A Moveable Feast & Community Book Clubs

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Each session: $35 public; $30 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 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.
 
by Anne Boyd Rioux 
Friday, February 28
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Randi Tanglen
 
by Louise Erdrich
Thursday, April 2
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Jaina Sanga 
 
by Colum McCann 
Thursday, April 16
Conversation facilitated by Rabbi David Stern 
and Imam Omar Suleiman
 
by Sue Monk Kidd
Wednesday, May 20
Conversation facilitated by Kathleen Kent
 
 

Book Club Moderators:

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.”
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.
Rabbi David Stern has served Temple Emanu-El since 1989, and as Senior Rabbi since 1996. He is Immediate Past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the international rabbinic organization of Reform Judaism. A social justice advocate, Rabbi Stern participated in a study mission to the Darfuri refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border in 2005, and served as rabbi-in-residence for a national study mission to Nicaragua in 2013. Locally, Rabbi Stern helps lead Temple Emanu-El in its historic commitment to making Dallas a better city for all its citizens. In 2017, Rabbi Stern received the Elbert M. Conover Award from the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contributions to the architectural renewal of Temple Emanu-El. Rabbi Stern's commentaries have appeared in the Huffington Post and Haaretz.  His poetry has been published in the CCAR Journal, and he has contributed essays to four volumes on Jewish High Holiday liturgy published by Jewish Lights Press.  Rabbi Stern is married to Rabbi Nancy Kasten, and they have three children.  An avid sports fan, Rabbi Stern knows too much about the New York Yankees and not enough about several more important matters.
 
Imam Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. He is the founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an adjunct professor of Islamic studies in the graduate liberal studies program at SMU. He is co-chair emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanksgiving Square and was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan. 
 
Kathleen Kent is the author of three bestselling and awardwinning historical novels—"The Heretic’s Daughter," "The Traitor’s Wife," and "The Outcasts." Her fourth book, titled "The Dime," is a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas. It has been nominated for “Best Novel" by both the Edgar Awards and the Nero Awards, and the "New York Times" picked "The Dime" as one of their “Latest and Greatest” in crime fiction. The sequel to "The Dime," titled "The Burn," will be published in February 2020.
 

"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