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'A Series of Unfortunate Events' author Lemony Snicket will host the National Book Awards

Today, the National Book Foundation announced that A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket, whose real name is Daniel Handler, will host the 65th National Book Awards ceremony this fall. Handler will be the first author of both adult and children’s books to emcee the event, which is scheduled to take place on November 19 in New York City. Last year’s ceremony was hosted by Mika Brzezinski, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

This is not the first time that Handler has participated in the proceedings.  In 2008, the best-selling author chaired the panel that gave out the way award for best young people’s literature book.

“Daniel Handler is witty, charming, and one of the best writers in America,” the foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a press release. “We are looking forward forward to a wonderful National Book Awards evening this year with him as host.” In a statement, Handler said that when the foundation’s executive director Harold Augenbraum contacted him about hosting, he thought he had won an award. “Um, guess again,” Augenbraum told him.

In addition to the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series, Handler has also written the All the Wrong Questions series under his pen name, and he is currently working on We Are Pirates, the story of a pair of high school girls who steal a ship and attack other boats in the San Francisco Bay. His work as Daniel Handler includes 2006′s Adverbs and 2011′s Why We Broke Up.

 

 

See the cover for 'We Are Pirates,' an upcoming novel by Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is still working on the All the Wrong Questions series, but he’s also taken his Lemony Snicket hat off to work on another project. We’ve got an exclusive cover reveal for We Are Pirates, his upcoming novel for adults (above), to be released on February 3rd, 2015. The book follows the story of a couple of high school girls who steal a ship and attack other boats in San Francisco bay. We’ve also got an exclusive Q&A with the author — check it out below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you choose piracy as the topic for your new novel?

DANIEL HANDLER: When I was in high school, everyone had to take a survey on what careers they had in mind.  Every occupation you could possibly imagine was listed, and at the very bottom was a box marked “other.”  A friend and I got everyone in our homeroom to check “other” and then, in the blank, write “pirate.”  The authorities were not amused, but since then the idea of piracy, how impractical and unusual it is in our era, has burned in my mind.

You were born in and live in San Francisco, the same place as the girls in the novel. How important is the setting to you, as an author?

Setting’s always a crucial part of a story.  While there are other cities in which We Are Pirates could have been set, I’m in an informal competition with Andrew Sean Greer over writing the great San Francisco novel.

What can you tell us about the next book in the All the Wrong Questions series?

The four volumes in All The Wrong Questions center around crimes arranged in ascending evil.  The first volume centers on a theft; the second on an abduction; and the third, Shouldn’t You Be In School?, on arson.

What are you reading and recommending now?

I am wandering the streets telling people to read Kathryn Davis’s eerie and wondrous novel Duplex, although lately I have been further distracted by the poetry of Dorothea Lasky and a comic I just discovered called Sex Criminals.

What would your name be if you were a pirate?

“The One Who Stays Below Board During All The Mayhem And Then Serves Gimlets To The Survivors.”

See the all-star lineup of readers for Lemony Snicket's next audiobook -- EXCLUSIVE

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Lemony Snicket always has a few tricks up his sleeve, and it appears he’s called in some favors for the upcoming audio version of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (out on April Fool’s Day, fittingly). File Under presents 13 mini-mysteries that a young Snicket must solve, and for the audio version, 13 very cool people have signed on to read. Among them are a few radio hosts, an MSNBC anchor, some popular YA authors, musicians, and a football player. Listen to an intro from all 13 readers and see the list exclusively below: READ FULL STORY

Read the first chapter of Lemony Snicket's 'All the Wrong Questions' Book One -- EXCLUSIVE

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Famously cantankerous author Lemony Snicket wasn’t always such a scrooge, but now we get to learn what odd things happened in his childhood to make him turn out that way. We first got to know Snicket from his best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books. His upcoming series, All the Wrong Questions, focuses on his perplexing youth and his apprenticeship at a mysterious organization. Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first of four volumes in the new series, comes your way Oct. 23, but EW has an exclusive sneak peek at chapter one. Check it out at your own risk below! READ FULL STORY

New Lemony Snicket series coming this October

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Little, Brown has announced the title and on-sale date of Lemony Snicket’s highly anticipated new series. The first volume in the four-part autobiographical account of his childhood, called All the Wrong Questions, will be released on Oct. 23, 2012. This will be Snicket’s first new series since the wildly popular A Series of Unfortunate Events. The famously cantankerous author said in a press release, “These books are questionable and contain questions. I, for one, question why anyone would be interested in reading them.”

'Why We Broke Up' by Daniel Handler: See the funny, charming trailer -- EXCLUSIVE

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Daniel Handler, the author who wrote the bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events children’s books under the pen name Lemony Snicket, is back with his first-ever young adult novel Why We Broke Up (Dec. 27). The book, beautifully illustrated by Maira Kalman, tells the story of first heartbreak through a series of ordinary objects that carry deep meaning for two teenagers, Min and Ed, who are ending their relationship. This concept has inspired an interactive website, WhyWeBrokeUpProject.com, where readers can anonymously share their own breakup stories.

To ramp up to the book’s post-Christmas release, Handler took to Grand Central Terminal to interview passersby about their tales of heartache. Check out the exclusive video below! READ FULL STORY

Authors create website to lend support to Occupy Wall Street

It’s been over a month since Occupy Wall Street protesters took to lower Manhattan to protest a whole host of issues regarding financial regulation, inequality, and frustration with America’s current economic system. With growing media coverage, celeb spotting, and protests popping up in other cities all over the world, everyone has an opinion, and it’s no surprise that authors have decided to weigh in as well. READ FULL STORY

Lemony Snicket to publish new series

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced this afternoon that they will be publishing a new four-book series for teens by Lemony Snicket—his first since the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events—as well as a YA novel from Daniel Handler, Snicket’s alter ego. “I was distressed to learn that Little Brown Books for Young Readers would also be offering the works of Lemony Snicket and have insisted that my book be published first.  No one knows better than I that his writing delves into dangerous material, and inspires a spectrum of villainous reaction. In fact, I think I hear a nefarious knocking at the door right now!” Handler said. Handler’s novel is due out in 2011; the first Snicket, in 2012.

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