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Better Living Through Criticism

Monday, March 14

A. O. Scott presents Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

About the book: The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now more than ever.

Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics–himself included–can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn’t, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence. Read more about A. O. Scott.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

Two if by Sea

Tuesday, March 29

Jacquelyn Mitchard presents Two If By Sea

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

About the book: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, an epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart. Read more.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

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Saturday, April 30

Tables of Content

Location: Collins Executive Education Center
Time: 6:00 p.m. reception; 7:15 p.m. dinner

RSVP required. More information.

Skip Hollandsworth

Monday, May 9

Annual Dinner and Meeting

Skip Hollandsworth, Guest Speaker

Topic: The Story of Bernie: The Strangest Murder Case in Modern Texas History

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Mercury (11909 Preston Road - View Map)

About the speaker: In 1997, Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth came across a story in the tiny East Texas town of Carthage that seemed so unbelievable it felt like fiction: a young assistant funeral home director named Bernie Tiede had murdered the town's grande dame, shooting her in the back and burying her in her deep freeze, where she remained for 9 months before anyone started looking for her.

And Bernie was arrested, the townspeople supported him, begging the District Attorney to let him go free. Hollandsworth will not only tell the story about Bernie, he will also talk about how his Texas Monthly article was, sometimes hilariously, turned into the 2010 movie "Bernie," starring Jack Black, Shirley MacClaine and Mathew McConaughey.

Two if by Sea

Thursday, May 12

Angela Duckworth presents GRIT: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

Related TED Talk: www.pbs.org/wnet/ted-talks-education

About the book: Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference. A must read for persons of all ages who want to persevere.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Friends of the Highland Park Library, and HPISD Parent Education Committee.