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Tue May 27, 2014
Art Institute's Miniature Rooms Exhibit Comes Alive In Literature
Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:59 am
The Thorne Miniature Rooms are one of the Art Institute of Chicago’s most beloved exhibits: 68 miniature detailed representations of rooms that might have existed in Europe and America over some six centuries.
They inspired author Marianne Malone to write a series of children’s books aptly named “The Sixty-Eight Rooms.” The latest in the series, “The Pirate’s Coin,” is released in paperback today.
The books feature Ruthie and Jack, two sixth graders who, through a magical key, are able to shrink small enough to fit into the Thorne Rooms. They discover that some of the rooms turn out to be portals to other times and places.
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke to Malone last fall and we re-air the interview today.