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: 6/28/17

The Art and Life of Frida Kahlo with biographer Hayden Herrera

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

Art historian, critic, and biographer Hayden Herrera talks about her book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, sharing insights into the art and life of this renowned artist. Additionally, Herrera will discuss Kahlo’s paintings that express anguish over her broken body and multiple surgeries, her passion for Mexico, and finally the joy Frida Kahlo took in nature. 

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Terry Tempest Williams

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.

In her first-ever Dallas appearance, Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author of the environmental classic Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World, discusses her latest book, The Hour of the Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. Williams examines what the parks mean to us and what we mean to them. “Our national parks are breathing spaces, in a time when we’re all holding our breath,” she says. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of the Land is a meditation on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

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Kathy Reichs

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.

Kathy Reichs is the author of 18 New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. A forensic anthropologist, Reichs’ own life and her hit crime novels are the basis for Bones, one of Fox network’s longest-running series. At this event, she will talk about her new stand-alone thriller, Two Nights. After years of running from her dark past, the novel’s protagonist, Sunday Night, is pushed out of isolation and forced to confront her demons when a girl goes missing in the chaos of a bomb explosion. 

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Lawrence Wright

Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Lawrence Wright’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Looming Tower established him as a leading journalist writing about terrorism in the Middle East. His latest publication, The Terror Years, is a collection of ten powerful pieces originally published in the New Yorker that examine the evolution of terror in the Middle East, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS. 

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Ken Follett

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.

International bestselling author Ken Follett enthralled millions of readers with the first two books of his Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Now, the epic saga continues with his latest historic masterpiece, A Column of Fire, set in a city torn apart by religious conflict during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors, with over 160 million copies of 30 books sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

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