A celebration of the literary and performing arts featuring acclaimed authors, actors, illustrators, musicians, and more.
17 Amy Grace Loyd, 7:00 p.m. FRESH INK
Amy Grace Loyd’s debut novel, The Affairs of Others, delves into many of the same themes and settings as Edward Hopper’s art—observing and being observed and the sense of solitude even in the midst of an urban environment. Her novel is a Rear Window story of sorts described with Hitchcockian detail. Loyd worked on this story on the subway to and from her job as the executive editor of Byliner, which might be why New York City feels like a flesh-and-blood character. Author Richard Russo praised it, saying, “Debut novels don’t come any more sure-handed and deftly written than [this one.]” This event is held in celebration of the DMA's exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process.
17 Dallas Noir, 8:30 p.m. FRESH INK
“Texas’s Ultimate Noir Town”
Don’t miss the chance to explore noir fiction with some of the most celebrated writers in Dallas: Matt Bondurant, Catherine Cuellar, David Haynes and Kathleen Kent. Editor David Hale Smith said in the introduction to his anthology Dallas Noir, “In a country with so many interesting cities, Dallas is often overlooked—except on November 22 every year. . . . On that day in 1963, Dallas became noir.” This evening will explore Dallas, its legacy, and the incredible writing talent that resides here.
25 Selected Shorts, 7:30 p.m. TEXAS BOUND
“Danger and Desire: Tales of Hopper’s City”
Promotional Partner: KERA
The popular public radio series and podcast returns to the DMA with a fictional exploration of Edward Hopper's world as seen in his most iconic paintings. The lonely streets of a big city, a dangerous dalliance between co-workers, an unexpected encounter between strangers. Actors David Straithairn, Parker Posey, and Kaneza Schaal will bring Hopper’s poignant and evocative noir themes and settings to life in stories on stage. This event is held in celebration of the DMA's exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process.
28 Amy Tan, 7:30 p.m. DISTINGUISHED WRITERS
“Evocative Family Epics”
First United Methodist Church Dallas, 1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
In partnership with the Crow Collection of Asian Art
Amy Tan is acclaimed for her New York Times bestselling novels The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She will share insights about the commonalities she’s found between fiction and museums and discuss her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, a sweeping epic set in 1890–1940 San Francisco, Shanghai and the valley in-between. The story revolves around three generations of women in the same family and a painting that gets passed down between them.
31 Jessica Fellowes, 7:30 p.m. ARTFUL MUSINGS
“Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey”
First United Methodist Church Dallas, 1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
Promotional Partner: KERA
Do you suffer from Downton fever? Get the inside scoop from Jessica Fellowes, the #1 bestselling author of The World of Downton Abbey and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, which feature new insights into the characters, costumes, research, and behind-the-scenes drama. Jessica is the niece of Lord Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of Downton Abbey. At this event, she will focus on the social and historical context of the show, particularly as it relates to the changing role of women, the rise of technology and the crumbling of class hierarchy in post-World War I Britain.
3 Malcolm Gladwell, 7:30 p.m. WIT & WISDOM
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas, Texas 75275
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. He examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam and takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meanings of advantages and disadvantages. In the tradition of his previous bestsellers, The Tipping Point and Outliers, Gladwell draws upon history, psychology and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
9 Oliver Jeffers, 3:00 p.m. BOOKSMART
“Outside the Box”
Oliver Jeffers, artist, illustrator and picture-book maker, has exhibited his work in museums in the U.S., London and Berlin. His hit collaboration with Drew Daywalt, The Day the Crayons Quit, rocketed to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. His latest book returns to the world of the Hueys, little creatures resembling eggs on legs, in It Wasn’t Me: The Hueys, Book 2. Jeffers’ trademark don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously humor and whimsical illustrations capture what it feels like to be a kid, and they can make people of all ages giggle with delight or feel an ache in their heart.
