David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowed Speaker: Arthur Yorinks – “My Life in the Arts”

Professional headshot of Arthur YorinksThe Clarke Historical Library presents Arthur Yorinks on Tuesday, April 11th as the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowed Speaker.  Join us for this online event that begins at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required; register for this event at

Arthur Yorinks’ life in the arts began when he was six - with music and stories - and he’s still listening to (and sometimes playing) music and living in the world of story. He is the author of over forty acclaimed and award-winning books, including Hey, Al, which earned the Caldecott Medal in 1987. His writing has been hailed as “one of the most distinctive prose styles in children’s literature.” In his talk, he’ll share highlights of his wide-ranging career and his collaborations with a broad spectrum of celebrated artists, including Maurice Sendak, with whom he formed Night Kitchen Theater to present plays, operas, and musical comedies to children. He currently serves as a writer and executive producer through Night Kitchen Studios to develop projects based on the work of Maurice Sendak for Apple TV. In addition to his literary work, Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theater, dance, film, and radio.

The David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess lecture supports authors, storytellers, and scholars to talk about the enduring importance of storytelling.

This online event is free and open to the public. Individuals needing accommodations should contact the Clarke at or by phone at 989-774-3864.


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