Non-Fiction

Afterword with Jamie Bernstein


Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Sunday, March 24 | 1:00 PM

Jamie Bernstein, the oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world. Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. She travels the world as a concert narrator. 

For more information, please contact Amy Rahmani at arahmani@erjcchouston.org or 713.595.8187.
When:
Mar 24, 2019
Cost:
$12 Member | $18 Public (senior discount available)
Time:
1:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
$12 Member | $18 Public (senior discount available)
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Chapter and Verse with Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz


The Path of the Prophets: The Ethics Driven Life
at the Merfish Teen Center | 9000 S. Rice, Houston 77096

Illuminating the ethical legacy of the biblical prophets, Path of the Prophets identifies the prophetic moment in the lives of 18 biblical figures and demonstrates their compelling relevance to us today. While the Bible almost exclusively names men as prophets, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz celebrates heroic, largely unknown biblical women such as Shiphrah, Tirzah, and Hannah.

Rabbi Schwartz is the director of The Jewish Publication Society and the spiritual leader of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey.
When:
Mar 17, 2019
Cost:
$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
Time:
10:30 am
Sunday Time & Price:
$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
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Beyond the Page Luncheon

The Houston Library Foundation Presents. the Beyond the Page Luncheon

The Hate U Give, is described as a literary ramrod that will be remembered as a classic. Angie Thomas will take us beyond the page with a presentation that brings alertness to the vibrant truths of our culture and social climate. The Hate U Give stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for over 50 weeks and was recently released as a motion picture.

Through advocacy and fundraising, the Houston Public Library Foundation supports the Houston Public Library’s wide range of initiatives with particular emphasis on its neighborhood libraries and their community programs.
When:
Apr 24, 2019
Cost:
$250
Time:
12:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
12 p.m., $250
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Chapter & Verse with Shachar M. Pinsker 


Chapter & Verse 
Sunday brunch and conversation as we hear from contemporary Jewish authors on relevant issues of today. 

Shachar M. Pinsker 
A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture
Sunday, Feb 10  | 10:30 AM  
at the Merfish Teen Center | 9000 S. Rice

Advanced Registration Required by Monday, Feb 4


Unlike the synagogue, the community center, or the Jewish deli, the café is rarely considered a Jewish space. Yet, coffeehouses profoundly influenced the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.

A Rich Brew explores the Jewish culture created in these social spaces, drawing on a vivid collection of newspaper articles, memoirs, archival documents, and photographs, as well as stories, novels, and poems in many languages set in cafés. 

Shachar M. Pinsker is an Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan.



$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
When:
Feb 10, 2019
Cost:
$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
Time:
10:30 am
Sunday Time & Price:
$25 Member | $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
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Zine Fest Houston 2018


This year the annual Zine Fest Houston event will be at Lawndale
Art Center on Saturday, November 17 from 12-6 PM! Zine Fest Houston 2018
is open to the public free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The theme of this year’s festival is WRESTLING!

2018 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE*

PROJECT SPACE
12:30-2:00
PM Screening of "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of
African-American Women in the Ring" by Chris Bournea (82 minutes)
2:00-3:00 PM Mockingbird Network Recording
3:00-4:00 PM Comedy and Agony: A History of Wrestling and Humor with Tex Lonestar of Doomsday Wrestling
4:00-5:00
PM Latinx Zinesters in Texas: A Reading & Discussion Featuring
Reyes Ramirez, Claudia Delfina Cardona and Yeiry Guevara, Moderated by S Rodriguez
5:00-6:00 PM Jennifer Mathieu: From Riot Grrrl to YA Author: How Zines Changed My Life and Birthed a Book!

CLASSROOM SPACE
1:00-3:00 PM Youth Zine-making Workshop
3:00-4:30 PM Détournement: Content Re-routing in Comics with Christopher Sperandio

OUTDOOR FRONT LAWN
4:05-4:20 PM Doomsday Wrestling Grudge Match

*All programming will take place on the 3rd Floor at Lawndale Art Center.

Featured food vendors at this year's fest include Moon Rooster Food Truck, Somos Semillas Vegan Kitchen, and Poodle Floss Cotton Candy!

SAFER SPACES POLICY
Zine
Fest Houston is FREE TO ALL, but please be aware that the festival has a
zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, classism, homophobia,
transphobia, ableism, ageism, or any other forms of discrimination and
abuse taken against members of our community such as theft of money or
property, physical, verbal, or mental abuse, sexual harassment,
inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors, disruptive or
disrespectful behavior, and causing a participant or attendee to feel
distressed or unsafe. We encourage everyone participating and attending
to help us hold the festival up to the standard we have set, and to
advise festival organizers if any issues arise in this regard during
ZFH. Thank you!