10 Anna Quindlen, 7:30 p.m. ARTFUL MUSINGS
“The Power of Second Chances”
Pulitzer Prize–winner Anna Quindlen is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life. At this event, she will share insights into her newest novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, which tells the story of Rebecca Winter, a once world-famous photographer who has drifted out of the spotlight and moved from New York City to a cabin in the country, where she finds herself with a second chance at life.
13 Jonathan Lethem, 7:30 p.m. ARTFUL MUSINGS
“The Fortress of Solitude: From Novel to Musical”
In partnership with Dallas Theater Center
The Los Angeles Times said, “Jonathan Lethem is as ambitious as Mailer, as funny as Philip Roth, and as stinging as Bob Dylan.” At this event, he will discuss his creative process and insights into one of his most popular books, The Fortress of Solitude. Then, Kevin Moriarty (Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center) will moderate a conversation with Lethem and the creative team responsible for transforming the novel into a musical: Itamar Moses (playwright), Michael Friedman (score) and Daniel Aukin (director). The discussion will be followed by a sneak peek from the musical, which will have its world premiere at DTC and then play at the Public Theater in New York.
18 Cathy Marie Buchanan & Robin Oliveira, 7:30 p.m. ARTFUL MUSINGS
“Inside the Paris of Degas and Cassatt”
Cathy Marie Buchanan’s novel The Painted Girls is inspired by Edgar Degas’s sculpture Little Dancer Aged 14 and is a captivating story of fate, tarnished ambition and the ultimate triumph of sisterly love. Robin Oliveira’s forthcoming novel, I Always Loved You, brilliantly evokes the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris. The story revolves around a young Mary Cassatt, whose path crosses with Degas, thus beginning the defining period of her life and one of the most tempestuous of relationships.
21 Object Slam, 7:00 p.m. FRESH INK
“Materially Untrue: Stories About Objects Unearthed from Art Storage”
Join us for an object slam and literary smackdown hosted by Rob Walker, a journalist who often writes on material culture. Four Texas authors (Will Clarke, Doug Dorst, Merritt Tierce and Shay Youngblood) will debut original stories about objects unearthed from DMA art storage. You can compete with them; simply visit our website for story submission guidelines and deadlines. Get your game on—prizes will be awarded! For insights into what inspired this event, visit significantobjects.com.
24 Texas Bound I, 7:30 p.m. TEXAS BOUND
Don’t miss an evening of stories that feature a humorous look at a woman reluctant to leave her childhood hometown, a Texas Ranger’s first days on the job, a stepfather awkwardly stuck in the middle of a feud between his new wife and her teenage daughter, and a reprisal of an audience favorite—the best of Larry L. King’s letters. Read by G. W. Bailey (M*A*S*H, The Closer, Major Crimes), Allison Pistorius (named “Best Actress” in 2013 by DFW Critics Forum), Seth Magill (Coriolanus in Shakespeare Dallas’s recent production) and Raphael Parry (Executive Director, Shakespeare Dallas).
2 Tim Federle, 3:00 p.m. BOOKSMART
“Broadway or Bust”
Tim Federle’s own adventures on Broadway inspired his debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever, which follows Nate Foster, who has wanted to star in a Broadway show his whole life, as he plans a daring overnight escape to New York City. Federle’s newest book, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, picks up where his first book leaves off, with Nate starting rehearsals for E. T.: The Musical.
6 Misty Copeland, 7:30 p.m. ARTFUL MUSINGS
“Dare to Dream”
Community Partner: TITAS
When Misty Copeland first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the 5' 2", anxious 13 year old in baggy gym shorts to become one of America’s greatest classical ballerinas. But she did just that. In 2007, she made history by becoming the third African American female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, and the first in decades. At this event, Copeland will discuss her new memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which tells a uniquely American story of perseverance and achievement in the face of extreme challenges.
11 B. J. Novak, 7:30 p.m. WIT & WISDOM
You may know him as one of the genius minds behind the popular television show The Office. Or perhaps for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. But now, B. J. Novak takes the stage as an author as he launches his debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, a collection of hilarious short stories that show his fierce devotion to entertaining the reader. Some of his stories include how February got its name, why wearing a red shirt is the key to finding love and why sometimes the stock market is just . . . down.
