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May 2012

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died on Tuesday, May 8.

His career spanned over half a century and produced such children’s literature classics as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He was also a fascinating, charmingly cranky man whose life and work are well worth exploring.  Start with any of the links below, and stop by the Library and check out our display of his books, as well as books about him, located right by the front door.

  • New York Times obituary
  • New Yorker profile from 2006: lengthy, but worth your time!
  • NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross interview
  • And, last but not least: parts one and two of his hilarious, delightful interview with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.