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Book Festival: Community Read

Announcing the Community Read for the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival! Community Read is a book club for the entire community. We invite book clubs and individual readers to unite in a shared literary experience.

Brianna Labuskes, The Librarian of Burned Books
Monday, November 6
6:15 PM Dinner | 7:30 PM Author Event
Inspired by a true story during the WWII era, this captivating novel details the intertwined fates of three women.  Each with different backgrounds, locales and motives, these women find themselves working together to stop the censorship of the books being sent to troops who are fighting overseas. With the unifying belief that the power of books can triumph over the darkest moments of war, this story is an unforgettable testament to the beauty, power, and goodness of the written word.

Let us host your book club for a pre-event dinner!

Enjoy dinner with friends and have a photo opportunity with Brianna Labuskes. Pre-order a boxed dinner from Laykie’s Café at the J or bring your own, and we’ll provide the wine! When you reserve your seat in the theatre, you will be able to sign up for a spot at dinner, with options to reserve a boxed dinner and arrange for your group to sit together.

You can purchase the book in two ways to help support the J:

  1. Purchase the book online to be picked up at the J’s welcome desk.
  2. Purchase the book online through the J’s bookshop page and have it delivered.

Event Details

November 6, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


November 6, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096 United States
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