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 31st season in 2022.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 6/17/22

Virtual Event: Annalee Newitz

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. CDT 

This event has transitioned to a fully virtual format.

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. 



A Moveable Feast Book Club featuring "The Annotated Arabian Nights" and "Cartier and Islamic Art"

Tuesday, May 24, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Experience the DMA’s dazzling exhibition Cartier and Islamic Art through the unique lens of the Arabian Nights, the most influential collection of stories in world literature. Delve into the lavish illustrations and experience the rich historical context of an "electric new translation" by Yasmine Seale and edited by Paulo Horta.   

The book discussion will be led by Dr. Jaina Sanga, author, literary scholar, and Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities. Enjoy conversation, hors d'oeuvres, and a dramatic reading by Dallas actor Maryam Obaidullah Baig. Wrap up the evening with an immersive private tour of the Cartier exhibition, which includes illustrations by Léon Carré and Edmond Dulac from the 1904 translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and of course, Cartier jewels and designs inspired by materials from India, Iran, and the Arab lands.  


Virtual Event: Akwaeke Emezi

Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. CDT
In conversation with Eva Arreguin
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. 

An Evening with Nigella Lawson

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall  

Internationally renowned food writer, journalist, and TV cook Nigella Lawson is the bestselling author of 12 books, which have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. 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. 

Join us for an evening with 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. Whether asking “what is a recipe?” or declaring death to the “guilty pleasure,” she brings her wisdom about food and life to the fore. 

“Food, for me, is a constant pleasure: I like to think greedily about it, reflect deeply on it, learn from it; it provides comfort, inspiration, meaning and beauty.” —Nigella Lawson