45th Annual Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival

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Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobolowsky Photo courtesy of DMA Arts & Letters Live

The Ann and Stephen Jewish Book & Arts Festival is a two-week mecca of arts and culture that includes not only literary excellence but a live concert, theater, films, an art exhibit, a book store, culinary events, and Oliver Lapin Family Day.

Stephen Tobolowsky returns to his Texas roots and takes the stage to open the festival. The actor/author has more than 250 credits to his name. Some of his most famous roles come from both comedies and dramas from Groundhog Day to Mississippi Burning. Toblolowsky discusses his new book, My Adventures with God, a funny, introspective collection about love, catastrophe and triumph, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.”

This year’s festival brings more than 20 authors to the stage including Linda Hirshman (Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World), Glenn Frankel (High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic), and two former Houstonians, Stacy Middleman (Dear Cancer, Love Stacy) and Rabbi Evan Moffic (The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Was to Live Today). Musical icon, Steve Dorff, closes out the festival. Having penned dozens of Top 10 hits for pop and country artists around the world, Dorff is one of the most successful American songwriters and composers of the last 25 years. He chronicles his four decades behind the scenes in his new book, I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney.

For a full schedule of events, go to the festival website.

Event Details


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Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096

Ticket Info

Opening night is free; $10-$18 for other events. $80-$110 for full series pass.