Season at a Glance 2022

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You can purchase tickets and watch event recordings at your convenience for two weeks after each event date, unless otherwise noted.

July 2022

Live Event: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.
Horchow Auditorium
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, acclaimed author of Mexican Gothic, returns with The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, a dreamy reimagining of H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau, set against the backdrop of 19th-century Mexico.  

Living on a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula, are Carlota Moreau, the only daughter of a researcher who is either a genius or a madman, Montgomery Laughton, an outcast who assists Dr. Moreau with his experiments, and the hybrids, the fruits of the doctor’s labor. Their perfectly balanced, static world is jolted by the abrupt arrival of the charming and careless son of Dr. Moreau’s patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction. 

August 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium 

Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, returns with The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across generations. An experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma allows poet laureate Dorothy Moy to intimately connect with past generations of women, including Faye Moy, a nurse in China, and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America. 

September 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
Alive with the magic of 18th-century Amsterdam, The House of Fortune is an enchanting stand-alone companion novel to the sensational New York Times bestseller The Miniaturist, which was adapted to the screen as a PBS Masterpiece miniseries. A feat of sweeping, magical storytelling, this captivating novel is about love and obsession, family and loyalty, secrets and dreams, and one young woman’s determination to rule her own destiny.
Friday, September 16
Medellin Late Night
As part of Late Night: Celebrating Octavio Medellín, 2022 Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez will lead a FREE bilingual Spanish and English poetry workshop drawing inspiration from the DMA’s Medellín exhibition. Writer, educator, and activist Lupe Mendez is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila, winner of the 2019 John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters.
Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
From Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout comes Lucy by the Sea, a poignant novel that follows the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton through the early days of the pandemic. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband, William. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us—the pain of a beloved daughter’s suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love.
Thursday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
In Chinese, the word for America, “Mei Guo,” translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994, full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal.” This New York Times Notable Book is “a potent testament to the love, curiosity, grit, and hope of a courageous and resourceful immigrant child” (Kirkus, starred review).

October 2022

Monday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove and Anxious People) returns with the long-awaited conclusion to his beloved Beartown series, which inspired an HBO series of the same name. The Winners starts with a storm, a death, and two funerals on the same day, a series of events that reignites an old rivalry between two towns and explores questions of what it means to win, what it means to lose, and what it means to forgive.
Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
Dubbed the “anthropologist from Mars” (Oliver Sacks), Temple Grandin transforms awareness of the different ways our brains are wired in Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions, a landmark book that reveals, celebrates, and advocates for the special minds and contributions of visual thinkers. Grandin helps us understand how a world increasingly geared to the verbal tends to sideline visual thinkers, and she proposes new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers. 
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
Renowned photographer Laura Wilson presents revealing glimpses into the everyday lives of literary luminaries such as Rachel Cusk, Edwidge Danticat, David McCullough, Haruki Murakami, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the late Carlos Fuentes, among others. Margaret Atwood works in her garden. Tim O’Brien performs magic tricks for his family. And Louise Erdrich, who contributes an introduction, speaks with customers in her Minneapolis bookstore. Inviting and poignant, The Writers: Portraits reflects on writing and photography’s shared concerns with invention, transformation, memory, and preservation. 
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium
Join a Big D Reads community book club discussion of The Accommodation by Jim Schutze, recently reprinted by Deep Vellum. Schutze illuminates the mid-century history of Dallas, centered on the civic response to the bombing of Black citizens’ homes, and the ongoing housing crisis that traces its roots to the Civil War and Jim Crow. Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, joins Schutze in this important conversation, with vocalist Albion Josiah providing musical accompaniment.

November 2022

Monday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium

Enjoy an evening of laughter and literature in this time-honored tradition of story time for adults. Featured actors include Oscar SeungRegina Taylor, and Michael Urie reading the following stories: “I Thought I Would Have Accomplished a Lot More Today and Also by the Time I Was Thirty-Five” by Alex Baia, “Before” by Simon Han, “Racial Injustice” by Sanderia Faye, “Deers” by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and “Clickety-Clack the Christmas Cockroach” by Michael Merschel.

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall
Enjoy an evening with internationally renowned food writer, journalist, and TV cook Nigella Lawson as she shares the rhythms and rituals of the kitchen and reflects on how the process of cooking, eating, and repeating embodies the story of her life. Her latest book, Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories, is a gratifying addition to her beloved collection, leading us through a delicious and delightful combination of recipes and stories all about food. 
We are thrilled to announce Louise Penny as part of the Fall 2022 lineup. 
The DMA will be one of only three US events for A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES!
A World of Curiosities, the eighteenth book in Louise Penny’s #1New York Times beloved series, features Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the denizens of the Quebec village Three Pines. Louise Penny is also the coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.

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.