Dallas Museum of Art Announces The 27th Anniversary Season for Arts & Letters Live, The Museum’s Literary and Performing Arts Series

 -- Arts & Letters Live 2018 Season Welcomes More Than 30 Authors and Performers Including Jhumpa Lahiri, Daisy Goodwin, Lidia Bastianich, and Maria Shriver --

DALLAS, TX – December 5, 2017 – Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the 27th anniversary season of Arts & Letters Live, the Museum’s literary and performing arts series. From January to June 2018, DMA Arts & Letters Live will feature 25 scheduled events with award-winning and bestselling authors, actors, and musicians. Widely acknowledged as a major contribution to Dallas’s cultural life, DMA Arts & Letters Live has featured more than 1,400 authors, actors, and performing artists at many sold-out events since its inception in 1992. This season features the series’ popular Texas Bound program (Texas actors reading short fiction by Texas writers), BooksmART programs for children and young adults, and events with special guests including Daisy Goodwin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jojo Moyes, Shawn Achor, Maria Shriver, Lidia Bastianich, David Sedaris, and Michael Ondaatje.

“Arts & Letters Live’s 27th season is rich in its diversity with 25 events, many highlighting socially conscious themes that are resonant and relevant to a broad audience and to the world in which we live,” said Carolyn Bess, Director of Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art. “I hope our audiences will leave our programs feeling informed and inspired. There are also more opportunities than ever to have intimate workshop experiences with acclaimed authors, poets, and illustrators, and to connect art in the DMA’s collection with books featured in the series.”


Season highlights include appearances by New York Times bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners, a Booker Prize winner, a Peabody Award winner, a Newbery Medal winner, Emmy Award winners and nominees, a Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, and a Tony Award winner:


  • Daisy Goodwin
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Matt de la Peña
  • Maria Shriver
  • Jane Kaczmarek
  • Lidia Bastianich
  • David Sedaris
  • Jojo Moyes
  • Conspirare
  • Michael Cerveris
  • Paul Auster
  • Shawn Achor
  • Amy Bloom
  • Elizabeth Kostova
  • G. W. Bailey
  • Francisco Cantú
  • Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Danielle Allen
  • Michael Ondaatje
  • Caroline Weber
  • Naomi Shihab Nye



For additional information, and the full season schedule, visit DMA.org/ALL.


The 27th DMA Arts & Letters Live season kicks off on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. with Daisy Goodwin, the creator, producer, and screenwriter of the acclaimed PBS television series Victoria. Goodwin will discuss her novel and share insights into the making of the television series. Connections to the DMA’s collection are woven throughout the season and include an illustration and writing workshop ($8) tied to the January 21 BooksmART event with Matt de la Peña and Loren Long; a writing workshop ($20) on March 3 with author Bret Anthony Johnston; a poetry workshop ($20) with poet Naomi Shihab Nye on May 6; and numerous pre-event tours of the DMA’s collection connecting art with books featured as part of the series.

Tickets are on sale now. Order online at DMA.org/tickets or purchase tickets by phone by calling ETix at 800-514-3849.  For more information about events, call 214-922-1818 during normal business hours. This season, selected events include an option for a ticket and book combo price. Book signings follow each of the author events unless otherwise noted; books are sold by the DMA Store, which stocks titles by each author featured in the series.


Tickets for BooksmART events are $15; regular events begin at $25; selected events include VIP Experience packages. Discounts are available for DMA Members and students. For details and ticket prices, visit DMA.org/ALL.


About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than 3.2 million visitors. For more information, visit DMA.org.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.