Chasing Wilder in Chicago
Thornton Wilder’s Prize-Winning The Eighth Day
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary and new edition of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning novel with a reception, actors, commentators, and cake!
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street | Chicago, Illinois 60610
The program begins at 6 pm.
- Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, is Honorary Chairman of the Thornton Wilder Society.
- Jeremy McCarter, author of Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals and co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton: The Revolution,has written about culture and politics for New York Magazine,Newsweek, and the New York Times.
- Liesl Olson, Director of the Chicago Studies program at the Newberry Library, is author of Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis, Modernism and the Ordinary, and many essays about twentieth-century writers and artists.
- Actors Mike Nussbaum, Linda Kimbrough, and B.J Jones, performing readings from The Eighth Day (with thanks to Northlight Theatre for casting this event).
Doors will open at 5 pm, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, waitlisted and then non-registered individuals will be permitted to enter at about 5:45. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-255-3610.