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February 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
New Castle Public Library
424 Delaware St
New Castle, DE 19720
Delaware Humanities

Join us at the New Castle Public Library as we discuss the novel Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  Set in Nigeria between the 1980s and 2008, Stay With Me follows the story of Yejide and Akin.  While the couple fell in love easily, their attempt to have a child has been fraught with difficulties.  The sacrifices both end up making go beyond anyone’s, including the readers’, expectations.  The book has won many awards, including The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year and Best Book of the Year by San Francisco ChronicleNational Public Radio, The Economist, Buzzfeed, and Southern Living.  You can visit Goodreads for more information about the book.

Registration is not required, but if you can attend please let us know by emailing  Books will be available to borrow from the New Castle Public Library.

Can’t make it in person?  Register to join us online for the discussion!

This discussion is part of our Literature and Medicine program.

Program Description

The study of history, literature, and culture helps provide a broad context for the disciplines of science and medicine. Literature in particular opens us to new worlds and allows us to bear witness to the lives of others.  For medical caregivers working in an increasingly multicultural world, literature can also offer new ways of understanding and responding to patients and their families.

“I enjoyed the evening and am looking forward to more evenings of discussion. I see only positive ripples generating outward from here.” ~ Kathy

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care™ is an award-winning program offered by Humanities Councils in 26 states around the country, including Delaware. Begun 20 years ago in Maine, Literature & Medicine offers scholar-led reading and discussion groups that use works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction to explore what’s at the heart of healthcare.

Participants come from all branches of medical care as well as the general public.  In a study conducted at the US Veterans Administration, participants reported an 82% increase in empathy, a 61% improvement in job satisfaction, and a 59% rise in cultural awareness*.

“The readings were great and thought-provoking.  Seems like a good group of people able to dig into the texts.” ~ Tim

If you are a medical organization or professional interested in offering a Literature & Medicine program at your facility, please contact us.

If you are interested in participating in the program:

Department of Health and Social Services:  2020 registration will begin soon.  An information session on the program will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at noon.

Bayhealth: 2020 session dates will be announced in January 2020.  Contact us to register.

Upcoming titles include:
Imagine What It's Like, A Literature and Medicine Anthology by Maine Humanities Council
Medicine: A Treasury of Art and Literature by Carmichael & Ratzan (Editors)
Domestic Work
by Natasha Trethewey
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Kang & Pederson
The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown, R.N.
Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin & Ken Abraham

*Program Evaluation, Literature & Medicine Program, Healthcare Facilities, United States Department of Veterans Affairs by Dr. Bruce B. Clary, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 2011.