Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages at the Dallas Museum of Art 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: 12/22/14

Texas Bound I: Family (Dys)function

Monday, January 12th 7:30pm

An evening of stories ranging from poignant to side splittingly funny about family ties and dysfunction. Acclaimed Texas actors bring these stories to life on stage. Features work by Dallas authors David Haynes, Clay Reynolds, Betty Wiesepape, and Kevin Sutton, as well as Bret Anthony Johnston, the winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’ 2014 Cattarulla Short Story Contest, named in honor of Arts & Letters Live’s founding producer. Actors will include Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts (Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond), Glenn Morshower (Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce on 24 and family attorney Lew Rosen on TNT’s Dallas), Chamblee Ferguson, Lydia Mackay, and Sally Nystuen Vahle.


Tim Federle: The Classics, with a Twist

Friday, January 16th 7:00pm

Tim Federle, former Broadway star turned author, shares his whimsical and witty books Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, winner of the Goodreads Best Cookbook of 2013, and Hickory Daiquiri Dock. They offer up a delightful blend of literary commentary, puns, and drink recipes.


Fredrik Logevall: Embers of War: America in Vietnam

Tuesday, January 20th 7:30pm

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and SMU’s Center for Presidential History

Why did Vietnam became the setting for one of the longest and bloodiest struggles of the entire post-1945 era, and why did two Western powers, first France and then the United States, lose their way there?  At this event, Fredrik Logevall of Cornell University will consider these questions anew, drawing from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam, and his earlier prize-winning work, Choosing War


Graeme Simsion: An Experiment in Love

Wednesday, January 21st 7:30pm

Graeme Simsion, Australian author of The Rosie Project, has sold more than a million copies, engaging readers with the hilarious and heartwarming story of Don Tillman, a brilliant but socially inept scientist who crafts a scientific survey, The Wife Project, to find a perfect partner. The highly anticipated sequel, The Rosie Effect, follows the quirky, happy couple as they prepare for the birth of their first child. 


Roz Chast: Drawing on Loss

Wednesday, January 28th 7:30pm

Over 1,000 of Roz Chast’s cartoons have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978; editor David Remnick has hailed her as “the magazine’s only certifiable genius,” and O Magazine has said she has the “wryest pen since Dorothy Parker’s.” Chast will talk about her creative process and her latest book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a touching and funny illustrated memoir of her time as her ailing parents’ primary caregiver. It is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.


Texas Bound II: Hellos and Goodbyes

Monday, February 2nd 7:30pm

Film and TV star G.W. Bailey (Major Crimes, The Closer, M*A*S*H, Police Academy films) reads an outrageous story about three judges and their reactions to a Texas chili contest. Acclaimed local actors Constance Gold Parry, Gail Cronauer, and Tina Parker share stories about the death of a beloved dog, the nursing of a whooping crane, and an essay by Sarah Bird about a hilarious mishap at the Texas Book Festival. 


Philipp Meyer and Grace Pettis: Texas Tales in Story, Song, and Art

Monday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.

Philipp Meyer’s novel, The Son, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction in 2014. His prose has drawn comparisons to iconic American authors such as Faulkner and Hemingway. Grace Pettis has earned a reputation as a respected songwriter and performer. Pettis has been praised for her songwriting prowess and her clear, emotive vocals.  The Museum is commissioning Pettis to write a new song, inspired by a work of art in the DMA’s collection, that will debut at this performance.


Ina Garten

Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with Mills Entertainment

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. Ina Garten delivers a charming insider's view of her hit TV show (now in its eleventh season) and the pleasures of good food cooked with love and passion. A Q&A with the audience will follow.


Lynsey Addario: Behind the Lens and Enemy Lines

Friday, February 20th 7:00pm

Promotional Partner: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

In her new memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, Addario gives readers a glimpse into her experiences documenting war and human crises across the globe, and how she reconciles that with her role of mother and wife. Addario is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant and winner of a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. 


Jacqueline Woodson: Dreams Come True

Sunday, February 22nd 3:00pm

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, a collection of beautifully wrought poems depicting her childhood in South Carolina and New York, won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The New York Times said that “This is a book full of poems that cry out to be learned by heart. These are poems that will, for years to come, be stored in our bloodstream.” Much of Woodson’s writing explores the issues of gender, class, and race, as well as family and history, themes she addresses in groundbreaking ways.