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    CHENEY, Wash. - "In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak," a national traveling exhibition, which explores the influence of the Old and New worlds in the work of renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak, will be on display at Eastern Washington University's John F. Kennedy Memorial Library Oct. 27-Dec. 15. The exhibition is free and open to the public during the Kennedy Library's regular hours of operation (located at Persons with special needs may make arrangements for accommodations by calling the dean's office at 359.2264 one week prior to the event.

    Maurice Sendak is best known as the illustrator of more than 100 picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He was born in 1928 to Polish immigrants in Brooklyn, and his childhood was typically American in a number of ways. Many of his works are populated with friends, family and the sights, sounds and smells of New York in the 1930s. At the same time, he became fascinated as a child with the worn black-and-white photographs of his European relatives, and the influence of both of these worlds - the threads of Jewish family, geography and culture - can all be seen in his imaginative works.

    In conjunction with the exhibit, the Spokane County Library District will screen Where the Wild Things Are as the After School Special film during the month of October. Check library locations and times at

    With support of the EWU Board of Trustees' Diversity Initiative, EWU Libraries and Temple Beth Shalom will host the following events, which are free and open to the public:

    "In a Nutshell" was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

    Please contact Nadean Meyer, Learning Resource Librarian, at 509.359.4262 or for more information or visit



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    Dave Meany - EWU Media Relations
    300 Showalter Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6335
    fax: 509.359.4701

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