Format: 12/21/14

Dennis Lehane: Master of the New Noir

Tuesday, April 7th 7:30pm

International bestselling master of crime fiction Dennis Lehane shares insights into his new book World Gone By, set during World War II in Cuba and Florida. He explores the themes of crime, passion, and vengeance in this psychologically and morally engaging story that details the rise of the mob. Three of Lehane’s ten previous novels have been adapted into award-winning films: Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone, Baby, Gone. Lehane was a staff writer on the HBO series The Wire and is currently a writer/producer of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire


Billy Collins and Aimee Mann: Poetry, Music, and Conversation

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

In celebration of National Poetry Month

Award-winning poet Billy Collins and Oscar- and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aimee Mann come together for a rare evening of poetry, acoustic music, and conversation about their art forms and process. Collins is the former U.S. Poet Laureate and author of ten poetry collections. Award-winning songwriter and indie music star Aimee Mann pens “sharp, literate, carefully crafted lyrics” (The Telegraph, U.K.). 


Candice Bergen: Candid Reflection

Wednesday, April 15th 7:30pm

Promotional Partner: Dallas International Film Festival

The star of Murphy Brown and winner of five Emmy Awards, Candice Bergen is also an accomplished writer. Her forthcoming memoir, A Fine Romance, is the follow-up to her first bestseller, Knock Wood, which the New York Times hailed as an “engaging, intelligent, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography.” She’ll share insights into her marriage to famous French director Louis Malle, the birth of her daughter, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom. 


Jacob Rubin & Rebecca Scherm: Identity Thief

Friday, April 17th 7:00pm

Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is a deeply original comic novel about a man who can imitate anyone he meets, but in the end, he must risk everything for the chance to know true love. Rebecca Scherm’s debut novel, Unbecoming, is an intricately plotted and psychologically nuanced literary thriller about a girl who charms her way into the world of international art fraud.


Harry Bliss & Barney Saltzberg: Imaginative Illustrating

Sunday, April 26th 3:00pm

Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator of almost 50 books for children and a singer/songwriter, explores the creative process of writing and illustrating in his latest work Inside this Book. Illustrator Harry Bliss asks audiences, old and young alike, the question “what is art?” in his newest collaboration, Grandma in Blue with Red Hat. Bliss is also a cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the New Yorker.


Sue Roe & Joshua Wolf Shenk: Matisse, Picasso & the Power of Pairs

Monday, April 27th 7:30pm

Sue Roe’s new book In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art uses the famous artists’ village in Paris as the backdrop for creative rivalries and synergies that helped produce some of the most iconic works of art today. Joshua Wolf Shenk’s book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, examines the creative collaboration and inspiration found in iconic pairs such as Matisse and Picasso, the Beatles, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and many more. 


Oral Fixation—Destination America: True Stories of Immigration

Saturday, May 16th 7:30pm

In partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA: International Music and Arts Festival

Back by popular demand and inspired by the DMA’s annual hosting of a naturalization ceremony, seven Texas storytellers tell their own true tales of their immigration. Their journeys and voices will inspire you, surprise you, and, quite possibly, break your heart. If you or someone you know is an American immigrant who wants to share a story at this event, please contact


Anthony Doerr & Jim Shepard: Compassion and Catastrophe

Tuesday, May 19th 7:30pm

Anthony Doerr has won four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. His novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is a 2014 National Book Award finalist. Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron, also set during World War II, tells the story of a young boy whose family has been driven into the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Aron joins a group of children risking their lives to keep people alive by smuggling and trading commodities.


Homeschool Class for Families: NatureScapes

Thursday, May 28, OR June 25, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Homeschool Class for Families offers an interactive Museum experience for families with children ages 6–12 and requires advance registration. Click the event for additional information.

In the May and June class, discover a variety of nature scenes in our galleries to gain inspiration for creating your own natural work of art.


Fashioning our Identities

Tuesday, June 9th 7:30pm

In this visually compelling and extensively researched book, Women in Clothes, editors Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton will have a spirited conversation about what informs and motivates women in their daily clothing choices and what those fashion choices symbolize and reflect about our lives. Over 600 surveys of women across races, creeds, religions, and ages reveal that there are myriad responses to the question “what does style mean to you?”  Fashion designer Lela Rose will share insights into her creative process and how artists have inspired some of her designs.