Season at a Glance 2020-2021

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December 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: Maggie O'Farrell
Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Kate Mosse, co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 
Set in 1580 as the Black Death creeps across England, Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell, is a luminous portrait of Shakespeare's marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time. The end of days is near, but life always goes on in this national bestseller and winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.  
“All too timely. . . . [I]nspired. . . . [An] exceptional historical novel.” —The New Yorker  
Monday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. 
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Dave Barry, lauded as “the funniest man in America” by the New York Times, ponders how to enjoy his later years in his latest book, Lessons from Lucy. As Dave Barry turns 70—not happily—he begins to wonder how his rescue dog has managed to remain joyous even in her old age. Taking lessons from Lucy on how to age happily, Barry embarks on new adventures, and embraces growing, learning, and loving along the way. The master humorist has written a witty and affable guide to joyous living at any age. 

January 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Rescheduled event from April 28, 2020
In conversation with Rabbi David Stern
National Book Award winner Colum McCann's most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives. Their worlds shift irreparably after their young daughters are killed- Abir by a rubber bullet and Smadar the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.
Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Dr. Dennis Kratz
In partnership with the Center for Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas and the annual Anlin Ku Lecture
Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction and soon to be a Hulu series, Interior Chinatown is an inventive and personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. The author of four novels, Charles Yu also writes for HBO's Westworld.

"One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire."—The Washington Post

February 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.
Organizational psychologist, TED speaker, and podcast host Adam Grant is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take. He is an expert at opening other people's minds–and our own. In our daily lives, we listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. Think Again examines the critical art of rethinking. With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, Grant investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, and build communities of lifelong learners. 

"In an increasingly divided world, the lessons in this book are more important than ever."—Bill and Melinda Gates 

VIRTUAL EVENT: Kristin Hannah
Wednesday February 10, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Sarah Bird
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love, heroism, and hope amidst the Great Depression. Set in Texas during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, The Four Winds depicts an indomitable woman who must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. It is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream.
Kristin Hannah is the author of more than 20 novels, including the international blockbuster The Nightingale, which sold more than 2 million copies and was voted a best book of the year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, and the Wall Street Journal.   
Saturday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.
In partnership with KERA
Selected Shorts returns to Arts & Letters Live with a tribute to Toni Morrison whose fierce, poetic visions articulated deep truths about the nature of racial injustice in America. Hosted by award-winning author Yaa Gyasi (Homegoing, Transcendent Kingdom), actors will include Emmy Award-winning Joe Morton (Rowan/Eli Pope in Scandal), Tony Award-winning Anika Noni Rose (Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere), and Atandwa Kani (Black Panther) who will come together to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of this Nobel Prize winner with performances from her novels, essays, and short stories. 
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Lily King ’s Writers & Lovers follows Casey—a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist—in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions is challenged in ways that push her to the brink. Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad tells an exuberant and entertaining story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure—and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.    

“Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?” —The Los Angeles Times 

“Writers & Lovers is exactly the book we need now. Witty and heartfelt. . . . I could not stop reading.” —Judy Blume 

MARCH 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
From bestselling author Anne Lamott comes Dusk, Night, Dawn, an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy while grappling with the thorny issues of life. How can we cope as bad news piles up and we stumble through dark times that seem increasingly bleak? We begin, she says, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity. Drawing from her own experiences, Lamott shows us the intimate and human ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns ahead for all of us. Full of the honesty, humor, and humanity that have made Lamott beloved by millions of readers, Dusk, Night, Dawn is thoughtful and comic, warm and wise.
VIRTUAL EVENT: Kazuo Ishiguro
Sunday, March 7, 5:00 p.m.
In partnership with Inprint
Hailed by the New York Times as “an original and remarkable genius” and by the Independent as “a master storyteller,” Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Booker Prize. His novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than two million copies. At this event, he will discuss his new novel Klara and the Sun, about an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational skills, who closely watches the behavior of the humans she can see from her place in a department store, hoping one day to be chosen by one. Ultimately, this novel explores one of life’s fundamental questions: what does it mean to love?  

MAY 2021

Rescheduled Live Event: David Sedaris
Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University
In partnership with KERA 
All purchased tickets have been transferred to the rescheduled date.
One of America’s preeminent humor writers, David Sedaris returns to Dallas for the eleventh consecutive year to read new and unpublished material. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris is the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977–2002), among many others. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times bestseller. Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life.
Rescheduled Live Event: Yotam Ottolenghi
Monday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall 
In conversation with Chad Houser, Cafe Momentum Founder/CEO/Executive Chef
For renowned chef and New York Times–bestselling cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi, food is about more than what we eat. It is about joy, pleasure, and surprise. It is about a sense of place, home, and community. In his latest cookbook, Flavor, this international culinary influencer reveals how flavor is created and amplified through more than 100 innovative, delicious plant-based recipes; he also oversees the photography himself. His revolutionary approach to vegetable cooking showcases low-effort, high-impact dishes designed for the relaxed cook. Based in London, Ottolenghi spends much of his time creating and testing recipes for his weekly column in the Guardian and his monthly column in the New York Times. Six London restaurants, nine bestselling cookbooks, and millions of devotees of the “Ottolenghi effect” have transformed the Israeli-British chef into the leader of a culinary juggernaut. 


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Arts & Letters Live's 30th Anniversary Season Kickoff and virtual programs presented by PNC. Arts& Letters Live is supported by Annual Season Supporters, the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts, and the McGee Foundation Arts & Letters Live Endowment Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional major support provided by The Hersh Foundation. The Fairmont Hotel Dallas is the exclusive hotel partner for the 2021 Arts & Letters Live series. Promotional support provided by KERA.