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Three Decades of Sendak Interviews
Sendak on Bumble-Ardy (Sept 20, 2011)
In his last Fresh Air interview, the 83-year-old Sendak talks to Terry Gross about his new book, about children, and about death.
Terry Gross Interviews Sendak (1986, 1993, 2003)
Highlights of the Fresh Air conversations, with audio and transcripts.
Newsweek: "A Talk With the 'Wild Things' Creators (October 2008)
Q & A with Sendak, director Spike Jonze, and scriptwriter Dave Eggers in anticipation of their film Where the Wild Things Are film.
NPR: A Conversation With Maurice Sendak by Jennifer Ludden (June 2005)
-His favorite subject? "Scaring children."
-His most treasured possessions? Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
-His best buddy? A boisterous German Shepherd named for Herman Melville.
-This is Maurice Sendak at 76, as Jennifer Ludden found after a trip into the New England woods to interview the famed author and illustrator of books for young readers, best known for 1964's Where the Wild Things Are.
Interview with Hank Nuwer (1980)
Prolific author Nuwer's instightful interview sounds out Sendak on family, inspiration, and his beloved Moby-Dick.
Northwestern University: HC Andersen Award videos (2004)
The author and artist behind Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen (among many others) discusses the ingredients of a successful children's story, the role of monsters, drawing upon family as inspiration, adapting books for opera, and why Where the Wild Horses Are never quite made it to print.
The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2003, with Roger Sutton
Horn Book Editor Sutton talked with the artist in his Connecticut home in a conversation that covered life and death, ego and excavation, dreams and nightmares, Melville and Homer, and . . . plankton.
The Horn Book Magazine, June 2012: Special Sendak issue
This special issue of Notes from the Horn Book celebrates the June 10th birthday of Maurice Sendak, who died in May 2012 at the age of eighty-three. While he was best known for his picture books, this issue showcases the broad reach of his art.
Moishe Gets the Colbert Bump
January 2012 Stephen Colbert visits Sendak seeking advice on creating children's books—all the other celebrities are doing it—and is told that "Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great renown."
Sendak Meets Colbert, Part Two
To Sendak's great delight, Colbert introduces the great artist to the joys of huffing markers.