Dallas Museum of Art Announces Extended Lineup for the 25th Anniversary Season of Arts & Letters Live

Six Author Events Added to the Remarkable Season Celebrating 25 Years of Arts & Letters Live 

DALLAS, TX – August 8, 2016 – Six additional authors have been added to the 25th anniversary season of DMA Arts & Letters Live. In celebration of the Museum’s literary and performing arts series’ silver anniversary, the season has been extended into the fall with acclaimed bestselling and award-winning authors. Widely acknowledged as a major contribution to Dallas’s cultural life, DMA Arts & Letters Live has featured more than 1,000 authors, actors, and performing artists at many sold-out events since its inception in 1992. The fall lineup includes numerous connections with the DMA’s collection and features pre-event tours of related art and subject matter. The six additional authors added to the remarkable 25th anniversary season include Yaa Gyasi and Patricia Cornwell.

The extended season begins on September 11 with a special event, designed for middle-grade students through adults, with Australian author and TEDx speaker Robert Hoge discussing his powerful memoir Ugly. Born with disfiguring deformities, Hoge’s story examines life, love, beauty, and owning our own physical imperfections. Returning author Ross King will explore the story behind Claude Monet’s water lilies from the early 20th century in his newest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, on September 15. Candice Millard’s new biography on Winston Churchill delves into a little-known story of young Churchill’s bold escape from a prison camp during the Boer War. Millard will discuss her new biography, Hero of the Empire, on September 28.

Acclaimed new author Yaa Gyasi will join Pulitzer Prize–winning culture critic Margo Jefferson on October 26 for a discussion on Gyasi’s successful debut novel, Homegoing. The novel begins with two half-sisters in 18th-century Ghana—one married off to a wealthy Englishman, the other sold into slavery—and traces the lives of their descendants to 20th-century America. Jefferson will also discuss her National Book Critics Circle Award–winning book Negroland: A Memoir. Hannah Rothschild, film director, trustee of the Tate Gallery, and the first woman chair of the National Gallery in London, will discuss her first novel during her only U.S. stop on November 15 exclusively at the DMA. In The Improbability of Love, an obscure 18th-century French painting found in a secondhand shop careens a woman into the secretive operations of the London art world. New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell will close the 25th season of DMA Arts & Letters Live with an evening discussing Chaos, the twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. The November 17 evening also features a VIP Experience pre-event reception in the DMA’s Founders Room with live music by Cornwell’s partner, Staci Gruber, an event ticket with premium reserved seating in Horchow Auditorium, a fast-track pass to the book signing, and a hardcover copy of Chaos.

For additional information, including dates, pre-event tour details, and tickets, visit DMA.org/ALL.

Tickets are on sale now. Order online at DMA.org/tickets or call 214-922-1818 during normal business hours. This season, selected events include an option for a ticket and book combo price.

Tickets for Robert Hoge are $20; all other events are $40. Discounts are available for DMA Members and students. Tickets for the VIP Experience with Patricia Cornwell are $80 with discounts for DMA Members. For details, visit DMA.org/ALL. Book signings follow each of the author events; books are sold by the DMA Store, which stocks titles by each author featured in the series.

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 23,000 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, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. 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.