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Critic’s Choice

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith


Jan 24, 10:00am – Jan 26, 10:00am
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Critic’s Choice

Elaine Newton's Critic's Choice Series
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto
Gregory Blake Smith, author

The Maze at Windermere
by Gregory Blake Smith

Spanning more than three centuries, Smith's novel presents five parallel stories that connect in clever and surprising ways. Gregory Blake Smith will join Elaine on stage.

This lecture is part of Elaine Newton's Critic’s Choice series, featuring contemporary literature’s most compelling works.

Please note: The Thursday lecture will be held in Daniels Pavilion. The Saturday lecture will be held in Hayes Hall.

Elaine Newton

Elaine Newton

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. Professor Newton 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 US, London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Caracas. In 1992 she was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea.

For over 40 years she has planned and conducted adult education courses throughout North America. This is the 26th year that she has presented our literature series Critic’s Choice and the 20th year she has presented Four O’clock at the Movies. She also initiated and taught, for 11 years, the pioneering Artis—Naples seminar discussion program The Questers. Newton 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 leads summer tours to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake Theatre Festivals. Professor Newton has served as a programming resource specialist for Chapters (Canada) and makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio.

Gregory Blake Smith

Gregory Blake Smith

Gregory Blake Smith is the award-winning author of four novels: The Maze at Windermere, The Devil in the Dooryard, The Madonna of Las Vegas and The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was named Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. His short story collection, The Law of Miracles, won the Juniper prize and the Minnesota Book Award. His work has appeared in various literary journals including The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review and StoryQuarterly.

Smith holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and an M.F.A from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has earned numerous awards, including a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Since 1987, Smith has taught American literature and creative writing at the Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and daughter.


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