A Conversation with
Ann Patchett, author
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., host, 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 about her recently published collection of essays titled These Precious Days. Containing 24 essays covering a wide variety of subjects, These Precious Days offers unique insight into Patchett’s life and relationships — ranging from her earliest writings as a grade 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 their own worlds in a new light.
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. Elaine 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 U.S., London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Caracas. In 1992, she was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea. Elaine retains an abiding commitment to adult education and the role of the university in the wider community.
For over 40 years, Elaine has planned and conducted adult education courses throughout North America. This is the 33rd anniversary season of Critic’s Choice literature series and the 27th year she has presented Four O’clock at the Movies. She also initiated and taught the pioneering Artis—Naples seminar discussion program, the Questors, for 12 years. Elaine 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 makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio. Elaine has an enthusiastic and loyal following each season as she offers insightful commentary about contemporary fiction and motion pictures.