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: 6/22/18

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.  

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Reading and Conversation with Sheila Heti & Sigrid Nunez

Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.

In Sheila Heti’s latest book, Motherhood, the New York Times bestselling author asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won her international acclaim. Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez’s new novel The Friend is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and tells the story of a woman who unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, and finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. It is a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. The authors will read brief excerpts from their latest work and then engage in conversation, moderated by Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation.

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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.

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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.

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