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2018-19 Season Lectures


 
Critics Choice 1

Asymmetry

by Lisa Halliday

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10am
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Two seemingly unrelated novellas raise questions about the role of literature in teaching mutual understanding. Featuring a Philip Roth-like character, the novel asks if we can ever truly imagine another person’s consciousness.


Critics Choice 2

The Female Persuasion

by Meg Wolitzer

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10am
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10am
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto
Meg Wolitzer, author

Wolitzer’s timely novel explores the relationships between different generations of the feminist movement. The novel transcends politics and focuses on the central characters’ desires to improve the world.

Author Meg Wolitzer will join Elaine on stage on both Thursday and Saturday morning lectures.


Critics Choice 3

The Italian Teacher

by Tom Rachman

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10am
Saturday, January 5, 2019, 10am
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Does great art excuse atrocious behavior? Rachman’s heartfelt comedy examines a larger-than-life painter and his son who grows up craving his father’s approval.


Critics Choice 4

The Maze at Windermere

by Gregory Blake Smith

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10am
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Spanning more than three centuries, Smith's novel presents five parallel stories that connect in clever and surprising ways.


Critics Choice 5

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 10am
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10am
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto
Tayari Jones, author

An upwardly mobile couple’s marriage is abruptly ruptured when the husband is wrongly convicted of rape and his artist wife must wait years until he is released from prison. Compassionately written, the novel tells the intimate story of a grieving relationship.

Author Tayari Jones will join Elaine on stage on both Thursday and Saturday morning lectures.


Critics Choice 6

Remembering Roth

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 10am
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10am
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Philip Roth's writing was brilliant, hilarious and moving. He was a daring and gifted wordsmith whose contribution to American literature is immeasurable. He will be remembered for his humor, his pathos, his politics and his unflinching honesty. Elaine suggests reading any or all the following: The Plot against America; American Pastoral; Patrimony; The Ghost Writer; The Human Stain; Goodbye Columbus (Roth’s debut volume of short stories); and, of course, Portnoy's Complaint.


 

Special Add-On

Michael Ondaatje

A Conversation with Michael Ondaatje
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10am

Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient and other award-winning novels and poetry collections, sits down with Elaine in this enlightening discussion about his career and his new novel, Warlight.

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  Summer 2016 Reading List

  2015-16 Series Reading List
  Summer 2015 Reading List

  2014-15 Series Reading List
  Summer 2014 Reading List

  2013-14 Series Reading List
  Summer 2013 Reading List

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