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Lemony Snicket: All the Wrong Questions

Through a series of quite fortunate events, Lemony Snicket, literary superstar and character mysterioso, will grace the CHF stage. Or perhaps it will be Snicket’s alter ego, Daniel Handler. In any case this will be your very best chance to get the scoop from an individual quite closely affiliated with the compulsively readable serial novels A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions. Come prepared with all the right questions. Complimentary copies of the September issue of Poetry will be available, featuring Handler’s portfolio of favorite children’s poems.

The Chicago Humanities Festival is thrilled to be the exclusive Chicago stop on Lemony Snicket's book release tour for When Did You See Her Last? (the second book in his compulsively readable "All the Wrong Questions" series). Mr. Snicket is happy to autograph your copy, so let us know if you'll be joining us for the book signing by adding "Book Sales RSVP" to your basket along with your ticket at time of purchase. We are asking you to RSVP for the booksigning so we can plan in advance; Snicket's book signings are known for being festive as well as quite long. We're putting together a special post-program event with author James Kennedy (Order of the Odd Fish), face painting, and other treats to make for an enjoyable evening while you wait!

Did you know that CHF ticket buyers get a special 10% discount from our partner bookseller, Unabridged Bookstore? Books will be available for sale at our event beginning at 5:30 pm, Friday, November 1.

This program is presented in partnership with Poetry magazine.

Images by Alissa Zhu

Speakers and Performers

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and recently, Why We Broke Up, which was awarded a Printz Honor. Under the name “Lemony Snicket,” he has penned the novels in the internationally bestselling A Series Of Unfortunate Events, the series, All The Wrong Questions, and recently released his picture book, The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen. Handler is adjunct accordionist for the pop group The Magnetic Fields and lives in San Francisco with his wife, the illustrator Lisa Brown, and one curious child.

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

Lemony Snicket
Official Website
Profile of Daniel Handler
NYT Magazine profile

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The Wired Interview
A geek's guide to Daniel Handler

Online Resources

The Fresh Air Interview
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The Why We Broke Up Project
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