Thornton Wilder, joined residents of Wallowa County for their 10th Fishtrap Big Read Kickoff. The Big Read features two of Wilder's works: the play Our Town and the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Tappan Wilder gave a comprehensive presentation of his uncle's life to better help the attendees understand the context in which his uncle wrote. He also answered questions from the audience and even had staff members perform a three minute Thornton Wilder play.
As executor of Thronton Wilder's literary estate, Tappan Wilder enjoys going out and interacting directly with people who are reading his uncle's works. "I always remember that my uncle was writing to reach people," he told Wallowa County Chieftan, the local newspaper. "How can I run the estate of a writer without going out to see who is reading or producing him?"
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