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WBEZ Chicago and the University Club of Chicago present An Evening with Tom Hanks: In Conversation with Peter Sagal, coming to the historic Auditorium Theatre May 10

Tickets go on sale to the public March 21 at 10 a.m.

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CHICAGO (March 16, 2023)WBEZ Chicago and the University Club of Chicago are thrilled to present An Evening with Tom Hanks: In Conversation with Peter Sagal, coming May 10 to the historic Auditorium Theatre to celebrate the debut novel by legendary actor and best-selling author, Tom Hanks.

Hanks will be joined by Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, for a conversation about The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. In his debut novel, Hanks explores the making of a star-studded multimillion-dollar superhero action film ... and the humble comic books that inspired it. It’s funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

Tickets to this event include a copy of The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. This program is presented in partnership with The Book Stall. Event details:

An Evening with Tom Hanks: In Conversation with Peter Sagal

  • Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Ida B Wells Dr., Chicago, Ill., 60605
  • Tickets start at $67
  • Purchase tickets here. Tickets go on sale to the public March 21 at 10 a.m.

“As a globally beloved entertainer,” said Sagal. “I feel a responsibility to use my fame to bring attention to lesser known artists, such as this very promising first time novelist, Mr Hanks. I’m very flattered to know that so many of my fans wanted to come to hear me conduct a literary discussion that we had to rent the Auditorium Theatre to hold them all.”

Additional WBEZ events this spring include The Best Strangers in the World: Ari Shapiro and Peter Sagal on Wednesday, March 29, 7-8 p.m., at the Music Box Theatre; Crying in H Mart - An Evening with Michelle Zauner, a sold-out event coming up on Tuesday, April 4, 7-8 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre; and Quietly Hostile: A conversation with Samantha Irby & Greta Johnsen on May 18 at the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. For more about WBEZ’s live events, visit www.wbez.org/events.

About WBEZ Chicago

WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. In addition to its local and national news programming, WBEZ Chicago is home to a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Beyoncé, Making Obama and Making Oprah; an investigative podcast series, Motive; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Curious City. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!.

About the University Club of Chicago

Since 1887, the University Club of Chicago has fostered an appreciation for literature and arts in a vibrant community that celebrates education and excellence. Artists, authors, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs, to name a few, make up the Club’s unique heritage. Members enjoy lifelong friendships and make connections that run deep—they cultivate a legacy of their own. With phenomenal programming and comfortable, contemporary spaces to live, work, and play, the University Club is the club of choice in the City of Chicago.