ABOUT ZINE FEST HOUSTON
Zine Fest Houston
(ZFH) is an annual, all-ages festival dedicated to promoting zines
(self-published magazines), mini-comics, and other forms of small press,
alternative and underground DIY media and art.

Admission is
always free and low cost table space is made available for creators,
writers, and artists involved in the creation, publication,
distribution, or promotion of alternative DIY media.

ZFH is the
sole event in Houston that specifically provides a platform for emerging
and established regional and national zine makers in the DIY community
to exchange new work and create meaningful relationships that lead to
productive collaboration.

For more information, please visit the Zine Fest Houston website at www.zinefesthouston.org or send an email to info@zinefesthouston.org.

When:
Nov 17, 2018
The Zine Fest Houston after party will be after the festival on Saturday, November 17th at Axelrad (1517 Alabama, Houston, TX 77004) starting at 7:30PM.
Cost:
Free
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE

"Climate Justice: The Time is Now, The Place is Here" with Elizabeth Yeampierre


Elizabeth Yeampierre, an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader, will deliver the 2018 Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights. Her lecture, “Climate Justice: The Time is Now, The Place is Here,” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Rothko Chapel, located at 3900 Yupon Street. Yeampierre is the executive director of UPROSE and co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Rothko Chapel and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas. To reserve your seat visit http://rothkochapel.org/experience/events/register/1547.

When:
Nov 29, 2018
Cost:
Free/Pay what you can
Time:
7:00 pm
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Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It

Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing.

Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we’ll discuss the elements of tension, from cliffhangers to pacing, from character motivation to story stakes. We’ll dissect some high-tension examples from published stories and participate in several writing exercises in order to put these elements to work. Bring a laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, share, and try new thing


When:
Jan 26, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Jaye EvansTIME: Saturday, January 26th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, January 21st: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, January 21st: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007LEVEL: All LevelsCAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Cost:
$45-$70
Time:
9:30 am
Sunday Time & Price:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM $45-$70
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Beginning Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Essayist Joan Didion wrote famously, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” and over the course of six weeks, workshop participants will be given tools to inspire and instruct them in writing their own unique life stories.

Essayist Joan Didion wrote famously, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” and over the course of six weeks, workshop participants will be given tools to inspire and instruct them in writing their own unique life stories. Together we will explore a broad range of stunning examples from the masters of memoir and personal essay, from James Baldwin to Scott Russell Sanders to Cheryl Strayed. Each week we will dedicate class time to generating new pieces, as well as to studying and practicing crucial elements of writing craft—from dialogue, to image, to writing through the senses, which poet/memoirist Mary Karr calls "sacred carnality." Through these weekly craft lessons, and by sharing our work with one another and with the instructor, we will gain new insights into our own creative processes and experiences.

When:
Jan 20, 2019 to Feb 24, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Cameron Dezen HammonTIME: Six Sundays, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, February 24th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 15th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Tuesday, January 15th: $240 members, $270 non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007LEVEL: Beginning and IntermediateCAP: Limited to 12 Writers
Cost:
$210- $270
Time:
11:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM $210-$270
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Rothko Chapel Open Letters


For his program Open Letters, artist Mark Menjivar will read aloud the letter of a Texas death row inmate. After reflection, Menjivar will facilitate a conversation with attendees about the complex issue of capital punishment. The program will be limited to 40 attendees and will be held on October 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross at Yupon. To register visit http://rothkochapel.org/experience/events/event/open-letters-with-mark-m... .

When:
Oct 10, 2018
Cost:
Suggested contribution of $10
Time:
7:00 pm
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2018 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing

Ends on September 15, 2018
Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2018 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. Surveying the scope of critical art writing today, the board, advisory board, and editors of Gulf Coast recognize the significant lack of venues and support for young and mid-career writers working across the United States. The Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to address this lacuna by bringing exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions.

Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Prize will consider submissions of work that has been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged, and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews and scholarly essays.

The contest awards $3,000 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner. Two runners up will be awarded $1,000 each. Prize winners will be featured in Gulf Coast's printed journal as well as online. This year's contest will be judged by Wendy Vogel, an independent writer, art critic and curator based in New York. A former editor at Art in America, Modern Painters and Flash Art
International, Vogel has taught at Rice University, University of Houston, The New School and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Deadline September 15, 2018
• The 2018 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing will be judged by Wendy
Vogel
• Previously unpublished work and work that has been published within the last year will
be considered.
• Submit one piece of critical art writing, of no more than 1,500 words, in a single .doc,
.docx, or .pdf file.
• The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your bio, your name, or any
contact information in the uploaded document. 
Due Date: Sep 15, 2018
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