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Dallas Museum of Art Announces Fall 2018 Lineup for Arts & Letters Live.

Arts & Letters Live, the Dallas Museum of Art’s literary and performing arts program, has delighted avid readers in the DFW-area over the years with unique opportunities to attend events featuring distinguished authors and performers. The previous seasons’ lineups have included award-winners and notable icons, and with the recent announcement of the fall 2018 schedule, it’s safe to say that the upcoming roster remains true to this precedent. With esteemed writers in the fields of literature, art, architecture, religion, history, and performing arts, this season is worth celebrating!

Secure your seats and enjoy these standout headliners and more:

  • Artist and activist Kimothy Joy, whose new illustrated volume That’s What She Said blends watercolor and short biography to showcase the words and actions of over 50 influential female leaders, takes the stage on September 9. Joy will be leading a pre-event portraiture workshop in which attendees can create their own works based on people who inspire them.
  • Robert Harling, playwright of the hit production Steel Magnolias, which was later adapted into an iconic film, joins Dallas Theater Center’s Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell on September 17 to provide insights into the themes and creative process behind this work. The event will also feature a sneak peek of actors performing excerpts from DTC’s own production of the play before it opens to the public.
  • Author Sarah Bird has an array of honors under her belt, including being selected for the Meryl Streep Screenwriting Lab, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers program, NPR’s Moth Radio Series, the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and more. She’s heading to the DMA on September 20 to discuss her newest novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen.
  • Learn about bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book Leadership in Turbulent Times at her event on September 26. This work combines her signature storytelling with essential lessons from four of our nation’s presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been named a MacArthur Genius, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and a standout writer of her generation. On November 1 she will discuss her latest acclaimed novel that explores the bonds of a family tested by racism and poverty, Sing, Unburied, Sing.
  • Dallas Morning News architectural critic Mark Lamster wrote The Man in the Glass House to shed insights on architect Philip Johnson, one of the most influential figures on the American cultural landscape. Hear him elaborate on this work on November 27 at an event moderated by art historian, critic, and professor Rick Brettell.

The fall season only gets better with the DMA’s brand new program, and the perfect complement to Arts & Letters Live: A Moveable Feast Book Club! Join fellow bibliophiles for a buffet lunch at the DMA and engage in thoughtful dialogue about a featured book at least a week before selected Arts & Letters Live author events to enrich your experience.

Visit to see a complete schedule of the fall 2018 season of Arts & Letters Live.