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Critic’s Choice


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Critics Choice 1

Dear Edward

by Ann Napolitano

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Ann Napolitano brings clear-eyed compassion to every character in Dear Edward, from Edward himself, caught between living and merely surviving, to his fellow passengers, who don't have that choice. The result is a rich, big-hearted tapestry that leaves no one behind.

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Critics Choice 2

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, December 11, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

From The New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers, Brit Bennett's latest work is a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

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Critics Choice 3

Klara and the Sun

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, January 8, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

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Critics Choice 4

Hamnet

by Maggie O’Farrell

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Drawing on Maggie O'Farrell's long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic play, Hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

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Critics Choice 5

Cloud Cuckoo Land

by Anthony Doerr

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr's new novel is about the power of story and the astonishing survival of physical books when, for centuries, their fates were so precarious, dying, as one character says, "in fires or floods or in the mouths of worms or at the whims of tyrants."

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Critics Choice 6

Book title to be announced

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 10am, Daniels Pavilion
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

For the final lecture of the season, Elaine will choose from one of the following exciting books that will be published in fall 2021:
The Magician by Colm Tóibín
   Release date September 7,2021
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
   Release date September 14, 2021
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
   Release date September 7, 2021
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
   Release date October 19, 2021
Crossroad by Jonathan Franzen
   Release date October 5, 2021

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Critics Choice 7

Amor Towles

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 10am, Hayes Hall
Elaine Newton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto

Elaine Newton hosts a conversation with Amor Towles, bestselling author of Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow, about his latest book, The Lincoln Highway.

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