, and other individuals whom Dr. Agronin has encountered in his longstanding work.

Marc Agronin, MD is a renowned geriatric psychiatrist who directs the memory center and research program at Miami Jewish Health. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Medicine, and trained in psychiatry at Harvard's McLean Hospital and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He has written for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

This program is being supported by Houston Jewish Funerals.

Jewish Book Council

$5 Member | $8 Public
$14 for Hardback Copy of The End of Old Age

Purchase Tickets

All authors featured in the Afterword are ticketed events. Jamie Bernstein, Caroline Moss & Michelle Markowitz, and Marc Agronin are all included in the Patron of the Arts offering and the Full Book Festival Subscription.

Also be sure to check out our new Chapter and Verse series featuring brunch and conversation as we hear from contemporary Jewish authors on relevant issues of today.

Afterword is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

For more information, please contact Amy Rahmani at or 713.595.8187.