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.

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We are actively working to reschedule these cancelled events. More details will be sent to ticketholders soon with updates and options.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 4/8/20

CANCELLED: Esther Safran Foer

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Ticketholders will receive more information soon. 

Promotional Partner: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, a poignant memoir by Esther Safran Foer, is her account of growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust, a tragedy that loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. When Foer learns that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust, she travels to the Ukraine, armed with only a black-and-white photo and a hand-drawn map, determined to find the shtetl where her father hid to survive during the war.

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CANCELLED: A Moveable Feast Book Club: Apeirogon

Thursday, April 16, 11:45 a.m.

We are actively working to reschedule this event. More details will be sent to ticketholders soon with updates and options.

Join fellow book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Cook Boardroom as you enjoy the opportunity to delve more deeply into Colum McCann’s sweeping tour de force Apeirogon. The conversation will be facilitated by Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and head of the international rabbinic organization of the Reform Movement and co-leader Imam Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. Please note that this is a book discussion, not an author event.

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CANCELLED: Paulette Jiles

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

We are actively working to reschedule this event. More details will be sent to ticketholders soon with updates and options.

Paulette Jiles, the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women, returns to Texas in this atmosphereic story. Set at the end of the Civil War, Simon the Fiddler chronicles the life of an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart. Told in Jile's trademark spare yet lilting style, the book is a captivating, bittersweet tale of the chances a devoted man will take and the lengths he will go to fulfill his heart's yearning. 

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RESCHEDULED: A Moveable Feast Book Club: The Night Watchman

Thursday, April 23, noon
We are excited to announce that Dr. Jaina Sanga has agreed to lead a virtual Moveable Feast book club discussion of Louise Erdrich's The Night Watchman on Thursday, April 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m. All purchased tickets have been transferred to that date. 

Join fellow book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Cook Boardroom as you enjoy the opportunity to delve more deeply into Louise Erdrich’s new book about Native politics in the 1950s, The Night Watchman. The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Jaina Sanga, who is the author of three works of fiction and a literary scholar who serves on the Board of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture; she is also a Fellow of the Institute. Please note that this is a book discussion, not an author event.

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CANCELLED: Colum McCann

Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

We are actively working to reschedule this event. More details will be sent to ticketholders soon with updates and options.

National Book Award winner Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives. Their worlds shift irreparably after their young daughters are killed—Abir by a rubber bullet and Smadar the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

 

 
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CANCELLED: Sue Monk Kidd

Monday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

We are actively working to reschedule this event. More details will be sent to ticketholders soon with updates and options.

 
Location: First United Methodist Church
 
The Book of Longings, the new novel from Sue Monk Kidd, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees, is an extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny in a time of great despair and great hope. It opens with “I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.” Kidd says, “I wanted to portray Jesus as fully human. Writing from a novelist’s perspective and not a religious one, I was drawn to his humanity, which can often be overlooked. Ana wandered into my imagination and I couldn’t ignore her.” Ana is a seeker with a brilliant mind and daring spirit. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the 18-year-old Jesus, he awakens both her intellect and her heart. 
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CANCELLED: A Moveable Feast Book Club: The Book of Longings

Wednesday, May 20, 11:45 a.m.

We are actively working to reschedule this event. More details will be sent to ticketholders soon with updates and options.

Join fellow book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Cook Boardroom as you enjoy the opportunity to delve more deeply into Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings, a meticulously researched yet imaginative new novel set during the life and times of Jesus in 1st-century Nazareth. Kidd focuses on Jesus’s humanity, which is often overlooked, and tells the story of Ana, a seeker with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. Jesus becomes a floodgate for her intellect and awakens her heart, and she becomes his wife. The conversation will be facilitated by Kathleen Kent, the author of three bestselling and award-winning historical novels, as well as The Dime and The Burn, contemporary crime novels set in Dallas. Please note that this is a book discussion, not an author event.

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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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RESCHEDULED: Erik Larson

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.

Location: First United Methodist Church

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.

 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

Friday, October 30, 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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