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!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street | Chicago, Illinois 60610

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

The program begins at 6 pm.

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Register online here by 3 pm Wednesday, November 15, 2017.


  • 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 NussbaumLinda 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 or 312-255-3610.