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Chasing Wilder in Chicago

Thornton Wilder at Goodspeed's.

At a 1935 party celebrating Gertrude Stein, at the home of Barney and Bobsy Goodspeed. Left to right: University of Chicago President Charles Hutchins, opera singer Claire Dux Swift, Thornton Wilder, and writer and artist Maude Hutchins. Newberry Modern Manuscripts: Fanny Butcher Papers.

The Eighth Day, by Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder's Prize-Winning The Eighth Day
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Doors open at 5 pm for a reception, with food, beverages, and a celebratory cake. The program begins at 6 pm.

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary and new edition of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning novel with a reception, actors, commentators, and cake!

Participants

  • 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).

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Presented in Cooperation with The Thornton Wilder Family.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration required.

Registration is now closed.

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 us at publicprograms@newberry.org or 312-255-3610.