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Maurice Sendak wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books during his career. He received a National Book Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, and the National Medal of Arts.

Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died on Tuesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers Sendak with excerpts from several interviews.
AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
Julia Alvarez is the author of novels like How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and nonfiction books like Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA.

'A Wedding In Haiti': Making Good On A Promise

When Julia Alvarez told a lonely Haitian boy that she would attend his wedding someday, she didn't expect that she would be held to her word. Her new memoir tells the story of her journey to a remote village in Haiti to make good on her promise.
 

Breasts: Bigger And More Vulnerable To Toxins

Science writer Florence Williams' new book examines how breasts are changing.

Stevenage: A Place Where You Can't Be From

Journalist Gary Younge has written an essay on Stevenage in the literary magazine Granta.

Lessons In Counterterrorism From The Octopus

The other organisms on the planet have ways of protecting themselves; why not borrow a few ideas?

Three Pilgrimages To Gain 'A Sense Of Direction'

Gideon Lewis-Kraus didn't know what to do with his life, so he took three very long walks.

History, Heartbreak And 'The Chemistry Of Tears'

The hero and the heroine of Peter Carey's new novel are separated by 150 years.

The 12 Days Of Disaster That Made Modern Chicago

In mid-July of 1919, just about everything that could go wrong in Chicago did.

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'Wicked' Author On His Mentor, Maurice Sendak

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