Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the 23rd anniversary season of Arts & Letters Live, the Museum’s literary and performing arts series. With approximately 30 scheduled events, one-third of which are free to the public, featuring authors, actors and musicians, some of this season’s highlights include appearances by Pulitzer Prize-winners Dave Barry and Rick Atkinson; National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan, and New York Times bestselling authors Malcolm Gladwell and Diana Gabaldon.
Widely acknowledged as a major contribution to Dallas’s cultural life, Arts & Letters Live has sold out most of its events since its inception in 1992. Audiences estimated at over 252,000 have attended 585 series programs. To date, Arts & Letters Live has featured 925 authors, actors and performing artists in its more than 20 years of programming. Over the years, authors and actors featured in Arts & Letters Live programs have earned 45 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Academy Awards, over 79 Emmy nominations, 10 Man Booker Prizes, 10 PEN/Faulkner Awards, 15 Newbery Medals, and 5 National Humanities Medals.
“We’re thrilled with the star-studded lineup of authors, artists and performers featured in our 23rd season—they range from the witty Dave Barry and B. J. Novak (one of the genius minds behind the popular television show The Office) to the insightful Malcolm Gladwell and the iconic Amy Tan and Ruth Reichl,” said Carolyn Bess, director of programming and Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art. “There’s something to match everyone’s taste, no matter whether you prefer literary fiction, nonfiction, memoir, humor, history, poetry, short stories, art or dance. Woven into all of Arts & Letters Live’s programs is an emphasis on and celebration of the creative process; these experiences allow you to hear the inside scoop from authors and performers about how they came to write a particular book.”
From January to June 2014, Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art will feature award-winning and bestselling authors Amy Tan, Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Barry, Timothy Egan, B. J. Novak, Jonathan Lethem, Misty Copeland, Rick Atkinson, Diana Gabaldon and many more. The season kicks off with two free Fresh Ink events on Friday, January 17. At 7:00 p.m., Amy Grace Loyd will discuss her debut novel, The Affairs of Others, which delves into many of the same themes and settings as Edward Hopper’s art. Some of the most celebrated writers in Dallas, Matt Bondurant, Catherine Cuellar, David Haynes and Kathleen Kent, will explore noir fiction during the special Dallas Noir Fresh Ink event at 8:30 p.m. This season also features a special opportunity to join author Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and restaurant critic for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, for a three-course dinner in addition to her Wit & Wisdom event discussing her debut novel Delicious on May 13.
This year, the DMA invites the public to purchase tickets and learn more about the season during a special Arts & Letters Live “Open House” on Thursday, December 12, from noon to 1:00 p.m. or between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum’s C3 Theater.
One of the signature programs, Texas Bound (Texas actors reading short fiction by Texas writers), plays to packed houses and has toured to other cities in Texas, including Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and Tyler. Well-known actors participating in Texas Bound have included Tommy Lee Jones, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman, Marcia Gay Harden, Judith Ivey and Doris Roberts. The series has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Southern Living and other national publications. Since 2008, Arts & Letters Live has partnered to re-broadcast current and prior Texas Bound programs through Reading & Radio Resource, a closed radio network serving people in North Texas with visual impairments and learning differences; these re-broadcasts serve an estimated 15,000 people annually.
Texas Bound actors this year will include David Strathairn, Parker Posey, Kaneza Schaal, G. W. Bailey, Allison Pistorius, Seth Magil, Raphael Parry, Reis Myers McCormick and Lydia Mackay.
Arts & Letters Live’s free BooksmART series features award-winning authors and illustrators for the young and young-at-heart. Over the past few years, the series has hosted numerous Caldecott and Newbery Medal–winning authors and illustrators, such as E. L. Konigsburg, Christopher Paul Curtis, Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, Robert Sabuda, Judy Schachner, Jeff Kinney, and Chris Van Allsburg. In 2014 BooksmART authors and illustrators will include Oliver Jeffers discussing his recent books The Day the Crayons Quit, a collaboration with Drew Daywalt, and It Wasn’t Me: The Hueys, Book 2; Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever; Karen Cushman, Newbery medal-winning author of Catherine, Called Birdy; and S. E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders.
Tickets are on sale now. Order online at DMA.org/tickets or call during normal business hours at 214-922-1818. This season, select authors include an option for a ticket and book combo price.
Tickets for BooksmART (for children and young adults) and Fresh Ink events are free; regular events are $35. This season, select authors include an option for a ticket and book combo price. Diana Gabaldon tickets are $66, which includes a hardcover copy of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood; B. J. Novak tickets are $55 and include a copy of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Discounts are available for DMA Partners and students. For details, visit DMA.org/ALL. Book signings following each of the author events are held at the Museum Store, which stocks titles by each author featured in the series.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy, and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.