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 28th season in 2019.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 3/18/19

David Sedaris

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns for his tenth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to share new and unpublished essays, imparting his incisive social critiques and sharing his sardonic wit with devoted fans. Hailed as the “rock star of writers,” Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including Calypso, Theft by Finding: Diaries (19772002), Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  

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Melinda Gates

Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Melinda Gates’s inspiring debut The Moment of Lift traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. One thing has become increasingly clear to her: if you want to lift a society up, invest in women. Gates introduces us to her heroes in the movement toward equality, offers startling data, and shares moving conversations she’s had with women from all over the world. A personal statement of passionate conviction, she traces her evolution from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world’s foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that all lives have equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.

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A Moveable Feast Book Club: David Brooks' "The Second Mountain"

Tuesday, May 7, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join other book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Boardroom and enjoy stimulating conversation about David Brooks’s latest book, The Second Mountain, his deeply personal exploration of what it means to lead a joyful life. Brooks spent more than five years thinking about how to give life meaning after worldly success failed to fulfill him, and his book shares insights into the perils of the rampant individualism that has become the defining ethos of our culture. Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, will facilitate the conversation and lead the group discussion.

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Jared Diamond

Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Esteemed scientist and historian Jared Diamond presents a brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others do not. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis reveals how seven countries have successfully survived defining upheavals in the recent past through a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation, and identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. Looking ahead to the future, Diamond investigates whether the United States and the world are squandering their natural advantages, on a path toward political conflict and decline. Diamond won a Pulitzer Prize for his internationally bestselling book Guns, Germs, and Steel.

 

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Celeste Ng

Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.

Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting story that traces the fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother-daughter pair who upend their lives in the idyllic suburban bubble of Shaker Heights, Ohio, where all aspects of life are planned. Presenting two contrasting models of motherhood in Elena Richardson and Mia Warren, Ng sets up the conflict that will drive them apart. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood in contemporary America—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. This acclaimed novel was awarded the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fiction and named Amazon’s Best Novel of 2017. Reese Witherspoon selected it for her book club and will adapt it into a limited series on Hulu.

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