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: 8/19/17

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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Letters Aloud: Fame

Sunday, September 24, 2:30 p.m.

Real letters by real people, read by great actors in a performance with live musical accompaniment. Letters Aloud performances connect audiences to famous (and infamous) historical figures through their intimate personal correspondence, both funny and poignant. As one fan said, “It’s like literary crack.” From humble beginnings to adoring fans to looking back on achievements and lessons learned, this performance charts the course of celebrity through the correspondence of luminaries like Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Emily Dickinson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Hanks.

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Michael Chabon

Monday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will be in conversation with Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty about his latest book Moonglow and his creative process. Chabon wrote it after spending time with his terminally-ill grandfather, who shared recollections and stories Chabon had never heard. It is a tale of marriage and desire, of war and adventure, and of the destructive impact—and creative power—of keeping secrets and telling lies. DTC actors will read excerpts from Moonglow, bringing Chabon’s words to life on stage.

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Dan Brown

Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.

Dan Brown, international bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno will talk about his chart-topping works and making blockbuster movies, as well as his trademark interests in codes, science, religion and art. His newest novel, Origin, thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

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Roz Chast

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.

Iconic New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast returns to Arts & Letters Live by popular demand! Roz Chast’s new graphic memoir is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York—a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it. Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of modern life. Her works typically address the universal topics of guilt, aging, families, money, real estate, and much, much more! 

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Walter Isaacson

Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.

From the author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Einstein comes Leonardo da Vinci, an engrossing portrayal of the world’s most creative genius. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative connecting his art and science. He also illustrates how Leonardo’s genius stemmed from skills we can improve in ourselves – passionate curiosity, careful observation, and a playful imagination. Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane University, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine.

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An Evening Celebrating Two Giants: Juan Rulfo and Cardona Peña

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

In partnership with Teatro Dallas, the DMA will honor two of the most celebrated Latin American authors of the twentieth century, Juan Rulfo and Alfredo Cardona Peña, with a world premiere of theatrical adaptations of short stories and contemporary dance. Come early and enjoy a festive Mexican-themed dinner and drinks in the DMA Cafe, view the Days of the Dead altar set up by artist Sara Cardona, and enjoy a short talk by Cora Cardona about the origins and symbolism of Days of the Dead celebrations.

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Annie Leibovitz

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Annie Leibovitz is one of the great observers of the contemporary world, capturing the personalities of the past half-century in images that are both iconic and intimate. In an exclusive Dallas event, she will present a selection of defining works from her newly published Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005–2016. Leibovitz’s distinctive, wide-ranging portraits portray artists, writers, actors, politicians, athletes, royals, activists and others who have shaped the times we live in.

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Dan Rather

Thursday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.

Dan Rather is one of the world’s best-known journalists and the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards, and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. KERA’s Krys Boyd will moderate a conversation with Rather about his new book, What Unites Us, a collection of wholly original essays that celebrates our shared values and shows us what patriotism looks like. He brings to bear his decades of experience on the front-lines of the world’s biggest stories and offers readers a way forward.

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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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