Weston library program pays tribute to Maurice Sendak

The Weston Public Library is holding a special program in honor of children’s book author Maurice Sendak of Ridgefield, who died on May 8.

The program will be held at the library on Sunday, June 3, at 3:30, and will be hosted by Mort Schindel, the founder of Weston Woods Studios where two of Mr. Sendak’s books were adapted to film.

The program will feature several short films, including a documentary about Mr. Sendak, and footage about the making of the documentary. There will also be a screening of Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, Mr. Sendak’s books that Weston Woods Studios made into films.

The program will conclude with a question and answer session.

Mr. Schindel and Mr. Sendak met in 1963 and enjoyed a longtime friendship, with Mr. Sendak acting as best man at Mr. Schindel’s wedding. In the introduction to a book about Mr. Schindel and Weston Woods called Imagination and Innovation: The Story of Weston Woods, Mr. Sendak wrote, “It was nirvana in Weston Woods — there was such great freedom. Looking back on it, you can hardly believe it existed.”

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