Texas literary icon Larry McMurtry will discuss his new novel, "The Last Kind Words Saloon," exclusively at the Dallas Museum of Art on May 7. McMurtry will join fellow author Diana Ossana on-stage for a conversation—moderated by Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly—on his work, his creative process, and his passion for book collecting. Ossana, a long-time collaborator with McMurtry, co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain" with the award-winning author.

Accompanying the DMA Arts & Letters Live event is a special one-day installation of manuscripts from McMurtry’s novels, including "Lonesome Dove" and "The Last Kind Words Saloon," as well as a page from the "Brokeback Mountain" shooting script, co-authored with Ossana. Two photographs capturing the life of cowboys from the 1900s in the DMA’s collection by Erwin E. Smith, often referred to as one of the greatest photographers of cowboy life, will also be on view, bringing to life similar scenes from McMurtry’s work. The installation will only be on view May 7, during regular Museum hours and is included in the DMA’s free general admission.

"The Last Kind Words Saloon" is McMurtry’s first novel in five years and echoes many of his earlier works, including his Pulitzer Prize–winning "Lonesome Dove." McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. The novel traces the friendship of Earp and Holliday from Long Grass, Texas, to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver.

Arts & Letters Live, the Museum’s literary and performing arts series, has featured more than 925 authors, actors and performing artists in its more than 20 years of programming. Over the years, authors and actors featured in Arts & Letters Live programs have earned 46 Pulitzer Prizes, six Academy Awards, over 79 Emmy nominations, 10 Man Booker Prizes, 10 PEN/Faulkner Awards, 15 Newbery Medals, and five National Humanities Medals.

Simulcast tickets for the Museum’s C3 Theater and Atrium are on sale now. Simulcast ticketholders have the opportunity to purchase beverages and food inspired by the Texas settings in McMurtry’s fiction throughout the evening in the Atrium. Order online at, or by phone during normal business hours at 214-922-1818. All tickets to this event include a hardcover book of "The Last Kind Words Saloon" by Larry McMurtry with a special commemorative bookplate. Seating in the Horchow Auditorium is sold out. The evening is presented in partnership with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University.