Format: 12/15/17

Ronald C. White, Jr.

Sunday, January 28, 4:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Arts & Letters Live and First Presbyterian Church

Award-winning author and historian Ronald C. White captures the essence of the sixteenth commander-in-chief in A. Lincoln, a biography that delves deep into the writings of the president known for constant correspondence and a top hat full of notes. Through focusing on tangible written sources, White develops an understanding of the strong moral compass, intel­lectual curiosity, and comfort with ambiguity that defined Lincoln’s life. White will talk on “Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and the Religion of Lincoln.” A. Lincoln is a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.


Jhumpa Lahiri

Tuesday, January 30, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Emanu-El, Olan Sanctuary

In 2000 Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize for her debut story collection Interpreter of Maladies, and was later awarded the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Her first novel, The Namesake, was a New York Times Notable Book and adapted as a film by director Mira Nair. The Clothing of Books (2017) is a short personal meditation on the art of the book jacket. To write In Other Words (2016), an autobiographical work that investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, Lahiri moved to Rome with her family seeking full immersion, for “a trial by fire, a sort of baptism” into a new language and world. The New York Times Book Review calls it “gorgeous . . . the most unusual of self-portraits.” 


Jojo Moyes

Saturday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes returns with Still Me, a continuation of the story of Louisa Clark, the bright, inquisitive, and well-loved heroine of Me Before You and After You. Me Before You was turned into the popular 2016 movie of the same name starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). In Still Me, Louisa is thrown into New York high society, struggling to reconcile with loss, past relationships, and self-identity amidst the complications of her new surroundings. Moyes is a two-time winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and her works have been translated into 43 languages.


Teen Workshop: Paper Flower Crowns

Sundays, February 4-18, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In 1911 artist Edward Steichen was commissioned to immortalize his group of friends in a series of portraits using the symbolic language of flowers to speak to their personalities. In this three-week workshop, we will mash up paper craft, botany, and symbolism to create a flower crown that says something about you. Ages 13-19. All materials provided, and no experience necessary.  


Arturo's Art & Me: Tell Me a Story

February 7, 8 or 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Arturo's Art & Me is for 3-5 year olds and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.

​From legends and fairy tales to real-life adventures, every work of art tells a story. In February, learn some of the stories behind favorite paintings, and then create your own story-art in the studio.



Denise Kiernan

Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.

Denise Kiernan’s The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home explores the drama and tragic struggles experienced by the famous Vanderbilt family inside the Biltmore House. This story that spans world wars, the Jazz Age, and the Depression features a captivating cast of real-life characters, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Kiernan’s previous book The Girls of Atomic City was named a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller. 


Toddler Art: Sweet Dreams

February 9, 13, or 16, 11:00 a.m.-12 noon

Toddler Art is for 2-3 year olds and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.

In February's class, enjoy sweet dreams as we learn about a giant-sized bed that almost lived at the White House.



Family Workshop: Along the Silk Road

Saturday, February 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Family Workshop is for children ages 6-12 and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.

February's class has us traveling the Silk Road in search of fine fabrics and opulent outfits. In the studio, we'll try designing our own textiles!


Paul Auster

Sunday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Bestselling author Paul Auster’s newest novel, 4 3 2 1—a sweeping story of birthright and pos­sibility, of love and life—explores the four possible life paths of Archibald Isaac Ferguson. Each of the four Fergusons has different relation­ships, family fortunes, athletic skills, and intellectual passions, and all four fall under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman. Each Fergusons’ plea­sures and pains create an unforgettable tour de force that tenderly combines “what ifs” with the reality of growing up in New York in the 1950s and 60s. This acclaimed novel is a New York Times bestseller and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 


Shawn Achor

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.

In the highly anticipated follow-up to his New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, Shawn Achor reveals in his latest book that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other. Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being illustrates how just as happiness is contagious, every dimension of human potential—performance, intelligence, creativity, leadership ability, and health—is influenced by those around us. A native Texan who spent twelve years at Harvard University, Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His TED Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.