Department of English
Sophie Kerr Weekend Speaker
March 26, 2010
Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, 4:00 p.m.
Daniel Handler is the author of the literary novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and, most recently, Adverbs. Under the name Lemony Snicket he has also written a sequence of books for children, known collectively as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which have sold more than 53 million copies and were the basis of a film starring Jim Carrey. His intricate and witty writing style has won him numerous fans for his critically acclaimed literary work and his wildly successful children's books.
Handler has worked intermittently in film and music, most recently in collaboration with composer Nathaniel Stookey on a piece commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, entitled "The Composer Is Dead," which has been performed all over the world and is now a book with CD. An adjunct accordionist for the music group The Magnetic Fields, he is also the author of Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, The Beatrice Letters, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid, and two books for Christmas: The Lump of Coal and The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: a Christmas story. He is the screenwriter of the film Rick, a revamp of the Verdi opera Rigoletto, and the film adaptation of Joel Rose's novel Kill the Poor, and has written for The New York Times, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Chickfactor, and various anthologies, and was the chair of the Judging Panel for the National Book Awards in Young People's Literature, 2008. His current projects include a fourth novel for adults, a picture book in collaboration with Maira Kalman and the script for the long-awaited second Snicket movie.
"Daniel Handler [is] something like an American Nabokov."— Dave Eggers
"One of our most dazzling literary conjurers."— Michael Chabon
"Sentence by sentence, Handler dazzles, teases the unwary with unforeseeable perceptions."— San Francisco Chronicle
Sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee and The Rose O'Neill Literary House