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: 3/25/17

Christina Baker Kline

Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Blending fact and fiction, the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, delivers an evocative story about the mysterious woman who captured the imagination of Andrew Wyeth, one of America’s greatest modern artists. A Piece of the World gives life to the muse behind his iconic painting Christina’s World, illuminating her complex familial relationships, the intimate friendship she shared with Wyeth, and her passion for life.

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Erin and Philip C. Stead

Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m.

The dynamic duo Erin and Philip Stead live and work side by side creating heartwarming stories such as A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. Erin’s forthcoming book Tony returns to themes of friendship and loyalty with the late poet Ed Galing’s tale of a boy and his horse. Philip’s latest, Samson in the Snow, highlights the power of simple acts of kindness to bring hope and light to even the coldest world. Their talk is at 11:30 a.m. and is designed for families and children as well as the young-at-heart.

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Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Nest is Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel that garnered a seven-figure advance and spent more than 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It dissects the juicy dynamics of the Plumb family, composed of four adult siblings and a distant mother who holds the purse strings to their inheritance. When the oldest sibling, Leo, maims a teenage girl in a drunk-driving crash, the mother uses money from “The Nest” to pay for the girl’s medical needs and to keep her quiet. Resentment mounts as each sibling crafts his or her way to get Leo to repay the money he owes them. Sweeney is currently writing the screenplay for the film adaptation.

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Stephen Tobolowsky

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

In My Adventures with God, Stephen Tobolowsky shares a funny, introspective collection of short stories about love, triumph, and catastrophe, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is God. Filtered through his signature sharp wit, he also provides a structure from which to evaluate our own lives and relationship with a higher power. Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows, notably Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day, Glee, The Goldbergs, and Silicon Valley.

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Chelsea Clinton

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing the world today, bestselling author Chelsea Clinton mixes facts, charts, photographs, and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! is geared to readers aged ten and up and features stories about children and teens whose efforts to help have made real changes big and small—in their families and their communities, in our country, and across the world. This book will inspire and empower readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.

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Tom Vanderbilt

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

If you’ve ever wondered how Netflix recommends movies, why we venerate artists who were controversial or ignored during their lifetimes, or why books often see a sudden decline in Amazon ratings after they win a major prize, Tom Vanderbilt has the answers. His newest book dives into the subject of why we like the things we like and what our preferences reveal about us. In You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice, Vanderbilt navigates psychology, marketing, and neuroscience to explore the elusive beast of taste.

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David Sedaris

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

David Sedaris returns for his eighth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to read new and unpublished material. A bestselling author, essayist, and widely popular speaker whose hallmark is his wry wit and distinctive voice, Sedaris relishes the opportunity to share his stories with the audience and experience their reaction. Sedaris’s books include NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.  

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Eric Litwin at the Dallas Book Festival

Saturday, April 29, 1:30 p.m.

Chant, sing, move creatively, and laugh with guitar strumming #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author Eric Litwin, who will share his new book The Nuts: Keep Rolling! Litwin is the author of the first four Pete the Cat books. His books have sold more than 8.5 million copies, been translated into 13 languages, and won 18 literacy awards, including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

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Kristen Radtke at the Dallas Book Festival

Saturday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.

Inspired by her encounters with unexpected loss, Kristen Radtke’s graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This takes readers on a journey across forsaken landscapes around the globe. In her search to discover the forgotten, Radtke uncovers much more than physical locations—she uncovers the touching stories of the people who once inhabited these now deserted places. Author Tom Hart describes this book as “riveting and glorious. A book of sorrow filtered through intellect. In Kristen Radtke’s hands, nonfiction becomes poetry.” 

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Happy Hour!: A Talk and Performance Inspired by the Art of the Cocktail

Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

The DMA’s exhibition Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail packs just the punch required for five acclaimed musicians to create an adventurous concoction of rhythm, music, and text, to be enjoyed responsibly for one night only. Songs will range from Mozart, Offenbach, and Verdi to Cole Porter and Joni Mitchell. This marks the ninth collaboration of Arts & Letters Live with artistic programmer Ryan Taylor, whose creative process combines art, music, and literary excerpts. 

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