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: 6/25/19

Dallas Festival of Books and Ideas at the DMA

Saturday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Inspired City, planned by the DMA’s literary series Arts & Letters Live, connects art, people, books, and ideas in creative ways, ignites curiosity, and offers unique experiences for all ages. Hear award-winning authors talk about their latest books and meet them personally at book signings. Experience the DMA in new ways through interactive workshops and gallery walks led by authors, activities led by artists, and more.


A Moveable Feast Book Club: "Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior"

Choose from two dates: Tuesday, June 4, or Wednesday, June 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., join fellow fashionistas and book lovers in the DMA's Founders Room for French wine and cheese and a conversation about Christian Dior's autobiography, delving into his life, his work, and insights about his creative process in his own words. Then, enjoy an exclusive, expert-led private tour of the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World. Each session is limited to 50 participants. Copies of Dior by Dior are available for purchase separately in the DMA Store.


Elaine Welteroth

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.

An Arts & Letters Live and Second Thursdays Collaboration

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. Her new book More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) is a riveting and timely memoir that unpacks the lessons Welteroth learned through her journey to becoming the youngest ever—and only second African American—editor-in-chief at Condé Nast at the time. A deeply personal coming-of-age tale, More Than Enough is about a young woman reckoning with race, family, friendship, and heartbreak, and learning to look inward—and upward—for strength.

More Than Enough is a guide for young people who want to find their voice, a crash course for those who want to challenge the status quo, and an adventure story for all of us.”
—Malala Yousafzai

Public: $15 (includes admission to Second Thursdays and to Elaine Welteroth’s talk)

DMA Members: $10 (your DMA membership allows you free access to Second Thursdays)


Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Testaments, the brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, answers questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison, or death. The Testaments picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood