Elaine Newton's Critic's Choice
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
by Nathan Hill
In this astute, hilarious, sprawling debut novel, full of plot twists, digressions and set-pieces, a young, frustrated professor and stalled novelist agrees to write the tell-all biography of his estranged mother who had abandoned him at age 11. Now, after over 20 years, she has resurfaced, splashed all over the news as the "once radical hippy prostitute-teacher" who has just been arrested for throwing rocks at an ultra-right-wing presidential hopeful. The Nix is a fascinating journey through the last 50 years of American history, from the 1960s counter-culture to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Author Nathan Hill will join Elaine on-stage on both Thursday and Saturday mornings.
This lecture is part of Elaine Newton's Critic’s Choice series, featuring contemporary literature’s most compelling works.
Please note: The Thursday lecture will be held in the Daniels Pavilion. The Saturday lecture will be held in Hayes Hall.
Nathan Hill’s debut novel The Nix was named the number-one book of the year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Amazon and many others. The Nix was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. It will be published worldwide in 30 languages.
Hill’s short stories have been published in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Denver Quarterly and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize.
Nathan Hill is a native Iowan but now lives in Naples, Florida.
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has taught courses in literary theory and methodology, contemporary fiction, psychology and literature and archetypal criticism. Professor Newton was one of the founders of York University’s Advising Program and its much-emulated Faculty of Education. She is a recipient of the province of Ontario’s Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in university teaching and in 1984 received a citation as Toronto’s Outstanding Professor. In 1996 she was the recipient of the university-wide Teaching Award. She has held appointments as professor of literature at Carlton University, Ottawa; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Sydney, Australia; Victoria University and the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has lectured throughout Canada and the US, London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Caracas. In 1992 she was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea.
For over 40 years she has planned and conducted adult education courses throughout North America. This is the 26th year that she has presented our literature series Critic’s Choice and the 20th year she has presented Four O’clock at the Movies. She also initiated and taught, for 11 years, the pioneering Artis—Naples seminar discussion program The Questers. Newton has worked as a book critic for Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, been a special consultant to the Ontario Library Association, led movie and theater discussions and served as a consultant to the North York Board of Education. She continues to conduct an annual lecture series at the Toronto Public Library and leads summer tours to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake Theatre Festivals. Professor Newton has served as a programming resource specialist for Chapters (Canada) and makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio.