McHenry County Local News

Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award finalist to visit Woodstock

The Woodstock Opera House on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Woodstock has come into millions of dollars thanks to both a state grant and money it won last year as part of the T-Mobile contest. As a result, the city is undertaking a variety of projects around town, predominantly in the downtown area.

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Rebecca Makkai will appear at the Woodstock Opera House to open the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s annual Creative Living Speaker Series.

Makkai wrote “The Great Believers,” which has been praised by critics as a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, according to a news release from the Woodstock Fine Arts Association.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 20.

Tickets are $25 and can be bought at or by calling the Opera House box office at 815-338-5300.

The Creative Living Speaker Series has been produced by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association since 1964 and is now in its 59th season. Attendees are invited for coffee and conversation at Stage Left Cafe beginning at 9 a.m.