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. The series is celebrating its 30th season in 2021.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 9/24/21

Virtual Event: Liane Moriarty

Monday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. CDT
In conversation with Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation  
Recording available through October 4
Liane Moriarty, the beloved bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers and Big Little Lies, returns with Apples Never Fall, a compelling mystery rife with humorous social commentary that weaves together thrilling suspense, the complexities of a long-term marriage, and the challenges of sibling rivalry. From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. Former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are parents to four adult children; however, when Joy disappears, her children are forced to reexamine their parents’ marriage and their family history with fresh eyes.
Liane Moriarty is the author of nine novels, which have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 40 languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The television adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers premieres on Hulu in mid-August, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy. Heyday Television has secured the rights to Apples Never Fall in a highly competitive bidding war. 

Virtual Event: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. CDT
In conversation with author Danielle Evans 
Recording available through October 19
Hailed as “simply magnificent” (The Washington Post), The Love Songs of  W. E. B. Du Bois by acclaimed poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a multigenerational epic told through the modern lens of Ailey Pearl Garfield, a brilliant, compelling, and complicated young woman. Ailey bears the names of two formidable Black Americans—the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers. As she attempts to carve out her own identity, she is faced with unraveling the complex history of her family, spanning from the colonial slave trade and the removal of Indigenous peoples, through the Civil War, to the present day. Love Songs is a love letter to Black women interwoven with a formidable chronicle of African American history. Jeffers is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry. The Age of Phillis, her most recent collection, won the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Literary Work and was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry.


Virtual Event: Richard Antoine White

Monday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. CDT
Recording available through October 25
From the streets of Baltimore to the halls of the New Mexico Philharmonic, a musician shares his remarkable story in I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream.
Growing up, Richard Antoine White and his mother, who struggled with alcoholism, sometimes lacked basic needs such as shelter. Upon joining the school band at age 12, Richard discovers a sense of purpose; taking up the tuba feels like something that belongs to him. While navigating racial and socioeconomic disparities, he eventually becomes the first African American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance and lands coveted spots as principal tubist in several orchestras. I'm Possible is a memoir about dreaming big, impossible dreams and making them come true.

Live Event: Margaret Verble

Monday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. CDT
In conversation with Dr. Theresa Gaul, TCU
Recording available through November 8
Louise Erdrich meets Karen Russell in this deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble. Set in 1926 Nashville, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries. A historic novel based on meticulous research, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky is quickly gaining buzz as a “beautifully written story [that] will linger with readers." (Booklist, STARRED review).
Margaret Verble is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her first novel, Maud's Line, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and her second novel, Cherokee America, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Rescheduled: David Sedaris

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Location: 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 pre-eminent humor writers, David Sedaris returns to Dallas for the eleventh 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. His latest collection, A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020), will be published in early October 2021. Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life.

Rescheduled: Yotam Ottolenghi

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Location: 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.