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: 1/23/22

Rescheduled: Yotam Ottolenghi

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall 
In conversation with Chad Houser, Cafe Momentum Founder/CEO/Executive Chef 

All purchased tickets have been transferred to the NEW rescheduled 2022 date.

For renowned chef and New York Times bestselling cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi, food is about more than what we eat. It is about joy, pleasure, and surprise. It is about a sense of place, home, and community. In his latest cookbook, Flavor, this international culinary influencer reveals how flavor is created and amplified through more than 100 innovative, delicious plant-based recipes; he also oversees the photography himself. His revolutionary approach to vegetable cooking showcases low-effort, high-impact dishes designed for the relaxed cook. Based in London, Ottolenghi spends much of his time creating and testing recipes for his weekly column in the Guardian and his monthly column in the New York Times. Six London restaurants, nine bestselling cookbooks, and millions of devotees of the “Ottolenghi effect” have transformed the Israeli-British chef into the leader of a culinary juggernaut. 

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Live Event: Annalee Newitz

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. CDT 

 

In Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on a mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities with sophisticated civilizations: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, medieval Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, where East St. Louis is today. Through cutting-edge archaeological research, Newitz lends insight into how these cities and their populations may reveal something of our own fate. 

Enjoy a pre-event tour of the DMA’s exhibition Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro, which includes artifacts with cultural ties to the Mississippian people of Cahokia. 

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Live Event: Akwaeke Emezi

Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. CDT

 

A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and “one of our greatest living writers” (Shondaland), Akwaeke Emezi reimagines the love story in You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, a fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss.

Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. It’s been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she’s almost a new person now. After a whirlwind summer, she’s started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance. Emezi’s vivid and passionate writing takes us deep into a world of possibility and healing, and the constant bravery of choosing love against all odds. 

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