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. The Series is celebrating its 28th season in 2019.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 1/19/19

Lauren Groff & Tessa Hadley

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m.

Conversation moderated by author Dr. Jaina Sanga

At this event, two masters of the art of the novel and short stories will discuss their creative process and common themes in their work. Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is a New York Times–bestselling novel about love, art, power, and perception—a portrait of a creative partnership between a young, glamorous couple, madly in love and destined for greatness. Although their marriage is the envy of their friends, through riveting twists we learn that the key to its success relies on keeping secrets. Fates and Furies was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Prize, and the Kirkus Prize.

In British author Tessa Hadley’s latest novel, Late in the Day, the 30-year bond between a quartet of close friends comes unglued when one of them dies unexpectedly; old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness. In exploring the complex webs at the center of our most intimate relationships, the Washington Post says Hadley “crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural.”


Selected Shorts: "All in the Family"

Saturday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.

Promotional Partner: KERA

All in the Family is an evening of humorous and poignant stories illuminating the intricacies of family dynamics. Melora Hardin is recognized worldwide as Jan Levinson from NBC’s The Office. She can currently be seen in the hit series The Bold Type and on Amazon’s Transparent in her Emmy-nominated role as Tammy Cashman. Kaneza Schaal has worked on stage with Elevator Repair Service, The Wooster Group, and New York City Opera, performing at venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, and MoMA. On camera, she has worked with Kathryn Bigelow, Marya Cohn, Josephine Decker, and the Law & Order team.


Dani Shapiro

Monday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.

Conversation moderated by author Sarah Hepola

In the spring of 2016, through DNA analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. In one moment, her entire history crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is a book about secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness, and secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It highlights Shapiro’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, which had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, during which time she wrote brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.


Madeleine Albright

Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m.

Madeleine K. Albright’s #1 New York Times bestseller Fascism: A Warning is a personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the 20th century and how its legacy shapes today’s world. This bookrelevant to all timeshas been written by someone who has not only studied history but helped shape it. Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to present a call to arms that teaches us the lessons we must understand to prevent repeating the tragic errors of the past. 

Madeleine Albright served as the 64th secretary of state of the United Statesthe first woman to serve in that role. In 2012 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She will appear in conversation with Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. 

“[Albright’s] contribution to the cultivation of democracy as a stateswoman and private citizen is unparalleled.” The New York Times


Ida O'Keeffe

Monday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the life and art of Ida O’Keeffe in conjunction with the DMA’s exhibition Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow. Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the DMA, will give insights from her years of research tracking down Ida’s series of lighthouse paintings. Actors will bring to life the complex relationships between Ida O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, and Georgia O’Keeffe, weaving together primary sources and letters with art, drawings, and photographs that reveal the enjoyment Ida and Georgia took in each other’s company prior to their estrangement in the early 1930s, as well as Stieglitz’s fascination with Ida. Quin Mathews’ short original film about the artist will also be shown at this event.


Reyna Grande: Community Book Club Event

Saturday. February 16, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Community Book Club Event

Location: North Oak Cliff Public Library, 302 West Tenth Street

Saturday, February 16, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

North Oak Cliff Public Library in partnership with Arts & Letters Live, Dallas Museum of Art

Free event with coffee and doughnuts for adults and children


A Moveable Feast Book Club: Jessie Burton's "The Miniaturist"

Thursday, February 21, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join fellow book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Founders Room and enjoy engaging dialogue about Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist, which premiered as a three-part series on PBS Masterpiece. Set in 17th-century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—The Miniaturist is a story steeped in atmosphere, suspense, betrayal, and retribution. Dr. Jaina Sanga, author, literary scholar, and Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities, will facilitate the conversation and lead the group discussion.



Reyna Grande & Valeria Luiselli

Monday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.

Reyna Grande’s memoir A Dream Called Home is an inspiring account of her quest to find her place in America as a first generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family. At 9 years old, Grande walked across the US-Mexico border in search of her parents, who left her behind years ago in pursuit of a better life. By daring to pursue her dreams of an education and a writing career, Grande builds the one thing she has always longed for: a home that would endure.


Valeria Luiselli’s novel Lost Children Archive humanizes the pressing and polarizing issue of immigration. As a family travels across America on a summer road trip, there is news on the radio about an “immigration crisis”: thousands of kids trying to cross the border into the United States, but getting detained—or lost in the desert along the way. As they drive, we sense that the family is on the brink of a crisis of its own. This powerful novel takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.


Texas Bound I

Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Compelling stories and passionate acting, all literally from the heart of Texas.” —Southern Living

Tiffany Solano DeSena of Dallas Theater Center’s Brierley Resident Acting Company will read “Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled” by Stephanie Saldaña. Jeffrey Schmidt, Artistic Director of Theatre Three in Dallas, will read “So Many Lovely Lies” by Andrew Geyer. Perennial audience favorite G. W. Bailey (M*A*S*H, The Police Academy films, and TNT’s Major Crimes) will read “Let Me Let You Go” by Jamie Brickhouse. The evening will also feature “The Red Swing” by local author Phyllis W. Allen, read by an actor to be announced.



"The Miniaturist": From Page to Screen

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Promotional Partner: KERA

When British author Jessie Burton’s New York Times–bestselling debut novel, The Miniaturist, premiered as a three-part series on PBS Masterpiece, it brought 17th-century Dutch culture vividly to life. At this event, Burton will share insights about her novel, and Susie Rogers and Kevin Mulvany, who trained as art historians, will discuss their creative process in making the miniatures used in the television series.

6:30 p.m.: Enjoy a tour of 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings and other decorative arts that resonate with themes in The Miniaturist.