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Celebrate Maurice Sendak’s life and career with noted children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus and artists Paul Zelinsky, Peter Sis, Rick Meyerowitz and Etienne Delessert.

This program is in conjunction with The Society of Illustrators exhibition, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, on view in New York, Jun 11-Aug 17 and accompanying catalog.

Brief Bios

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and the people who create them. He is the editor of Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work.

Paul O. Zelinsky’s illustrations have won wide acclaim and many awards, including the Caldecott Medal and three Caldecott Honors. As a student at Yale in the ‘70s he was part of the first class that Maurice Sendak ever taught.

Czech emigre Peter Sis is the author and illustrator of many books, a MacArthur Fellow and Hans Christian Andersen medal winner. He has lived in New York for half of his life and is proud of his mosaics on 86th Street/Lexington Avenue subway station.

Rick Meyerowitz began contributing illustrated articles to the National Lampoon in the first issue published in April 1970. He painted the poster for Animal House, and the magazine’s trademark visual, The Mona Gorilla, which has been called “one of the enduring icons of American humor.” Shortly after 9/11, Rick and Maira Kalman created the most talked-about New Yorker cover of this century, “NewYorkistan,” about which The New York Times wrote: “When their cover came out, a dark cloud seemed to lift.” Rick would like to point out that the lifting of one lousy cloud hardly puts a dent in the pall hovering over us these days, but he doesn’t want to be a bummer.

Etienne Delessert is a Swiss-American artist and author. Retrospectives of his work have been presented at the Louvre, the Library of Congress, the Olympic Museum and the Eric Carle Museum.

Justin G Schiller is the leading antiquarian bookseller specializing in rare and collectible children's books, Maurice Sendak's agent in helping develop his personal book collections and co-curator of the current exhibition Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and his Work at the Society of Illustrators, New York (its catalogue published by Abrams 2013).


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