Dallas Festival of Books and Ideas


June 01, 2019
12:00 AM


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Saturday, June 1, 11am–5pm

The Inspired City, planned by the DMA’s literary series Arts & Letters Live, connects art, people, books, and ideas in creative ways, ignites curiosity, and offers unique experiences for all ages. Hear award-winning authors talk about their latest books and meet them personally at book signings. Experience the DMA in new ways through interactive workshops and gallery walks led by authors, activities led by artists, and more.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Your registration allows the DMA to send you logistical information and helpful details shortly before the festival. Please note registration does not guarantee you a seat. Seats are first-come, first-served.

The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown also hosts activities for kids from 10am–6pm.
See the complete schedule at thedallasfestival.com.

Open Studio from noon-4pm in the C3 Art Studio:
Whether you love to paint and draw or sculpt and glue, we've got a project for you​. Projects will change each month, offering new materials and techniques for playing and creating. All ages are welcome to create, and all materials are provided.

Pop-Up Art Spot: Ancient Art of the Americas from 1–4pm:
Looking for a hands-on experience in the DMA galleries? Visit the Pop-Up Art Spot in the Ancient Art of the Americas Galleries, where you'll pick up a passport and begin your travels to earn activity stamps! Explore shapely structures and golden portraits, or participate in a scavenger hunt, all inspired by nearby works of art.

DMA speakers include:
Oscar Cásares
Tackling the immigration crisis from a human angle, Oscar Cásares's novel Where We Come From explores the ways that family history shapes us, how secrets can burden us, and how finding compassion for others can ultimately set us free.

Kimberly Willis Holt
This National Book Award–winning author talks about her new middle-grade novel The Lost Boy’s Gift, a coming-of-age tale with a magical twist that explores friendship, forgiveness, animals, and the power that comes with listening closely.

Brian Jay Jones
This master profiler of creative geniuses (George Lucas and Jim Henson) shares his new biography Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination. Explore the complex man behind the pseudonym.

Rhett Miller
Poetry/Lyrics Writing Workshop
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rhett Miller (Old 97’s) leads a hands-on workshop of poetry and lyric writing. Designed for ages 7 through adults. Space is limited.

Rhett Miller and Dan Santat
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rhett Miller teams up with Caldecott Medalist and bestselling artist Dan Santat in a riotous collection of irreverent poems for modern families, No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Got Worse.

Dan Santat
Join Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Dan Santat as he demonstrates how to create characters with amazing facial expressions, and then try your hand at sketching faces and masks in the DMA’s African Galleries.

Typewriter Rodeo: Poems on Demand
Austin-based Typewriter Rodeo will be on hand with their vintage typewriters to write custom spontaneous poems on any topic you want or inspired by a work of art.

Rob Walker – Talk
In this era of digital distraction, Rob Walker’s practical strategies in The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday provide a field guide to becoming an explorer of your everyday world.

Rob Walker – Tour
Join author Rob Walker on a walk through the DMA galleries, implementing fun and clever strategies of close looking from his book The Art of Noticing.
Space is limited.

Jamil Zaki
Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab talks about his new book The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World. Author Angela Duckworth hails it as a “masterpiece . . . [that] weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”