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: 6/23/18

Caroline Weber

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

Acclaimed author, French literature professor, and fashion historian, Dr. Caroline Weber returns to French high society with Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin de Siècle Paris. The book features three wealthy but unhappily married paragons of Parisian nobility, elegance, and style, who captured the attention of Marcel Proust and were the inspiration for his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes. Through masked balls, court visits, and nights at the opera, Weber escorts her reader into the daily lives of these women celebrated as living legends. Back by popular demand, Weber appeared at Arts & Letters Live years ago for her book Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.


Clemantine Wamariya

Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Human rights advocate Clemantine Wamariya captures the personal aftershocks of war, displacement, and survival in her powerful memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After. At age 6, Clemantine and her 15-year-old sister, Claire, were two of the millions of people who fled Rwanda in 1994 while over 800,000 people were murdered. She recounts with breathtaking clarity both the kindness and the cruelty she and Claire encountered while wandering through seven African countries for six years searching for safety and shelter. Wamariya now uses stories drawn from her experiences to catalyze change and create community; she has spoken at the United Nations, TEDxYale, and the US Depart­ment of Homeland Security Human Rights Law Conference. 


Francine Prose & Pamela Paul

Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist Francine Prose celebrates the pleasures of reading in her brilliant collection What to Read and Why, highlighting the works and writers she admires above all others, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Mohsin Hamid. In Pamela Paul’s My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, the editor of the New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life, meticulously recorded in her lifelong journal named “Bob.” With passion, humor, and insight, these two authors celebrate literature and the power and beauty of the written word.  


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela's Birth

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

An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the 20th century, published on the centenary of his birth, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals him to be a loving father, a husband who offered unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife, and a tireless advocate of a human rights philosophy that resonates today. This landmark volume presents the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. This event will feature Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and entrepreneur, and Sahm Venter, journalist and Senior Researcher at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


Ina Garten

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

Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food, entertaining tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. The Emmy Award-winning host of the Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network and New York Times bestselling author will be joined on stage by a local moderator. Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of her hit TV show; an in-depth exploration of her latest book, Cook Like a Pro, to be released in fall 2018; and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and passion, plus she will engage the audience with an interactive Q&A.