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.
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.
In conversation with Mark Castro,The Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, DMA
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.
In partnership with World Affairs Council
Opening remarks by Ms. Opal Lee, Social Impact Leader
In conversation with Jonathan Holloway, President of Rutgers University
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.
In conversation with Joel Ferrell and Tiana Kaye Blair
Tiny Beautiful Things: From Page to Stage
In partnership with Dallas Theater Center
Recording available through July 12
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar— from page to stage, coming this fall to Dallas Theater Center! This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus's Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. "Wise and compassionate" (The New York Times Book Review), brimming with humor and insight—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way. Cheryl Strayed will discuss her writing process and experience as “Sugar;” Joel Ferrell and Tiana Kaye Blair, who direct and star in the DTC production, will moderate and conversation and get audiences excited about the upcoming stage adaptation.
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