Fall 2018 Season at a Glance

9           Kimothy Joy                                                                                                                                          Artful Musings
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. 
1:30–3:00 p.m. Portraiture workshop (ages 12–adult) led by Kimothy Joy in the C3 Studio. Space is limited. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring an image of someone who inspires them and to think in advance of their wise words. Tickets are $15 and priced separately from the talk.

17           Steel Magnolias: From Page to Stage and Screen                                                      Artful Musings
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.

20           Sarah Bird                                                                                                                             Distinguished Writers
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.

*26            Doris Kearns Goodwin                                                                                                Distinguished Writers 
In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Temple Emanu-El, Olan Sanctuary
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.


7              Lou Berney & Andre Dubus III                                                                                                      Thrills & Chills
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.

14              Caroline Fraser                                                                                                              Distinguished Writers
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.

29            Fatima Farheen Mirza & Tommy Orange                                                                         New & Notable
Fatima Farheen Mirza's
debut novel A Place for Us, from Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, 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.


1              Jesmyn Ward                                                                                                                      Distinguished Writers
First United Methodist Church of Dallas

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.

11            Elaine Pagles                                                                                                                        Distinguished Writers
Temple Emanu-El, Olan Sanctuary
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.

14            Ina Garten                                                                                                                                                 Special Event
Co-presented by Mills Entertainment

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.

19            David Grann                                                                                                                                    Thrills & Chills
From New York Times bestselling author David GrannThe White Darkness is the powerful, true story of Henry Worsley, a devoted husband, father, and British special forces officer who idolized Ernest Sheckleton, the 19th-century polar explorer. In 2015, at age 55, Worsley embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann is the author of The Lost City of Z and the National Book Award Finalist Killers of the Flower Moon.

27            Mark Lamster in Conversation with Rick Brettell                                                     Artful Musings
When architect Philip Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 98, he was one of the most recognizable and influential figures on the American cultural landscape. Johnson introduced European modernism to America through the sleek glass-and-steel structures that now dominate our cities, but he was also a man of deep paradoxes: he was a Nazi sympathizer, a designer of synagogues, an enfant terrible into his old age, a populist, and a snob. The Man in the Glass House lifts the veil on Johnson's controversial and endlessly contradictory life to tell the story of a charming yet deeply flawed man. Mark Lamster is the architectural critic for the Dallas Morning News and a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. 
6:00 p.m. Take a stroll from the DMA to explore Thanks-Giving Square, one of the many iconic buildings Philip Johnson designed in Dallas, led by an expert on the architecture of downtown. Tour tickets are priced separately from the event and are $10. Pre-registration required.

29            Jill Lepore                                                                                                                                 Distinguished Writers
Co-sponsored by the William P. Clements Department of History, SMU
First Presbyterian Church
In the most ambitious one-volume book on American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers an account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. These Truths: A History of the United States offers authoritative new insights about a great, and greatly troubled, nation. Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. Her many books include The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages. 


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Arts & Letters Live is supported by Annual Season Supporters, the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts, and the McGee Foundation Arts & Letters Live Endowment Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional major support provided by The Hersh Foundation. The Fairmont Hotel Dallas is the exclusive hotel partner for the 2018 Arts & Letters Live series. Promotional support provided by KERA. Exclusive magazine sponsor is Magazine.