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.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 8/19/18

Kimothy Joy

Sunday, September 9, 4:00 p.m.

Artist and activist Kimothy Joy's That's What She Said is a gorgeous illustrated volume blending watercolor and short biography to showcase the contributions of more than 50 influential female leaders whose words and actions are a passionate call to arms. The book honors a powerful and diverse group of women—from Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Virginia Woolf, to Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—role models whose words and insights remind us that we must never give up the fight for a more just and equitable society. 

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Steel Magnolias: From Page to Stage and Screen

Monday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.

Steel Magnolias is beloved by audiences as an acclaimed play that became an iconic movie; it's also a hilarious, heartwarming portrait of the strength and beauty of female friendship. At this event, Kevin Moriarty (Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center) will moderate a conversation with playwright Robert Harling and Joel Ferrell (Associate Artistic Director and director of DTC's production of Steel Magnolias), highlighting themes, memorable characters, and their insights into the creative process. Enjoy a sneak peek of actors performing brief excerpts from the play before it opens to the public.

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Sarah Bird

Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen shines light on a nearly forgotten figure in history. Cathy Williams was born and lived as a slave—until the Union army destroyed the only world she's known. Separated from her family, she makes the impossible decision to disguise herself as a man and fight with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Sarah Bird is the author of ten novels, including The Gap YearAbove the East China Sea, and The Yokota Officers Club.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book Leadership in Turbulent Times is a culmination of five decades of work in presidential history. She combines her signature storytelling with essential lessons from four of our nation's presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Goodwin wrote the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor and the Home Front in World War II, and earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg's award-winning film Lincoln.

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Lou Berney & Andre Dubus III

Sunday, October 7, 4:00 p.m.

Set in the wake of JFK's assassination, November Road is a poignant and evocative crime novel from the Edgar Award–winning Lou Berney that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America. Gone So Long, acclaimed writer Andre Dubus III's first novel in a decade, is the story of a fractured family, a horrible crime, its tragic consequences, and the possibility of forgiveness and redemption.

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Caroline Fraser

Sunday, October 14, 3:00 p.m.

Caroline Fraser's Pulitzer Prize-winning historical biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder masterfully fills in the gaps of what has previously been known about Wilder's life. Fraser draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records to chronicle Wilder's story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty, as well as her tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Wilder's real life was much harder than what she portrayed in the Little House on the Prairie series, and her success remains one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

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Fatima Farheen Mirza & Tommy Orange

Monday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.

Fatima Farheen Mirza's debut novel A Place for Us is a deeply moving story of love, identity, and belonging. As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the secrets and betrayals that caused their close-knit family to fracture. Tommy Orange's bestselling debut novel There There is the story of 12 unforgettable Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn why each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow, momentum builds toward a shocking conclusion that changes everything.

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Jesmyn Ward

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her "fearless and toughly lyrical" voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Ward's stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. With Sing, Unburied, Sing, which earned her a second National Book Award in 2017, Ward explores the bonds of a family tested by racism and poverty.

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Elaine Pagels

Sunday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

When renowned religion scholar, National Book Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author Elaine Pagels was dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband—questions on the persistence and nature of belief and why religion matters took on a new urgency. In Why Religion?: A Personal Story, Pagels weaves together a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face.

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SOLD OUT: Ina Garten

Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food, entertaining tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. The Emmy Award-winning host of the Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network and New York Times bestselling author will be joined on stage by a local moderator. Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of her hit TV show; an in-depth exploration of her latest book, Cook Like a Pro, to be released in fall 2018; and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and passion, plus she will engage the audience with an interactive Q&A.

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