Ann and Stephen Kaufman
Jewish Book & Arts Festival

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November 6-16, 2021

49 Years of Authors, Music, Theatre & Films

We are celebrating our 49-year tradition of connecting community through authors, music, theatre and film! Enjoy exciting content from our star-studded line-up, featuring celebrity memoirs, international authors, debut novelists, children and parenting experts. While we look forward to seeing everyone for a ‘return to an in-person’ Festival, there will be several different options for you to experience our events. Support the J by purchasing your books online through our online store or during the Festival at the Jack Lapin Bookstore

Our Authors in Conversation @ Home series brings literary events to you all year long.

Follow #JHouBookFest on FacebookInstagram & TwitterSupport the J by purchasing your books online through or during the Festival at the Jack Lapin Bookstore

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About the Festival

General Information
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For Publishers and Authors 

Health & Safety
We are working closely with our Medical Advisory Committee to develop our health and safety guidelines for Book Festival. Masks will be required at each event. Most theatre capacities will be at 50% with seats spread out throughout the theatre. Some events (Opening Night, Community Read, Leah Garrett event, and Closing Night) have theater capacities set at 75%. For those events there will be open seats in the theater, but there will not be space between each group of seats. Social distancing will also be practiced in the lobby and in book-signing lines. Click here to view Book Festival Health & Safety Guidelines.

Purchase Tickets & Subscriptions

ONLINE | BY PHONE: 713.729.3200 
IN-PERSON: Visit the Information Desk or Box Office 30 minutes prior to the start of a program
The Box Office is going cashless this year! We accept all major credit cards and checks.

Advance ticket purchase recommended. 
All events in the Kaplan Theatre will be reserved seating. Reserve or purchase your tickets early to ensure a seat.

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Purchase a Book Festival Subscription

Full Festival Subscriptions give access to all programs.
$88 Member | $130 Public 

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Pick 3 Subscription for access to three programs.
$26 Member | $39 Public 

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Ticket reservations required for each event. Access subject to availability for in-person programs. 

Purchase a Premium Ticket

Includes a book that can be picked up at the bookstore anytime during the Festival. Premium tickets are found within the tickets for each author. For events in the Kaplan Theatre, after you select your seat, you will see an option to change the price level in red. Select that to change the ticket type to a Premium Ticket. 

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Underwritten By

Underwritten by the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation
Supported by the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Patron of the Arts, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and The Maurice Amado Foundation 


Jewish Federation of Greater Houston United Way   Houston Arts Alliance & City of Houston Logos Jewish Book Council Logo


Venue Hosts

Community Partners

Hebrew Speakers Organization (HSPO) 

Jewish Feminist Reading Group



For more information, please contact Amy Rahmani at or 713.595.8197.