John Lithgow reads William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow - 92Y, New York

Your Cart

John Lithgow reads William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow

John Lithgow

When I dream about Lincoln, it is always the way it was in my childhood …

In a special audio recording commissioned by 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center, John Lithgow reads William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow, a luminous American classic of youth and loss.

“I got hold of the novel when it first came out and read it aloud to my wife as we drove across the country, and it has remained my favorite book,” said Lithgow. “It’s just this intensely moving memory piece. It’s a novel told by an old man, and he tells the story of the dissolution of two farms and two families.”

A celebrated New Yorker editor and fiction writer, William Maxwell published So Long, See You Tomorrow in 1980, at the age of 72, and it is widely hailed as his masterpiece. It opens on a winter morning in the 1920s. A shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois, and the friendship between two boys is shattered.

“This is one of the great books of our age,” wrote Michael Ondaatje. “It is the subtlest of miniatures that contains our deepest sorrows and truths and love—all caught in a clear, simple style in perfect brushstrokes.”

The recording, which runs four hours and 30 minutes, is made available with the permission of the William Maxwell Estate and will be accessible for three months.

92Y needs your help. We are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. Your ticket purchase helps sustain our beloved institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community. Please consider donating today at Thank you.


Online programs:
An access link will be emailed to you after purchase

In-person programs:

Adults must show proof of vaccination in order to:

  • Attend any live event in our theaters
  • Enter the May Center for Health, Fitness and Sport
  • Attend a program for children under age 2 with your child

Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep everyone in our community safe.

You might also like

Louise Erdrich

Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series

Louise Erdrich: The Sentence

In conversation with Natalie Diaz

Thu, Nov 11, 2021
Rita Dove

Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series

Rita Dove: Playlist for the Apocalypse

Introduced by Chet'la Sebree

Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.