Virtual Event: Kristin Hannah

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In conversation with Sarah Bird
Recording available through February 24
Promotional Partner: Heritage Farmstead Museum
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love, heroism, and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s darkest eras—the Great Depression. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. In 1934 Texas, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. She faces an uncertain and dangerous time, when farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all.  

Kristin Hannah, a former lawyer turned writer, is the author of more than 20 novels, including the international blockbuster The Nightingale, which sold more than 2 million copies and was voted a best book of the year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, and the Wall Street Journal.  It is also currently being adapted for film by TriStar Pictures. Hannah’s bestselling book Firefly Lane will be released as a 10-episode series on Netflix starring Katherine Heigl in 2021.


In 2015 Arts & Letters Live commissioned singer-songwriter Grace Pettis to write an original song inspired by a painting by a Texas artist in the DMA's collection. She chose Alexandre Hogue's Drouth Stricken Area, which portrays the parched Texas landscape during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s.

To set the stage and context for tonight's event with Kristin Hannah, we thought you'd enjoy watching Pettis perform her original song, accompanied by Dirje Childs on cello. The words, images, setting, and mood of Pettis's song resonate thematically with Kristin Hannah's new novel, The Four Winds.



All tickets include a copy of The Four Winds shipped to your home.

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Public: $42

DMA Member/Educator/Student: $40

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