*Tickets to this event include a hardcover copy of "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories."
15 Dave Barry, 7:30 p.m. WIT & WISDOM
“The Funniest Man in America”
Pulitzer Prize–winner Dave Barry has written over 30 books for children and adults and has been dubbed by the New York Times as “the funniest man in America.” His newest book, You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, will be the focus of this event, covering everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating, the differences between male and female friendships and many more uproariously funny takes on pop culture.
21 Daniel Woodrell & Ron Rash, 7:00 p.m. FRESH INK
“Masters of Southern Fiction”
Daniel Woodrell is the author of eight novels, many of which are set in the Missouri Ozarks, including his 2006 novel-turned-Academy-Award-winning film, Winter’s Bone. His new book, The Maid’s Version, tells the story of a 1929 dance hall explosion that killed 42 people in West Table, Missouri. Ron Rash’s new book, Nothing Gold Can Stay, is set in the Appalachian Mountains. The collection includes 14 linked stories that invoke the haunting evanescence summoned by Robert Frost’s poem of the same name. His 2008 novel, Serena, is being made into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
26 Claire Messud & Meg Wolitzer, 7:30 p.m. DISTINGUISHED WRITERS
“The Ties That Bind”
Praised by the New York Times as “a writer of near-miraculous perfection,” Claire Messud is the author of The Last Life, The Emperor’s Children (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize) and, most recently, The Woman Upstairs. Bookforum lauded this novel of passion and artistic fulfillment as “an extraordinary novel, a psychological suspense story that will leave you thinking about its implications for days afterwards.” Meg Wolitzer has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “among the greatest writers of her generation.” Her novels include The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, and The Interestings, which examines the meaning of talent, the nature of envy, the roles we play and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.
2 Carl Hoffman, 7:30 p.m. ARTFUL MUSINGS
“Solving the Rockefeller Mystery”
In partnership with the Boshell Family Lecture Series for World Art and ArchaeologyOrder tickets online
Part T. E. Lawrence, part Indiana Jones, with a dash of Tom Sawyer, Carl Hoffman has been to every corner of the world in his career as a reporter. His forthcoming book, Savage Harvest (March 2014), uncovers the real mystery surrounding the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961. For 50 years, his fate has remained a secret. Combining history, art, colonialism, adventure and ethnography, Savage Harvest is a mesmerizing whodunit.
7 Sabiha Al Khemir & Eliza Griswold, 7:30 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT
“Arts of the Islamic World”
One of the world’s leading experts on Islamic art, Sabiha Al Khemir, the DMA’s senior advisor for Islamic art, will discuss her novel, The Blue Manuscript, which takes readers on a quest for the legendary blue manuscript of medieval Islam. Poet and New York Times bestselling nonfiction author of The Tenth Parallel, Eliza Griswold will discuss her recent journey to Afghanistan with photographer Seamus Murphy to learn about Afghani women and collect their landays, or folk couplets. She collected these poems, along with photographs from their journey, into her book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan.
12 Tom Angleberger, 11:30 a.m. SPECIAL EVENT
“Art + Science Festival”
Tom Angleberger is an artist-turned-writer known for his explosively popular Origami Yoda series. The story follows sixth grader Dwight, who creates an origami finger puppet of Star Wars Jedi Master Yoda, which then comes to life and gives him advice that always seems to work (and may even predict the future). The fifth book in the series, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, will be released this March and will continue with the war against the Dark Standardized Testing Forces. Angleberger's presentation is part of the Art + Science Festival, which is the culmination of Arts Week in Dallas. The Dallas Museum of Art will host the festival and partner with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
24 S. E. Hinton, 7:00 p.m. BOOKSMART
“Big D Reads a Timeless Classic”
The Outsiders has sold over 14 million copies and ranks as a classic, still widely regarded as one of the most important books in the young adult genre. S. E. Hinton first published the novel in 1967, when she was 18, inspired by class conflicts she experienced in her high school. The central themes of the book include friendship, loyalty and the message that money doesn’t buy happiness. In April 2014, Big D Reads will distribute 20,000 copies and encourage the entire city to read and talk about the novel.
