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Donna Wilhelm at Arts & Letters Live

Peggy Wallace Kennedy & Donna Wilhelm in conversation with Krys Boyd of KERA

Doors will open at 7pm. The event begins at 7:30pm.

A Life of My Own follows Donna Wilhelm’s path from a lonely child in an immigrant boarding house to corporate wife and mother, to middle-aged divorcee, and finally her reinvention into a philanthropist, arts advocate, and humanitarian. This evocative memoir reveals her unique upbringing, diverse work history, family challenges and journey of personal growth with unbridled honesty and will inspire others to take ownership of their stories. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, seen as the “symbol of racial reconciliation” (Washington Post), is the daughter of one of America’s most virulent segregationists, former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate George Wallace, who ultimately renounced his views at the end of his life. Wallace Kennedy’s powerful memoir The Broken Road is both timely and timeless and speaks to change, atonement, activism, and racial healing.

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Sheila Heti & Sigrid Nunez Reading & Conversation (Dallas Museum of Art)

Reading and Conversation with Sheila Heti and Sigrid Nunez 

Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Presented by PEN AmericaArts & Letters Live, and Deep Vellum 


Public $20

DMA Member/PEN Member/Friends of Deep Vellum/Educator $15

Student $10

In Sheila Heti’s latest book, Motherhood, the New York Times bestselling author asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won her international acclaim. Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez’s new novel The Friend is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and tells the story of a woman who unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, and finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. It is a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. The authors will read brief excerpts from their latest work and then engage in conversation, moderated by Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation.

Sheila Heti is the author of eight books, including Motherhood, published in May 2018, and How Should a Person Be?, which was a New York Times Notable Book and was hailed by Time magazine as “one of the most talked-about books of the year.” She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, and her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Her writing has been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, the New York Times, and numerous other periodicals. Her play, All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, had a sold-out run at The Kitchen in New York and Videofag in Toronto. She appeared as Lenore Doolan in Leanne Shapton’s book Important Artifacts, and is currently writing its film adaptation.

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, and, most recently, The Friend, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has contributed to numerous journals, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Paris Review. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including four Pushcart Prize volumes. Among Nunez’s honors and awards are a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston University, and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Amherst, Smith, and Vassar, as well as other colleges.

Authors will read brief excerpts from their latest work and then engage in conversation, moderated by Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation.

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