Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages at the Dallas Museum of Art 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: 4/25/14

Timothy Egan

Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

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.


Larry McMurtry

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.

Texas literary icon Larry McMurtry releases his new novel, "The Last Kind Words Saloon," at this not-to-be-missed event! McMurtry will discuss his new work, his creative process, and his passion for book collecting, taking the stage with Diana Ossana, author and longtime collaborator with McMurtry, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain." Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of "Texas Monthly," will moderate an on-stage conversation. An actor will read excerpts from the novel.


Ruth Reichl

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

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 ten years and the restaurant critic of the New York Times and the 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.


Karen Cushman

Sunday, May 18th 3:00pm

Newbery award-winning children's author Karen Cushman will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of her beloved 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 fiftieth birthday, has founded the Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award to encourage and celebrate late bloomers like her.


Rick Atkinson

Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the seventieth 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, 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.


Texas Bound II

Saturday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

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 at K.D. Conservatory), Jessica Turner (American Conservatory Theater), Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost" and "Revolution"), and Chamblee Ferguson (Dallas Theater Center).


Cristina Henríquez

Friday, June 20th 7:00pm

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.


Oral Fixation

Friday, June 20th 9:00pm

Oral Fixation, Dallas’ 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.


Diana Gabaldon

Tuesday, June 24th 7:30pm

With over 25 million books in print in 23 languages and over 236,000 Facebook fans (and growing!), Diana Gabaldon’s 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."


Daniel Silva

Friday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.

He has been called his generation's finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, is back by popular demand as a new addition to the Arts & Letters Live lineup. In his latest novel, "The Heist" (July 15), Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination. Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in this action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.