Get up close and personal with Texas Bound veteran and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, who gives a masterful performance of "Women & Horses (1976)," a powerful story by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Wetmore. Matthew McConaughey makes his inaugural Texas Bound debut with a hilarious reading of an excerpt from "Outlaw Logic," from his recent memoir Greenlights. Dallas actors Maryam Baig, Kenya Flippin, and Chris Ramirez join the star-studded lineup reading stories from Dallas authors Jenny Bhatt and LaToya Watkins, as well as Austin-based writer Dagoberto Gilb.
In conversation with Mira Jacob
Recording available through May 3
Two highly anticipated novels about women defying past and present expectations to experience what it truly means to be free
Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt traces a lineage of women from 19th-century Cuba to present-day Miami and Mexico, addressing issues of addiction, displacement, and the legacy of trauma.
Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel Libertie follows a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn who yearns for a life different than that of her physician mother.
Recording available through May 11
Pre-recorded virtual event
Two award-winning novelists with riveting stories set in Nigeria and Madagascar, cultures featured in the DMA’s exhibition Moth to Cloth: Silk in Africa
Abi Daré’s celebrated novel The Girl with the Louding Voice is the unforgettable, inspiring story of Adunni, a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself.
From National Book Award–nominated writer Andrea Lee, Red Island House is an evocative novel about loyalty, identity, and heritage that follows two decades in the marriage between an African American professor and her wealthy Italian husband.
In conversation with author Simon Winchester
Recording available through June 1
Set during the height of the women's suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams is a novel about the magic of growing up in a world of words. At its heart is the story of Esme, a young woman who has grown up in the “Scriptorium,” where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers work to select words for the first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme takes it upon herself to collect and preserve words that have been neglected or discarded by the male lexicographers who are shaping the English language.
Inspired by actual events, Williams delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary to create a delightful, lyrical, and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words and the power of language to shape the world.
Recording available through June 8
In partnership with World Affairs Council
Daniel James Brown has collaborated with a nonprofit that preserves the oral histories of formerly-interned Japanese Americans to produce Facing the Mountain, a heartbreaking and eye-opening account of four Japanese American families whose sons volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, deploying to the frontlines of Europe while their families were imprisoned at home. Facing the Mountain shines a light on the bravery and patriotism of a few young men – and the endurance of our parents – during one of the darkest moments in American history.
Promotional partner: Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas
Recording available until June 29
Before Chef Aarón Sánchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican American son in El Paso, Texas, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. Sánchez delves into his formative years with remarkable candor, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and started a career in the fast-paced culinary world.
This Artful Feastings event includes a demonstration by Chef Sánchez on how to make the best guacamole, as well as a short curatorial talk by Dr. Mark A. Castro, The Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, about thematically related works of art in the DMA’s collection.
Ticket holders can watch on demand through June 22
Promotional Partner: KERA
In partnership with World Affairs Council
Recording available through June 29
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a MacArthur fellowship, among many other honors, Annette Gordon-Reed is considered one of the nation’s preeminent historians.
Although stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Annette Gordon-Reed—acclaimed historian and Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state with her latest work On Juneteenth. Combining personal anecdotes with American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African Americans played an integral role in the Texas story.