Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages 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: 11/21/17

Daniel Mendelsohn

Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Mendelsohn is a bestselling author of seven books (notably The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million) and an award-winning critic and essayist. He will discuss his latest book, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, a deeply moving personal story of his and his father’s transformative journey in reading – and reliving – Homer’s epic masterpiece. It explores the timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel, and the meaning of home.

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Daisy Goodwin

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.

Daisy Goodwin is the creator and producer of the acclaimed PBS television series Victoria, which premieres season 2 in the US on January 14. This popular drama about the woman who would define an era was inspired by Goodwin’s experience writing a national bestselling novel of the same name. Based upon Queen Victoria’s diaries, Goodwin’s story of the stubborn teen turned queen overnight is impeccably researched, vividly imagined, and captivatingly written.

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Selected Shorts: For Better and For Worse: Tales of Marriage

Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

For Better and For Worse is an evening of tales about marriage. Host and reader Jane Kaczmarek is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, for which she received seven Emmy nominations, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. Michael Cerveris is the Tony Award–winning Broadway star of Fun Home and Assassins, with film and television credits that include Fringe, Treme, The Good Wife, and Detours. Maria Tucci has appeared on Broadway in Mary Stuart, Night of the Iguana, The Little Foxes, The Great White Hope, and many other productions. Her many film and television credits include To Die For and Law & Order. 

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David Sedaris

Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns for his ninth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to share new and unpublished essays, imparting his incisive social critiques and sharing his sardonic wit with devoted fans. Hailed as the “rock star of writers,” Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  

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