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: 12/8/21

Live Event: A Taste of Provence with Van Gogh

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Hamon Atrium and Horchow Auditorium  

Enjoy an intimate and immersive Arts & Letters Live evening featuring the DMA’s stunning exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves.  


Live Event:Christine Pride & Jo Piazza

Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. CST

In conversation with Melissa Harrison 

Told from alternating perspectives, co-authors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza deliver We Are Not Like Them, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event. It is a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives. At its heart, We Are Not Like Them is a story of enduring friendship—a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges.  

Christine Pride—writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran—has published a range of books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, and podcast host whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Glamour, and other notable publications.  


Virtual Event: Isabel Allende

Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. CST


Isabel Allende’s sweeping new novel tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans 100 years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the 20th century. 

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. Her life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and, ultimately, not one but two pandemics. 

Telling her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others, recounting times of devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional. 


Live Event: Brendan Slocumb

Tuesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. CST

Promotional Partners: Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Dallas Opera

The Violin Conspiracy is a riveting page-turner about a Black classical musician’s desperate quest to recover his lost violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world. Nothing will stop Ray McMillian from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the classical music world.  

When he discovers that his great-great-grandfather’s fiddle is a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. But when the violin is stolen right before the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition, both his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-great-grandfather claim that the instrument is theirs. Ray doesn’t know who to trust—or whether he will ever see his beloved violin again. 


Live Event: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. CST 


The trenchant follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed  follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail. Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that cements Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.  

“The literary event of the season.” Chicago Review of Books 




Live Event: Brad Meltzer

Monday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. CDT


Brad Meltzer returns with The Lightning Rod, a hugely entertaining, highly anticipated follow-up to The Escape Artist.   

Mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That detail leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers a dead man’s involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life, so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning. As Zig and his investigative partner follow Nola’s trail, they discover one of the US government’s most intensely guarded secrets, which holds the key to something even more sinister. 

“[T]rust me, this is a terrific, compelling, unputdownable thriller." —Lee Child 


Live Event: Michelle Zauner

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. CDT


Acclaimed Grammy-nominated indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, Michelle Zauner delivers an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity in Crying in H Mart.  

As she grew up, Michelle’s Koreanness began to feel ever more distant. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was 25, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread. 


Live event: Bruce Wood Dance Presents Slip Zone Suite

Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. CDT


Experience the DMA’s Slip Zone exhibition presented as an original commissioned suite of dance through the dazzling vision of Joy Bollinger, Artistic Director of Bruce Wood Dance. Traveling through the dripping lines and pulsing hues, the Slip Zone Suite  explores the journey of the Abstract Expressionists through the lens of dynamic movement relationships. In a series of solos, duets, and ensembles, the dances capture the vivid swirls of color, the bursts of shape, and the serenity of monochrome. 

Joy Bollinger has performed in more than 50 works with Bruce Wood Dance before taking the helm as Artistic Director. A distinguished choreographer, her work Carved in Stone “stunned audiences and critics with its lyricism” according to the Dallas Morning News



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.

Live Event: Don Winslow

April 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.  CDT


From Don Winslow, the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cartel Trilogy, The Force, and Broken, comes City on Fire, the first novel in an epic new triad.   

When a beautiful modern-day Helen of Troy comes between two criminal empires, a war is launched that will see them kill each other, destroy an alliance, and set a city on fire. Danny Ryan yearns for a more “legit” life and a place in the sun, but to save the friends he loves and the family he has sworn to protect, he becomes a leader, a ruthless strategist, and a master of a treacherous game. From the gritty streets of Providence to the glittering screens of Hollywood to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, Danny Ryan will forge a dynasty.