Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. The series is recognized for its creative multidisciplinary programming—combining literature with visual arts, music, and film—and for commissioning new work from musicians, dancers, and poets, inspired by works of art in the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Format: 6/30/17

Kwame Alexander

Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.

Poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander kicks off summer reading with his latest book, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. A strategy guide written with middle grade readers in mind but motivational for all ages, The Playbook “rules” contain wisdom from inspiring role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, Lebron James, and more. The author of 21 books, Alexander received the 2015 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor for his book The Crossover

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Bestselling and award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer returns with Here I Am, a book about a family who, prompted by a catastrophic earthquake in the Middle East, is compelled to evaluate their current situation living in the United States. With his distinct ability to impel readers toward self-reflection, Foer asks us to contemplate how we fuse our various roles in society to build an identity that is uniquely our own. Foer’s previous novels include Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and the nonfiction book Eating Animals.

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Chuck Klosterman

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Chuck Klosterman’s recent book But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past speculates on the likelihood that many universally accepted cultural and scientific beliefs will someday seem absurd. The answers to his straightforward questions are interwoven with Klosterman’s iconic humor and nontraditional analysis and include insights from a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, among others. Klosterman will also discuss his forthcoming book, Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century, which is composed of articles and essays from the past decade, including keystone pieces about Breaking Bad, Taylor Swift, Tom Brady, and many more cultural figures. He is the bestselling author of seven nonfiction books including the cult classic Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

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The Art and Life of Frida Kahlo with biographer Hayden Herrera

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

Art historian, critic, and biographer Hayden Herrera talks about her book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, sharing insights into the art and life of this renowned artist. Additionally, Herrera will discuss Kahlo’s paintings that express anguish over her broken body and multiple surgeries, her passion for Mexico, and finally the joy Frida Kahlo took in nature. 

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Terry Tempest Williams

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.

In her first-ever Dallas appearance, Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author of the environmental classic Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World, discusses her latest book, The Hour of the Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. Williams examines what the parks mean to us and what we mean to them. “Our national parks are breathing spaces, in a time when we’re all holding our breath,” she says. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of the Land is a meditation on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

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Kathy Reichs

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.

Kathy Reichs is the author of 18 New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. A forensic anthropologist, Reichs’ own life and her hit crime novels are the basis for Bones, one of Fox network’s longest-running series. At this event, she will talk about her new stand-alone thriller, Two Nights. After years of running from her dark past, the novel’s protagonist, Sunday Night, is pushed out of isolation and forced to confront her demons when a girl goes missing in the chaos of a bomb explosion. 

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Lawrence Wright

Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Lawrence Wright’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Looming Tower established him as a leading journalist writing about terrorism in the Middle East. His latest publication, The Terror Years, is a collection of ten powerful pieces originally published in the New Yorker that examine the evolution of terror in the Middle East, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS. 

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