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: 10/24/16

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.


An Evening with Cary Elwes

Wednesday, November 2, 5:30 p.m.

In this highly anticipated event, fans of The Princess Bride will join the dashing Westley, actor Cary Elwes, for a behind-the-scenes conversation about life on and off the set of the classic film. After a screening of the iconic film, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion, revealing never-before-shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics!


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.


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 represented in the DMA's collection.


Zadie Smith

Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.

In her first-ever event in Dallas, Zadie Smith will be in conversation with KERA’s Krys Boyd to discuss her forthcoming novel, Swing Time, which will be released on November 15.