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 29th season in 2020.

Book tickets online or email us at artsandletterslive@DMA.org.

We are actively working to reschedule several events that had to be cancelled. Ticket holders will receive updates by email when new information about each event is available.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 6/3/20

RESCHEDULED: Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt

Sunday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. available through June 14

In conversation with Cora Jakes Coleman

Written with grace and understanding and based on more than 20 in-depth interviews and stories, as well as personal reflections from Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt herself, The Gift of Forgiveness is about one of the most difficult challenges in life—learning to forgive. The book features experiences from those well known and unknown, including Elizabeth Smart, who learned to forgive her captors; Sue Klebold, whose son Dylan was one of the Columbine shooters, learning empathy and how to forgive herself; and Schwarzenegger Pratt’s challenges and path to forgiveness in her own life. 

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Virtual Summer Book Club: The Art of Gathering

Thursday, June 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Arts & Letters Live and the Crow Museum of Asian Art are teaming up to offer Summer Book Club 2020. Shared virtually, readers are invited to read together this summer and gather each month via Microsoft Teams video conference. Join us for commentary, connection, and togetherness, as well as the joy of reading. 

 

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Virtual Event: Conor Knighton

Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. through June 18

In conversation with Rhett Miller

CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Conor Knighton, author of the New York Times bestseller Leave Only Footprints, offers a behind-the-scenery look at his year traveling to each of America's National Parks, from Acadia to Zion, discovering the most beautiful places and most interesting people our country has to offer. View America through his unique lens, and indulge in its beautiful, captivating, hilarious, and inspiring glory. As his journey progresses, Knighton identifies the threads that tie these wildly different places together—and that tie us to nature—and reveals how his trip ended up changing his views on everything from God and love to politics and technology. A perfect armchair travel adventure!

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Virtual Event: Katherine Sharp Landdeck

Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. through June 30

In conversation with Alicia Morgan, Frontiers of Flight Museum

Promotional Partners: Frontiers of Flight Museum and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth

This discussion will be available to ticket holders live at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18, with a recording of the conversation available for viewing through June 30.

Join us online June 18 as historian Katherine Sharp Landdeck discusses her recent book The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. A fitting Memorial Day tribute, the book presents for the first time the untold full story of the pioneering female aviators who flew for the US military and helped the United States win World War II. The Women with Silver Wings is a riveting, big-hearted heroic narrative that brings these heroines—and their story—back in the spotlight.

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Virtual Summer Book Club: A Tale for the Time Being

Thursday, July 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Arts & Letters Live and the Crow Museum of Asian Art are teaming up to offer Summer Book Club 2020. Shared virtually, readers are invited to read together this summer and gather each month via Microsoft Teams video conference. Join us for commentary, connection, and togetherness, as well as the joy of reading. 

 

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Virtual Summer Book Club: Killing Commendatore

Thursday, August 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Arts & Letters Live and the Crow Museum of Asian Art are teaming up to offer Summer Book Club 2020. Shared virtually, readers are invited to read together this summer and gather each month via Microsoft Teams video conference. Join us for commentary, connection, and togetherness, as well as the joy of reading.

 

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RESCHEDULED: Lauren Akins

Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.
All purchased tickets have been transferred to the rescheduled date. Books will be available for pickup after the Museum reopens. Ticket holders will be notified when books are ready for pickup.

Join Lauren Akins this spring to celebrate her first book, Live in Love, a deeply personal love story of her modern family with longtime partner and childhood best friend, multi-PLATINUM-selling performer Thomas Rhett. 

In this hour-long moderated talk, Lauren will offer inspiring guidance from her own experiences on staying in love, balancing children and marriage, practicing faith, and living a life of purpose. Guests will get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her music star best friend and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. 

 

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Virtual Event: Erik Larson

Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. through September 17

In conversation with Krys Boyd of KERA 

Erik Larson, master of narrative nonfiction, delivers The Splendid and the Vile, a compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year, transporting readers to a time of true leadership, when—in the face when of unrelenting horror—Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. Larson’s bestselling books include The Devil in The White City and In the Garden of Beasts.

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RESCHEDULED: David Sedaris

Monday, May 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Location: McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University
Promotional Partner: KERA
All purchased tickets have been transferred to the rescheduled date.

One of America’s pre-eminent 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.

 
 
 
 
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