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

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Robert Hoge: Own Your Face

Sunday, September 11, 3:00 p.m.

Hear Australian author Robert Hoge discuss his powerful memoir Ugly. Born with disfiguring deformities, Hoge examines life, love, beauty, and owning our own physical imperfections. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly enthused, “Writing with humor, honesty, compassion and grace, Robert Hoge recounts his life story. . . . [Ugly] testifies to the power of a loving family and a courageous soul.” Geared to middle grade readers and older, the book offers a powerful message about being yourself and embracing your appearance. 

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Ross King: More Than Meets the Eye

Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.

Ross King's newest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Money and the Painting of the Water Lilies, examines how Monet's paintings of water lilies belie the intense frustration he experienced with painting during the early 20th century.

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Yaa Gyasi and Margo Jefferson: Family Ties

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

Pulitzer Prize-winning, culture critic Margo Jefferson will interview Yaa Gyasi about her epic debut novel, Homegoing, which begins with two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana—one married off to a wealthy Englishman, the other sold into slavery—and traces the lives of their descendants to 20th-century America.

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Hannah Rothschild: Art, Mystery, and Intrigue

Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.

In The Improbability of Love, a mesmerizing first novel by Hannah Rothschild, an obscure 18th-century French painting careens a woman into the secretive operations of the London art world. Rothschild is a film director and the first woman chair of the National Gallery in London.

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Patricia Cornwell: Kay Scarpetta and the Cyber Nemesis

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Chaos is Patricia Cornwell's remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell will also share her theory of the artist Walter Sickert as Jack the Ripper, an artist in the DMA's collection.

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