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Erin and Philip C. Stead

Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m.

The dynamic duo Erin and Philip Stead live and work side by side creating heartwarming stories such as A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. Erin’s forthcoming book Tony returns to themes of friendship and loyalty with the late poet Ed Galing’s tale of a boy and his horse. Philip’s latest, Samson in the Snow, highlights the power of simple acts of kindness to bring hope and light to even the coldest world. Their talk is at 11:30 a.m. and is designed for families and children as well as the young-at-heart.

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Boshell Lecture: The Aztec Templo Mayor: Recent Discoveries in Downtown Mexico City

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.

In the center of Mexico City, layered remnants of an Aztec temple, the Templo Mayor, reveal what Aztec society was like in the generations before the Spanish Conquest. Discover exciting new finds from the site with Dr. Leonardo López Luján, Senior Researcher in Archaeology at the Museo del Templo Mayor and Director of the Proyecto Templo Mayor. 

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Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Nest is Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel that garnered a seven-figure advance and spent more than 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It dissects the juicy dynamics of the Plumb family, composed of four adult siblings and a distant mother who holds the purse strings to their inheritance. When the oldest sibling, Leo, maims a teenage girl in a drunk-driving crash, the mother uses money from “The Nest” to pay for the girl’s medical needs and to keep her quiet. Resentment mounts as each sibling crafts his or her way to get Leo to repay the money he owes them. Sweeney is currently writing the screenplay for the film adaptation.

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Stephen Tobolowsky

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

In My Adventures with God, Stephen Tobolowsky shares a funny, introspective collection of short stories about love, triumph, and catastrophe, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is God. Filtered through his signature sharp wit, he also provides a structure from which to evaluate our own lives and relationship with a higher power. Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows, notably Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day, Glee, The Goldbergs, and Silicon Valley.

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Late Night Talk: Food and Storytelling in "The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook"

Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

Behind every great recipe is a story. In The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes, artist, writer, and editor Natalie Eve Garrett collected the stories and recipes of more than 70 of the greatest creative minds of our time. Join Garrett as she discusses the book and reflects on the intersections of art, food, and life.

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Tom Vanderbilt

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever wondered how Netflix recommends movies, why we venerate artists who were controversial or ignored during their lifetimes, or why books often see a sudden decline in Amazon ratings after they win a major prize, Tom Vanderbilt has the answers. His newest book dives into the subject of why we like the things we like and what our preferences reveal about us. In You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice, Vanderbilt navigates psychology, marketing, and neuroscience to explore the elusive beast of taste.

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Brettell Lecture: The Mondrian Brand

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.

From cake to clothing, the iconic abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian have been appropriated and reproduced countless times since his death. In a lecture based on her book The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian, art historian Nancy Troy discusses the impact on the artist's legacy, both in pop culture and among subsequent generations of artists. 

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David Sedaris

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

David Sedaris returns for his eighth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to read new and unpublished material. A bestselling author, essayist, and widely popular speaker whose hallmark is his wry wit and distinctive voice, Sedaris relishes the opportunity to share his stories with the audience and experience their reaction. Sedaris’s books include NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.  

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Eric Litwin at the Dallas Book Festival

Saturday, April 29, 1:30 p.m.

Chant, sing, move creatively, and laugh with guitar strumming #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author Eric Litwin, who will share his new book The Nuts: Keep Rolling! Litwin is the author of the first four Pete the Cat books. His books have sold more than 8.5 million copies, been translated into 13 languages, and won 18 literacy awards, including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

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