2020 Season at a Glance

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August 2020

Monday, August 24, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Hoda Kotb
Join Lauren Akins to celebrate her first book, Live in Love, a deeply personal 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.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Letters Aloud
Thursday, August 27, 7:00 p.m.
Audience favorite Letters Aloud returns with "All Our Best: Perseverance in Times of Struggle." Enjoy an inspiring evening featuring real letters from real people throughout history (including Frederick Douglass, Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Margaret Mitchell, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Jackie Robinson), writing about their experiences in times of pandemics, civil rights activism, and finding hope, meaning, and humor when times are particularly tough.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Alice Randall
Monday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m., available through September 14
In partnership with The Black Academy of Arts & Letters

A hybrid of fiction and history, Alice Randall's Black Bottom Saints pays tribute to Detroit's legendary African American neighborhood through an inventive pairing of biographies of historical figures with cocktail recipes. Kiese Laymon (bestselling author of Heavy) calls it “easily the most inventive and musical novel I've read in a decade.” Join 20 minutes before the talk for a pre-show Happy Hour featuring Detroit-based mixologists Brian Edwards and Raven Love of Double Strained Collective, who will teach you how to make some of the cocktails featured in the book.

September 2020

Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m., available through September 17
In conversation with Krys Boyd of KERA

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.
VIRTUAL EVENT: Barbara Kingsolver
A Distinguished Writers Event
Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible) will discuss and read from her new book of poetry, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons), which has been in progress for a decade. This intimate new collection offers reflections on the complicated bonds of family and friendship, everyday acts of living, the natural world, and the redemptive nature of art and poetry, as well as death and transcendence.

May 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021, 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 preeminent 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.



All programs, participants, and venues are subject to change. All programs will take place in the DMA's Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. It is likely that more programs will be added and announced later on the website.

Tickets are nonrefundable.

Ticket prices vary. For tickets visit DMA.org/all or call 214-922-1818.

Several programs have pre-event tours of the DMA’s collection that relate thematically to the book featured. See individual event pages for full information about art-related tours and special dinners before Arts & Letters Live events.

* Denotes a program that requires a book to be purchased with ticket(s).

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 2020 Arts & Letters Live series. Promotional support provided by KERA.