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: 3/19/19

World of Musicals

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

The World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theater to life. This captivating production is an emotional journey through the great world of musicals that will leave the audience spellbound. With beautiful ballads from Evita, Les Misérables, and Phantom of the Opera, along with upbeat favorites from Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You, and Mamma Mia, there is something in this show for everyone. This is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite musicals in one unforgettable evening. The audience will also vote in advance to select a few numbers that they want to hear!


Maria Semple

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

A hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch, Maria Semple’s breakout novel Where’d You Go Bernadette spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, and will soon be a major motion picture by director Richard Linklater starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer. At this event, Semple will discuss the fiction to film process, shedding light on the upcoming film adaptation, as well as on her own television writing career. She has written for Ellen, Mad About You, Arrested Development, and other shows. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Los Angeles Times.


Texas Bound II

Monday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

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

Rosaura Cruz, Executive Director of Junior Players, will read “Go Boom” by Elizabeth Hamilton. Lydia Mackay, Assistant Professor of Performance in the Theatre Department at TCU, will read “Survivor Honeymoon” by Amanda Eyre Ward. The evening will also feature Brad Leland of Friday Night Lights and Deep Water Horizon reading “The Dead Languages” by William Humphrey.


A Moveable Feast Book Club: Madeline Miller's "Circe"

Tuesday, April 2, 11:45 a.m.

Join fellow bibliophiles for lunch in the DMA’s Founders Room as you enjoy thoughtful conversation about Madeline Miller’s bestseller Circe. The New York Times effused that “Circe [is] a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” Dr. Jaina Sanga, author, literary scholar, and Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities, will facilitate the conversation and lead the group discussion.



Yuyi Morales

Sunday, April 7

Arts & Letters Live BooksmART event: Dreamers with Yuyi Morales

2:00–3:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium

Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales shares her personal story through her picture book Dreamers. In 1994 she left her home in Xalapa, Mexico, and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but brought her strength, passion, hopes, dreams, and stories with her. Dreamers is a story about family, making a home in a new place, and the inspiration found in stories and libraries. This interactive presentation is largely in English, but incorporates some Spanish.

Free tickets for the lecture will available online in advance at or by calling 214-922-1818. More than 100 tickets will be available the day of the festival and are first-come, first-served at the Will Call Desk near Horchow Auditorium beginning at 11:00 a.m.


Madeline Miller & Mary Norris

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

This event will pair two powerful authors for a festive evening of Greek art, myth, travel, and food! With vivid characters, poetic language, and page-turning suspense, Madeline Miller’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Circe is a triumph of storytelling featuring the Odyssey’s most infamous female figure; it’s an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, love, and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. Mary Norris, the beloved “Comma Queen” of The New Yorker’s copy department, returns with a witty, wise, and charming book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea of Greece. Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen is an unforgettable account of both her life-long love affair with words and her solo adventures to the land of ouzo and olive trees.

6:30 p.m.: Enjoy a pre-event tour of works from Greece in the DMA’s collection.


Susan Choi & Nell Freudenberger

Sunday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.

In Susan Choi’s new novel Trust Exercise, what happens in one highly competitive performing arts high school reverberates through lives—and across generations. Captivating, tender, and surprising, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, friendships and loyalties, and the wise capacities of adolescents and the powers and responsibilities of adults. Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger is a suspenseful exploration of female friendship, love, and parenthood bonds. Two friends, once on similar academic career paths in science, drifted apart after one abandons a potentially brilliant career in academia, in part because of unwanted attention from a star professor. Both authors are recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships and PEN awards.



Rick Bragg & Helen Ellis

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.

In The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table, Rick Bragg preserves his southern heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother’s cooking and education, from childhood to old age. This New York Times bestseller includes 74 mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes in a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and especially, to his mother. Helen Ellis, the bestselling author of American Housewife, is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. Ann Pachett loved Southern Lady Code saying, “As a Southern Lady myself, I cannot only confirm the veracity of the facts, I can tell you the book made me laugh like a hyena.”


Tayari Jones

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

In An American Marriage by New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. When Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit, she becomes unmoored and seeks comfort from a childhood friend and best man at their wedding. An Oprah’s Book Club selection, An American Marriage is a stirring love story that delves deep into the hearts and souls of three people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.


David Brooks

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

In Partnership with World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

The Second Mountain by New York Times columnist David Brooks is a thought-provoking commentary on the rampant individualism that has become the defining ethos of our culture. Brooks explores what it means to lead a meaningful life, suggesting that the first mountain an individual faces is about building up the ego, defining the self, and striving for success; the second mountain is about shedding the ego, planting yourself amid those who need, and giving yourself away. Brooks has spent more than five years thinking about how to give life meaning after worldly success failed to fulfill. This new book is the product of his personal quest for a joyful life.