05/08/2012 05:45 pm ET

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

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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