29 Timothy Egan, 7:30 p.m. DISTINGUISHED WRITERS
Timothy Egan will share stories from his National Book Award-winning book, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, which Walter Cronkite hailed as “can’t-put-it-down history.” The New York Times says, “Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present.” At this event, he will do so by discussing the land and water conservation issues evoked in Alexandre Hogue’s bleak Dust Bowl landscapes currently on view at the DMA, as well as those that threaten our future.
13 Ruth Reichl, 7:30 p.m. WIT & WISDOM
Join us for the epicurean event of the season as author, editor and critic Ruth Reichl shares her debut novel, Delicious. Reichl served as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for 10 years and the restaurant critic for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She is also host and executive producer of Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth on PBS and a judge on the competitive cooking show Top Chef Masters on Bravo.
6:00 p.m. Enjoy a special three-course dinner with Ruth Reichl, inspired by some of her favorite dishes (this component of the evening is an additional cost and is limited to approximately 100 tickets).
18 Karen Cushman, 3:00 p.m. BOOKSMART
“Diary of a Dreamer”
Beloved children’s book author Karen Cushman will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Newbery award-winning book Catherine, Called Birdy, which continues to be a favorite among young adults and their parents. Her other books include Will Sparrow’s Road, The Midwife’s Apprentice and The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. She especially likes writing about gutsy girls in various historical eras who are figuring out who they are. Cushman, who did not start writing full-time until her 50th birthday, has founded the Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award to encourage and celebrate late bloomers like her.
22 Rick Atkinson, 7:30 p.m. DISTINGUISHED WRITERS
“From D-Day to V-Day”
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day by brushing up on the dramatic story of the U.S. Army’s involvement in World War II. Join this three-time Pulitzer Prize winner as he discusses the third installment of his Liberation trilogy, Guns at Last Light, which begins its narrative with the brutal battle of Normandy, and then leads to the liberation of Paris, the disaster at Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge and the collapse of the Third Reich. The final volume is a literary triumph worthy of the military triumph it explores.
7 Texas Bound II, 7:30 p.m. TEXAS BOUND
Don’t miss an evening of stories about the etiquette of gift-giving according to Ellen DeGeneres, the challenges of a marriage after a soldier returns home from war, a father striving to help his daughter through the grief of losing her mother, and a hilarious and irreverent take on a weight-loss experiment that goes horribly awry. Read by Reis Myers McCormick (faculty member, K.D. Conservatory), Lydia Mackay (acting teacher, TCU) and two exciting actors to be announced!
20 Cristina Henríquez 7:00 p.m. FRESH INK
Named one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries” by Virginia Quarterly Review, Cristina Henríquez is author of The World in Half and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice Selection. Her forthcoming novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.
20 Oral Fixation, 9:00 p.m. FRESH INK
“Lost in Translation: Stories About Immigration”
Oral Fixation, Dallas’s hit storytelling series, will head to the DMA to explore the true, personal stories of seven recent American immigrants, straight from the horse’s mouth. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you and, quite possibly, break your heart. Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) is produced and hosted by Nicole Stewart.
24 Diana Gabaldon, 7:30 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT
First United Methodist Church of Dallas, 1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
Diana Gabaldon has over 25 million books in print in 23 languages and over 236,000 Facebook fans (and growing!), and her fiction is a word-of-mouth phenomenon. This six-time New York Times-bestselling author weaves a compelling tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, time travel, sex, and warfare into her books. Her beloved Outlander series has been hailed as “historical fiction with a Moebius twist.” At this event, Gabaldon will discuss the highly anticipated eighth book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, which will be released June 10 in conjunction with the premier of Outlander: A Starz Original Series.
*All tickets to this event include a hardcover copy of "Written in My Own Heart’s Blood."
*A few additional events are likely to be confirmed after the season is announced. Watch the website for details.