Arts & Letters Live Season Welcomes More Than 65 Authors and Performers Including Ina Garten, Candice Bergen, Dennis Lehane
December 10, 2014 – Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the 24th anniversary season of Arts & Letters Live, the Museum’s literary and performing arts series. From January to June 2015, DMA Arts & Letters Live will feature 29 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 nearly 1,000 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 Candice Bergen, Ina Garten, Dennis Lehane, and “the most popular poet in America,” Billy Collins.
"Our 24th season promises to be varied and exciting, with a celebrated roster of award-winning authors, artists, and performers, including one 2014 National Book Award winner (Jacqueline Woodson) and three finalists (Rabih Alameddine, Roz Chast, and Anthony Doerr)," said Carolyn Bess, Director of Programming and Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art. “Woven into most of the DMA Arts & Letters Live’s programs is an emphasis on and celebration of the creative process; these experiences allow you to hear the inside scoop from authors and performers about how they came to write a particular book, poem, or song."
Season highlights include appearances by New York Times bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, National Book Award winners and finalists, Story Prize winners, and Emmy Award winners:
- Ina Garten
- Candice Bergen
- Jacqueline Woodson
- Ben Fountain
- Fredrik Logevall
- Philipp Meyer
- Anthony Doerr
- Jim Shepard
- Lynsey Addario
- Gail Sheehy
- Marcus Samuelsson
- Dennis Lehane
- Huan Hsu
- Billy Collins
- Roz Chast
- Doris Roberts
- G. W. Bailey
- Jane Kaczmarek
- For additional information, and the full season schedule, visit DMA.org/ALL
The 24th DMA Arts & Letters Live season kicks off on January 12 at 7:30 p.m. with “Texas Bound I: Family (Dys)function” featuring Texas-connected actors—Emmy Award-winner Doris Roberts (Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond), Glenn Morshower (Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce on 24 and family attorney Lew Rosen on TNT’s Dallas), Chamblee Ferguson, Lydia Mackay, and Sally Nystuen Vahle—reading stories by Dallas authors David Haynes, Clay Reynolds, Betty Wiesepape, and Kevin Sutton, and Bret Anthony Johnston.
Tickets are on sale now. Order online at DMA.org/tickets or call 214-922-1818 during normal business hours. This season, select events include an option for a ticket and book combo price.
Tickets for Fresh Ink events are free; BooksmART events are $15; regular events begin at $35. This season, select events include an option for a ticket and book combo price. Candice Bergen VIP tickets are $65, which includes priority seating and signing access as well as a hardcover copy of her memoir A Fine Romance. Discounts are available for DMA Partners and students. For details, visit DMA.org/ALL. Book signings follow each of the author events; books are sold by the Museum Store, which stocks titles by each author featured in the series.
DMA Friends can earn the Bookworm Badge and 400 points by attending four Arts & Letters Live events as well as the Lit Lover Badge and 700 points once they have attended seven Arts & Letters Live events. For more information on the DMA Friends program, visit DMA.org/friends.
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 22,000 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 welcomes over 650,000 visitors annually and 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. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country, which currently has over 80,000 members. For more information, visit DMA.org.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.