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Critic’s Choice

Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer


Dec 13, 10:00am – Dec 15, 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
Meg Wolitzer, author

Female Persuasion
by Meg Wolitzer

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. Meg Wolitzer 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.

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer has become well known for her amusingly descriptive novels that present ideas in an entertaining and engaging fashion. She wrote her first novel, Sleepwalking, while she was still in the midst of her undergraduate studies at Brown University. Its publication a year after her graduation marked the beginning of her successful career as an author.

Other books written by Wolitzer include Hidden Pictures; This is Your Life; Surrender, Dorothy; The Wife; The Position; The Ten-Year Nap; The Uncoupling; and The Interestings. In her latest novel The Female Persuasion, Wolitzer applies her signature good humor and genuine understanding of her characters in the story of a college student working vigorously to make sense of the world around her.

The New York City resident has taught in a number of settings over the years, including teaching creative writing at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, Skidmore College, Stoney Brook Southampton and as a guest artist at Princeton University.

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.


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