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: 9/27/22

Qian Julie Wang

Thursday, September 29, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Promotional Partners: Asian American Historical Society,
In conversation with Jin-Ya Huang
Location: Horchow Auditorium
In Chinese, the word for America, “Mei Guo,” translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994, full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal.” This New York Times Notable Book is “a potent testament to the love, curiosity, grit, and hope of a courageous and resourceful immigrant child” (Kirkus, starred review).

Fredrik Backman

Monday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. CDT

NEW Location: Wyly Theater 

Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove and Anxious People) returns with the long-awaited conclusion to his beloved Beartown series, which inspired an HBO series of the same name. The Winners starts with a storm, a death, and two funerals on the same day, a series of events that reignites an old rivalry between two towns and explores questions of what it means to win, what it means to lose, and what it means to forgive.


Temple Grandin

Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Horchow Auditorium

In-person tickets to this event are sold out.

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Dubbed the “anthropologist from Mars” (Oliver Sacks), Temple Grandin transforms awareness of the different ways our brains are wired in Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions, a landmark book that reveals, celebrates, and advocates for the special minds and contributions of visual thinkers. Grandin helps us understand how a world increasingly geared to the verbal tends to sideline visual thinkers, and she proposes new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers. 

Laura Wilson

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. CDT
In conversation with Krys Boyd, KERA
Location: Horchow Auditorium
Renowned photographer Laura Wilson presents revealing glimpses into the everyday lives of literary luminaries such as Rachel Cusk, Edwidge Danticat, David McCullough, Haruki Murakami, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the late Carlos Fuentes, among others. Margaret Atwood works in her garden. Tim O’Brien performs magic tricks for his family. And Louise Erdrich, who contributes an introduction, speaks with customers in her Minneapolis bookstore. Inviting and poignant, The Writers: Portraits reflects on writing and photography’s shared concerns with invention, transformation, memory, and preservation. 

Big D Reads: The Accommodation

Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. CDT

Location: Horchow Auditorium

Join a Big D Reads community book club discussion of The Accommodation by Jim Schutze, recently reprinted by Deep Vellum. Schutze illuminates the mid-century history of Dallas, centered on the civic response to the bombing of Black citizens’ homes, and the ongoing housing crisis that traces its roots to the Civil War and Jim Crow. Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, joins Schutze in this important conversation, with vocalist Albion Josiah providing musical accompaniment.


Texas Bound

Monday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Horchow Auditorium

“Compelling stories and passionate acting, all literally from the heart of Texas.” —Southern Living

Enjoy an evening of laughter and literature in this time-honored tradition of story time for adults. Featured actors include Oscar Seung, Regina Taylor and Michael Urie reading the following stories: “I Thought I Would Have Accomplished a Lot More Today and Also by the Time I Was Thirty-Five” by Alex Baia, “Before” by Simon Han, “Racial Injustice” by Sanderia Faye, “Deers” by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and “Clickety-Clack the Christmas Cockroach” by Michael Merschel.


An Evening with Nigella Lawson

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. CST
In conversation with Jane McGarry
Location: Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall
Enjoy an evening with internationally renowned food writer, journalist, and TV cook 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. 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. 

Louise Penny

Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
Arts & Letters Live will host one of only three live U.S. events for A World of Curiosities!
VIP Experience tickets are SOLD OUT. Please click here to be added to the waiting list.
A World of Curiosities, the eighteenth book in Louise Penny’s #1 New York Times beloved series, features Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the denizens of the Quebec village Three Pines. Louise Penny is also the coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.