Season at a Glance 2022

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January 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Hamon Atrium and Horchow Auditorium
Enjoy an intimate and immersive Arts & Letters Live evening featuring the DMA’s stunning exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves 

The evening will begin with a 45-minute tasting class in the Hamon Atrium featuring the culinary riches of Provence. Ignite your senses with a sampling of the olives, cheeses, olive oils and wines of southern France, characterized by the aromatic herbs that grow wild in this area. Scardello Artisan Cheese Head Monger Rich Rogers and Sommelier Marco Villegas will guide this culinary journey. 

Following the tasting, Dr. Nicole R. Myers, Interim Chief Curator and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Senior Curator of European Art, will lead an in-depth discussion in Horchow Auditorium of Van Gogh’s striking series of olive grove paintings. Produced during the artist’s yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Van Gogh’s olive groves comprise one of his most ambitious, yet least well known, series. In her talk, Dr. Myers will explore the intensely personal and spiritual meaning the motif held for the artist, while tracing his shifting motivations and stylistic approaches across all 15 paintings in the series.  

Close the evening with a self-guided tour of Van Gogh and the Olive Groves with Dr. Myers, who will be in the exhibition gallery to field audience questions.

Virtual Event: Isabel Allende
Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. CST
Isabel Allende’s sweeping new novel tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans 100 years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the 20th century. 

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. Her life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and, ultimately, not one but two pandemics. 

Telling her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others, recounting times of devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.

February 2022

Live Event: Brendan Slocumb
Tuesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. CST
The Violin Conspiracy is a riveting page-turner about a Black classical musician’s desperate quest to recover his lost violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world. Nothing will stop Ray McMillian from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the classical music world.  

When he discovers that his great-great-grandfather’s fiddle is a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. But when the violin is stolen right before the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition, both his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-great-grandfather claim that the instrument is theirs. Ray doesn’t know who to trust—or whether he will ever see his beloved violin again. 

Live Event: Daniel Pink
Tuesday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. CST
Daniel Pink’s latest book, The Power of Regret, illustrates how the most misunderstood human emotion can be the pathway to our best life.
Regrets are a fundamental part of our lives, but if we reckon with them in fresh and imaginative ways, we can enlist our regrets to make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and deepen our sense of meaning and purpose. Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology, Pink debunks the myth of the “no regrets” philosophy of life and lays out a dynamic new way of thinking about regret. With Pink’s signature blend of big ideas and practical takeaways, captivating stories and crisp humor, The Power of Regret offers an urgent and indispensable guide for a life well lived. 

March 2022

Tuesday, , 7:30 p.m. CST
In conversation with Melissa Harrison
Told from alternating perspectives, co-authors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza deliver We Are Not Like Them, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event. It is a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives. At its heart, We Are Not Like Them is a story of enduring friendship—a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges.  

Christine Pride—writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran—has published a range of books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, and podcast host whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalMarie Claire, Glamour, and other notable publications. 

Live Event: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. CST
The trenchant follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail. Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that cements Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.  
Live Event: Brad Meltzer
Monday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Brad Meltzer returns with The Lightning Roda hugely entertaining, highly anticipated follow-up to The Escape Artist.   

Mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That detail leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers a dead man’s involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life—so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning. As Zig and his investigative partner follow Nola’s trail, they discover one of the US government’s most intensely guarded secrets, which holds the key to something even more sinister.

April 2022

Live Event: Michelle Zauner
Sunday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. CDT
Acclaimed Grammy-nominated indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, Michelle Zauner delivers an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity in Crying in H Mart.  

As she grew up, Michelle’s Koreanness began to feel ever more distant. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was 25, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread. 

Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Experience the DMA’s Slip Zone exhibition presented as an original commissioned suite of dance through the dazzling vision of Joy Bollinger, Artistic Director of Bruce Wood Dance. Traveling through the dripping lines and pulsing hues, the Slip Zone Suite explores the journey of the Abstract Expressionists through the lens of dynamic movement relationships. In a series of solos, duets, and ensembles, the dances capture the vivid swirls of color, the bursts of shape, and the serenity of monochrome. 

Joy Bollinger has performed in more than 50 works with Bruce Wood Dance before taking the helm as Artistic Director. A distinguished choreographer, her work Carved in Stone “stunned audiences and critics with its lyricism” according to the Dallas Morning News.

Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University
In partnership with KERA 

All purchased tickets have been transferred to the NEW rescheduled 2022 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), Calypso, among many others. Carnival of Snackery, 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.

Live Event: Don Winslow
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. CDT
From Don Winslow, the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cartel Trilogy, The Force, and Broken, comes City on Fire, the first novel in an epic new triad.   

When a beautiful modern-day Helen of Troy comes between two criminal empires, a war is launched that will see them kill each other, destroy an alliance, and set a city on fire. Danny Ryan yearns for a more “legit” life and a place in the sun, but to save the friends he loves and the family he has sworn to protect, he becomes a leader, a ruthless strategist, and a master of a treacherous game. From the gritty streets of Providence to the glittering screens of Hollywood to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, Danny Ryan will forge a dynasty.  

May 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall 
In conversation with Chad Houser, Cafe Momentum Founder/CEO/Executive Chef

All purchased tickets have been transferred to the NEW rescheduled 2022 date.

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. 

Live Event: Annalee Newitz
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. CDT
In Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on a mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities with sophisticated civilizations: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, medieval Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, where East St. Louis is today. Through cutting-edge archaeological research, Newitz lends insight into how these cities and their populations may reveal something of our own fate. 
Live Event: Akwaeke Emezi
Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. CDT
A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and “one of our greatest living writers” (Shondaland), Akwaeke Emezi reimagines the love story in You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, a fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss. 

Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. It’s been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she’s almost a new person now. After a whirlwind summer, she’s started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance. Emezi’s vivid and passionate writing takes us deep into a world of possibility and healing, and the constant bravery of choosing love against all odds. 


All programs, participants, and venues are subject to change. All programs will take place virtually on the day they were launched, at 7:00 p.m. or at 7:30 p.m. for live programs unless otherwise noted. It is likely that more programs will be added and announced later on the website.

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Several programs have pre-event tours of the DMA’s collection that relate thematically to the book featured. See individual event pages for full information about art-related tours and special dinners before Arts & Letters Live events.

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 2022 Arts & Letters Live series. Promotional support provided by KERA.