Summer–Fall 2017 Season at a Glance


18           Terry Tempest Williams                                                                                                                 Artful Musings
In her first-ever Dallas appearance, Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author of the environmental classic Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World, discusses her latest book, The Hour of the Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. Williams says, “Our national parks are breathing spaces, in a time when we’re all holding our breath." Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of the Land is a meditation on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

19           Kathy Reichs                                                                                                                                           Thrills & Chills
Kathy Reichs is the author of 18 New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. A forensic anthropologist, Reichs' own life and her hit crime novels are the basis for Bones, one of Fox network's longest-running series. At this event, she will talk about how her work informs her writing as well as her new stand-alone thriller, Two Nights. David Baldacci says, "Nobody does forensic thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She's the real deal." 

25           Lawrence Wright                                                                                                                  Distinguished Writers
In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Looming Tower, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. This event celebrates the paperback release of his latest book, The Terror Years, a collection of ten powerful pieces originally published in the New Yorker that examine the evolution of terror in the Middle East. It explores how terrorism has grown and offers a cautionary tale about where it might take us yet.
Before the event: Enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner menu in the DMA Cafe and explore the Keir Collection of Islamic art.



*14           Ken Follett                                                                                                                            Distinguished Writers
First United Methodist Church

International bestselling author Ken Follett enthralled millions of readers with the first two books of his Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Now, the epic saga continues with his latest historic masterpiece, A Column of Fire, set in a city torn apart by religious conflict during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Follett is one of the world's most successful authors, with over 160 million copies of 30 books sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

24           Letters Aloud: Fame                                                                                                                           Artful Musings
FAME (they're not going to live forever)—letters about fame from the famous

Real letters by real people, read by great actors in a performance with live musical accompaniment. Letters Aloud performances connect audiences to famous (and infamous) historical figures through their intimate personal correspondence, both funny and poignant. As one fan said, "It's like literary crack." From humble beginnings to adoring fans to looking back on achievements and lessons learned, this performance charts the course of celebrity through the correspondence of luminaries like Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Emily Dickinson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Hanks. 
Before the event: Explore "The Art of Communication" exhibition in the Center for Creative Connections and write a letter to a work of art.



2           Michael Chabon in conversation with Kevin Moriarty                                     Distinguished Writers
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will be in conversation with Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty about his latest book Moonglow and his creative process. Chabon wrote it after spending time with his terminally-ill grandfather, who shared recollections and stories Chabon had never heard. It is a tale of marriage and desire, of war and adventure, and of the destructive impact—and creative power—of keeping secrets and telling lies. DTC actors will read excerpts from Moonglow, bringing Chabon's words to life on stage. 

*6           Dan Brown                                                                                                                                                Special Event
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, SMU

Dan Brown, international bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno will talk about his chart-topping works and making blockbuster movies, as well as his trademark interests in codes, science, religion and art. His newest novel, Origin, thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two must enduring questions, and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

11           Roz Chast                                                                                                                                                Artful Musings
Iconic New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast returns to Arts & Letters Live by popular demand! Roz Chast's new graphic memoir is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New Yorka hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it. Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of modern life. Her works typically address the universal topics of guilt, aging, families, money, real estate, and much, much more!
Before the event: Enjoy Manhattan cocktails in the DMA Cafe! Then at 6:30 p.m., join Madeleine Fitzgerald, Audience Relations Coordinator, for a talk in the galleries focused on New York artists and art. Space is limited.

*26           Walter Isaacson                                                                                                                   Distinguished Writers
First United Methodist Church

From the author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Einstein comes Leonardo da Vinci, an engrossing portrayal of the world's most creative genius. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative connecting his art and science. He also illustrates how Leonardo's genius stemmed from skills we can improve in ourselves – passionate curiosity, careful observation, and a playful imagination. Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane University, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine.

30           Teatro Dallas: An Evening Celebrating Two Giants                                                         Artful Musings
In partnership with Teatro Dallas, the DMA will honor two of the most celebrated Latin American authors of the twentieth century, Juan Rulfo and Alfredo Cardona Peña, with a world premiere of theatrical adaptations of short stories and contemporary dance. Come early and enjoy a festive Mexican-themed dinner and drinks in the DMA Cafe, view the Days of the Dead altar set up by artist Sara Cardona, and enjoy a short talk by Cora Cardona about the origins and symbolism of Days of the Dead celebrations.


14           Annie Leibovitz                                                                                                                     Distinguished Writers
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, SMU

Annie Leibovitz is one of the great observers of the contemporary world, capturing the personalities of the past half-century in images that are both iconic and intimate. In an exclusive Dallas event, she will present a selection of defining works from her newly published Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005–2016. Leibovitz's distinctive, wide-ranging portraits portray artists, writers, actors, politicians, athletes, royals, activists and others who have shaped the times we live in. 

16           Dan Rather in conversation with KERA's Krys Boyd                                                        Special Event
First United Methodist Church

Dan Rather is one of the world's best-known journalists and the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards, and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. KERA's Krys Boyd will moderate a conversation with Rather about his new book, What Unites Us, a collection of wholly original essays that celebrates our shared values and shows us what patriotism looks like. He brings to bear his decades of experience on the front-lines of the world's biggest stories and offers readers a way forward. 

30           Daniel Mendelsohn                                                                                                         Distinguished Writers
Mendelsohn is a bestselling author of seven books (notably The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million) and an award-winning critic and essayist. He will discuss his latest book, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, a deeply moving personal story of his and his father's transformative journey in reading – and reliving – Homer's epic masterpiece. It explores the timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel, and the meaning of home. 


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All programs will take place in the DMA's Horchow Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

Arts & Letters Live is supported by Annual Season Supporters, the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts, and the McGee Foundation Arts & Letters Live Endowment Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional major support provided by The Hersh Foundation. The Fairmont Hotel Dallas is the exclusive hotel partner for the 2016-2017 Arts & Letters Live series. Promotional support provided by KERA. Exclusive magazine sponsor is Texas Monthly. In-kind support provided by Einstein Printing.