A Moveable Feast & Community Book Clubs

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

A Moveable Feast

Each session: $40 public; $35 DMA Member/Educator/Student

Join fellow bibliophiles for lunch in the DMA's Cook Boardroom (unless otherwise noted) as you enjoy the opportunity to delve more deeply into a featured book. By reading and sharing insights together before or after hearing the author speak, we hope your experience will be even richer and more meaningful. Please note that these are book discussions, not author events. 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


10:30 a.m.

Community Book Club

Each session: Free; RSVP required - Big Thought in partnership with Arts & Letters Live

Join an insightful community discussion of Casey Gerald’s book There Will Be No Miracles Here led by Byron Sanders, President and CEO of Big Thought, a nonprofit that seeks to close the opportunity gap by providing accessible educational programs for children of all ages. Gerald’s compelling memoir There Will Be No Miracles Here reflects on his experiences in Dallas and Washington, at Yale, and beyond, and takes the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale and stands the American Dream narrative on its head.


      Book Club Moderators:

Dr. Jaina Sanga is the author of three works of fiction: a novel titled Silk Fish Opium; a book of short stories, Train to Bombay; and a book of novellas, Tourist Season. She is also a literary scholar and has published a book on Salman Rushdie. Sanga serves on the Board of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and is also a Fellow of the Institute. She is currently working on her fourth book of fiction, a detective novel set in India.

Dr. Randi Tanglen is Associate Professor of English, Director of the Gender Studies program, and Director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching at Austin College in Sherman. She teaches classes on women writers, protest literature, and 19th-century American literature. In 2012, she was named one of the Princeton Review’s “Top 300 Professors.”

Executive Director Amy Lewis Hofland leads the Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas, the preeminent museum in the southern United States dedicated to the arts and cultures of Asia. Hofland is a life-long student, devoted to her work at the museum and to creating a more compassionate society. She recently led the Dallas Arts District’s signing of the International Charter for Compassion and she chairs the Dallas Arts District Board.

Byron Sanders, President and CEO of Big Thought, is a committed advocate for education, economic development, and creating equitable communities throughout Dallas. Byron is a recipient of the 2014 Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders and its 2012 40 Under 40 awards. He has also been recognized as a Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau BIG Influencer, in Who’s Who in Black Dallas, Dallas Foundation Good Works Under 40, and as a TEDx speaker. In 2017, he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the program led by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Most recently he received the Parkland Foundation’s Community First Award.

"When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night—there’s all heaven and earth in a book."Christopher Morley 
by Salman Rushdie
Wednesday, September 11
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Jaina Sanga

There Will Be No Miracles Here
by Casey Gerald 
Saturday, September 28
Conversation facilitated by Byron Sanders
by Margaret Atwood
Friday, October 11
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Randi Tanglen

Autumn Light
by Pico Iyer
Wednesday, November 6
Conversation facilitated by Amy Lewis Hofland