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: 4/23/19

Tayari Jones

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

In An American Marriage by New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. When Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit, she becomes unmoored and seeks comfort from a childhood friend and best man at their wedding. An Oprah’s Book Club selection, An American Marriage is a stirring love story that delves deep into the hearts and souls of three people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.


David Brooks

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

In Partnership with World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

The Second Mountain by New York Times columnist David Brooks is a thought-provoking commentary on the rampant individualism that has become the defining ethos of our culture. Brooks explores what it means to lead a meaningful life, suggesting that the first mountain an individual faces is about building up the ego, defining the self, and striving for success; the second mountain is about shedding the ego, planting yourself amid those who need, and giving yourself away. Brooks has spent more than five years thinking about how to give life meaning after worldly success failed to fulfill. This new book is the product of his personal quest for a joyful life.


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Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns for his tenth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to share new and unpublished essays, imparting his incisive social critiques and sharing his sardonic wit with devoted fans.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.  


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.


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.


Jared Diamond

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

In Partnership with World Affairs Council of Dallad/Fort Worth 

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.



Celeste Ng

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

Conversation moderated by Lois Kim, Executive Director, Texas Book Festival

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.


Elaine Welteroth

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.

Elaine Welteroth

An Arts & Letters Live and Second Thursdays Collaboration

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Horchow Auditorium

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. Her new book More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) is a riveting and timely memoir that unpacks the lessons Welteroth learned through her journey to becoming the youngest ever—and only second African American—editor-in-chief at Condé Nast at the time. A deeply personal coming-of-age tale, More Than Enough is about a young woman reckoning with race, family, friendship, and heartbreak, and learning to look inward—and upward—for strength.

More Than Enough is a guide for young people who want to find their voice, a crash course for those who want to challenge the status quo, and an adventure story for all of us.”
—Malala Yousafzai

Public: $15 (includes admission to Second Thursdays and to Elaine Welteroth’s talk)

DMA Members: $10 (your DMA membership allows you free access to Second Thursdays)