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Critic’s Choice

Elaine Newton

Critics Choice 4

Tom Lake

by Ann Patchett

Thursday, February 1, 2024, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, February 3, 2024, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Beloved literary fiction author Ann Patchett returns with Tom Lake, a book that has already been picked as part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club list. With Patchett’s expert authorship, this compelling narrative explores the nuances of family dynamics and meditates on all forms of love: young, married and familial.

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Critics Choice 5

The Covenant of Water

by Abraham Verghese

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Set against the lush backdrop of Kerala, South India, Abraham Verghese’s The Covenant of Water presents a sweeping and profound narrative that unfolds across generations. With his trademark brilliance, Verghese artfully weaves fantastic moments of humor, poignant stories and lifelike characters to create a story brimming with authenticity.

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Critics Choice 6

Hello Beautiful

by Ann Napolitano

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Napolitano, Hello Beautiful is a poignant narrative that unravels as a shattered family navigates the power of love’s ability to mend broken spirits. This stirring tale showcases the resilience of love and family — and the beauty that emerges when acceptance and devotion prevail over adversity.

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