Lemony Snicket ’92, Promoting Scary New Book, Will Answer Your Questions Now

TheDark

Lemony Snicket sure knows a thing or two about fear. The mysterious Daniel Handler ’92author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, will be taking over the Huffington Post Book’s Twitter account (@HuffPostBooks) this afternoon from 3:15 PM to about 3.45 PM.

The topic of discussion will be fear. And not just because Snicket/Handler (Snicker?) is sort of a creepy guy. (He did this sort of shindig once before, and the topic was love, strange enough.) He’s releasing a new book this week called The Dark, which sounds just as weird and awesome as all his other books:

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does.This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.

This may be your only chance to interact with the otherwise-social-media-absent Snicket. According to HuffPostBooks:

All you have to do is leave your questions about FEAR in the comments below or tweeted at us using the hashtag #AskSnicket. Mr Snicket will start tweeting his advice this Friday, April 5th.

That other award-winning talent, by the way, is the illustrator Jon Klassen, whose adorable and happy work on his own amazing children’s books  I Want My Hat Back and the 2013 Caldecott Award-winning This is Not My Hat features animals being eaten off-page. It’s a solid match-up. I know at least one fellow Wesleying writer who’s obsessed with Klassen, proving that excellence in children’s literature transcends age. Oh, and apparently Neil Gaiman narrates the audiobook.

UPDATE:  Some of Snicket’s clever and goofy responses are below, including shots at Angelina Ballerina, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safron Foer, and even Amanda Palmer ’98.