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Marion E. Wade Center

A living literary center of scholarly, artistic,
and ongoing spiritual renewal

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  • Wear a face covering and socially distance when inside the building, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Comply with all Wade Center COVID-19 protocols, including making appointments to visit either Museum or Reading Room.
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The Marion E. Wade Center promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources available nowhere else in the world. We emphasize the ongoing relevance of seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The Wade Center implements these goals by 

  • Assisting scholars in their study of unique materials by and about these seven authors in order to generate new understandings;
  • Sharing insights with a broader audience through our numerous programs and publications;
  • Supporting artistic works inspired by our authors;
  • Welcoming visitors to our museum.

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Once upon a Wardrobe, Patti Callahan

ONCE UPON A WARDROBE Book Launch with Patti Callahan

Join us for a book launch of the novel Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CT in Barrows Auditorium of the Billy Graham Hall, Wheaton College. A book signing and author meet & greet will follow.

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Mark A. Noll

C.S. Lewis in America: Lessons for Today from the Early American Reception of C.S. Lewis’s Books

In the 2021-2022 Hansen Lectureship series, Dr. Mark Noll will be exploring the early American reception of C.S. Lewis in three lectures on the following 2022 dates: January 20, February 10, and March 17 at 7:00 p.m. CTContact the Wade Center to be added to our email list for news about these lectures and other upcoming events.

Crystal Downing, Subversive book launch

SUBVERSIVE: CHRIST, CULTURE, AND THE SHOCKING DOROTHY L. SAYERS

This latest book by Wade Co-director Crystal Downing explores Sayers's challenges to Christian complicity with culture, explaining how the former detective novelist often shocked people into seeing the truth of ancient doctrine in a new light. Contact the Wade to purchase your signed copy.

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