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Maurice Sendak

Tonight at Litquake: Thursday, October 15

Thursday boasts one of Litquake's most fun lineups of events-- perfect for those who want to take part in the festival without being subjected to dry lectures or obscure topics. If you're interested in mystery novels, children's books, humorous takes on American history, or erotica, there's something for you to enjoy.

The Rumpus Starts: Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers and Catherine Keener on 'Where the Wild Things Are'

Long considered unfilmable, much to the chagrin of Hollywood studios hoping to capitalize on its enduring popularity, Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book Where the Wild Things Are is hardly plot-heavy. At 20 pages and 10 sentences in length, Sendak’s vision is communicated primarily through his handsome, evocative illustrations.

Now, after nearly two decades of false starts and delayed release dates, comes director Spike Jonze’s big-screen adaptation, fleshed out on the written page by Jonze, whose Being John Malkovich (1999) impressed Sendak, and Dave Eggers, author of the bestselling Pulitzer Prize finalist A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Were they tempted to take liberties with Sendak’s minimalist prose?

Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen is a Banned Book?

The tizzy last week over Obama's back-to-school address should remind those who live in liberal bastions that censorship is alive and well. Banned Books Week, which begins on September 26, is another reminder. So maybe that’s the perfect week to visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s retrospective of the work of Maurice Sendak.

Wild Things at the Jewish Museum (Just in Time for the Movie)

Just in time for the highly anticipated Where the Wild Things Are movie (an indie love fest of the highest degree - screenplay by Dave Eggers, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring music from Karen O and Arcarde Fire) comes "There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak" at the Jewish Museum.

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