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

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
Community Partner: Girls Empowerment Network

Event will take place at Rice University - Herring 100 - with open seating.
Herring Hall is located in the center of the Rice University campus, on the Inner Loop campus shuttle route.  All campus shuttles are free and available for public use (  We advise arriving early to allow time for campus construction and parking.  Convenient, paid parking is available in the Central Campus Garage, most accessible from campus entrances 4 on Main St and 20 on Rice Blvd.  All lots are credit card entry.  A map of the campus is available at

$10 Per Person

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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.