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'Wild Rumpus' Celebration For Maurice Sendak At Congregation Beth Elohim In Park Slope

Posted: 05/08/2012 5:45 pm Updated: 05/08/2012 5:45 pm

Maurice Sendak

In honor of the late Maurice Sendak, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope is hosting an impromptu gathering to celebrate the renowned children's book author's life and work.

Well-wishers and fans of Sendak, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, are encouraged to attend the pot-luck style "Wild Rumpus" in Park Slope and bring books, drinks, food, instruments and if able, a can of chicken soup with rice to donate to City Harvest.

Tuesday's tribute will have communal readings, drinking, and plenty of music to pay homage to the author.

Congregation Beth Elohim regularly hosts cultural events including the synagogue's upcoming reading with Poet Laureate Philip Levine.

The Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is also hosting "A Wild Rumpus of a Memorial" tonight, where mourners can pay tribute by howling at the moon atop the library's stairs.

Sendak suffered a stroke and died earlier Tuesday morning at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. He was 83-years old.

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A look back at Maurice Sendak over the years:
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  • Maurice Sendak, artist, writer illustrator, set designer and costumer, is shown June 16, 1981.

  • In this Sept. 25, 1985 photo, Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book "Where the Wild Things Are," designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn.

  • Sendak checks proofs of art for a major advertising campaign in his Ridgefield, Conn., home in Oct. 1988.

  • Sendak signs his individual prints from the "The Mother Goose Collection," July 26, 1990 in New York.

  • Sendak points to elements of the witch's house he designed for the PBS production of "Hansel und Gretel" at New York's Juillard School, Dec. 2, 1997.

  • Sendak is surprised by Michael Swinney, the chairman of Sony Development, during a party celebrating the opening of the Sony Metreon entertainment complex in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 15, 1999. The building includes movie theaters, an Imax theater, and a "Where the Wild Things Are," interactive play space.

  • Maurice Sendak is greeted by actresses Catherine Keener, left, and Lauren Ambrose, right, at the the New York premiere of the film Where the Wild Things Are, Tuesday, Oct., 13, 2009.

  • Maurice Sendak, left, film director Spike Jonze, center, and actor Max Records, right, arrive to the New York premiere of the film "Where the Wild Things Are", Tuesday, Oct., 13, 2009.

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    Sendak on 'taking the dive' into inspiration. "I don't not believe that I have ever written a children's book," he says. "It's a lie." The author also discusses his love of William Blake. "I believe in his passion," he says.


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