Event—Public Programming

Chasing Wilder in Chicago

The Eighth Day, by Thornton Wilder

The Eighth Day, by Thornton Wilder

The Eighth Day, by Thornton Wilder

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


  • 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).

Download a PDF flyer for this event, to post and distribute, and explore related Newberry materials with our Collection Quick Guide on Thornton Wilder.

Presented in Cooperation with The Thornton Wilder Family.

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