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

For the Love of Mah Jongg, Featuring Fern Bernstein

Author of Mah Jongg MondaysFern Bernstein
Sunday, Jan 12 | 11:00 AM 

Bam, Crak, Dot. If these words are part of your vocabulary, then this is a morning you won’t want to miss! In her inspirational debut memoir, middle-class suburban wife and mother of three, Fern Bernstein hosts weekly Mah Jongg games which provide the setting for deep-seated relationships.  Bernstein will take us on her personal journey around her Mah Jongg table where she found support, strength and formed enduring friendships.  

Following the presentation join your friends for a lovely brunch, sip on a mimosa and play Mah Jongg.

There are several ways to enjoy this day:

Author Talk Only: $11
Author Talk Plus Copy of Mah Jongg Mondays Book: $23
Author Talk Plus Copy of Mah Jongg Mondays Book Plus Lunch and Mah Jongg Play: $36

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Taylor Lustig

Taylor LustigYes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 | 7:30 PM
In collaboration with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University

These women came of age in the Obama Era and joined Obama’s White House, ready to change the world. Yes She Can is full of wisdom and a message about the need for more women in government. See ten inspirational stories from young women who rose to the challenge.

Taylor Lustig served as a Policy Advisor for the White House Office and holds a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Patron Sponsors: Sherry & Gerald Merfish

Judith Viorst

Judith ViorstNearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life
Monday, May 4, 2020 | 1:00 PM

The newest illustrated poetry collection in bestselling author Judith Viorst’s “decade” series, explores with wisdom and humor, what it means to be an impending nonagenarian. Accompanied by Laura Gibson’s whimsical illustrations, Nearing Ninety’s amusing and touching reflections make this collection relatable to readers of all ages.

Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; the Lulu books; The New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults.

Patron Sponsors: Bunny & Perry Radoff and Leah Stolar & Bruce Kessler

Author Talk Only: Member $6 | Public $9
Author Talk Plus Book Bundle: $17

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All authors featured in the Afterword are ticketed events. Sales fee is included in the price.

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.