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Critic’s Choice


 
Critics Choice 2

Intimacies

by Katie Kitamura

Thursday, December 8, 2022, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

When an interpreter moves to The Hague to escape New York City and work in the International Court, she is confronted with power, love and violence — both in her personal life and in her work. Pulled into an explosive political controversy when she is called upon to interpret for a former African dictator who stands accused of war crimes, she must decide what she wants from life.

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Critics Choice 3

Mercy Street

by Jennifer Haigh

Thursday, January 12, 2023, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, January 14, 2023, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Welcome to the life of Claudia, a longtime counselor at Mercy Street, a women’s clinic in the heart of the city. Inside the clinic, Claudia has the opportunity to offer many of her patients a second chance. But on the outside, she faces regular and intensifying threats of violence from protestors each morning. Mercy Street is bestselling author Jennifer Haigh’s groundbreaking and timely novel that illuminates the human story of one of the most divisive social issues in America today.

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Critics Choice 4

These Precious Days

by Ann Patchett

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

pAward-winning author and 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ann Patchett’s recently published collection of essays, These Precious Days, contains 24 essays covering a wide variety of subjects. The book offers unique insight into Patchett’s life and relationships — ranging from her earliest writings as a graduate school student to a friendship she developed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing upon her experiences, the acclaimed author paints a personal yet universal self-portrait that encourages readers to look at our own worlds in a new light.

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Critics Choice 5

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

by Gabrielle Zevin

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday,February 25, 2023, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

pSpanning 30 years and the breadth of the United States, this wise and wry novel tells the story of two lifelong friends who together design a video game that launches them into lives of fame, wealth, joy and sorrow. Gabrielle Zevin’s dazzling and intricate novel examines the nature of identity, disability, failure and — above all — our need for love.

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Critics Choice 6

Horse

by Geraldine Brooks

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Based on a remarkable true story, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks’ Horse tells the story of a record-breaking thoroughbred horse named Lexington — and the all-but-lost history of the Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success. Braiding threads across three centuries, Brooks weaves a sweeping tapestry of spirit, obsession and injustice through several generations of American history.

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Critics Choice 7

Ann Patchett

Friday, March 3, 2023, 8pm, Hayes Hall
Ann Patchett, author
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Award-winning author and 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ann Patchett joins Artis—Naples’ favorite literature expert and critic Elaine Newton for a wide-ranging conversation that will include a discussion of her recently published collection of essays titled These Precious Days, a spiritual successor to her 2013 essay collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

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