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Lemony Snicket comes to Long Island to launch new kids' book series

Ryan O'Halloran, 10, of Amityville reads a Lemony

Ryan O'Halloran, 10, of Amityville reads a Lemony Snicket book. (Oct. 8, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

Lemony Snicket – narrator of the renowned “A Series of Unfortunate Events” children’s books – is coming to Carle Place tomorrow for the worldwide launch of the first installment of his new children’s series, “All the Wrong Questions.”

Fans can catch the elusive author at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at 91 Old Country Rd. (wristbands will be given out starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the store, 516-741-9850). I was lucky enough to reach Snicket by phone and interview him about the first book in that series, “Who Could That Be at This Hour?”

Here are three things I learned from Snicket:

1.) The new series is about Snicket’s tween and teen years, when Snicket first worked for the secret organization V.F.D. solving mysteries. “The book is about terrible and sinister things that happened to me at that age,” Snicket says, warning children not to read the series. (He warned them off  “A Series of Unfortunate Events” as well, but that 13-book series sold millions of copies anyway and was made into a major motion picture.)

2.) Snicket’s favorite character in his newest book will be murdered in one of the follow-up books in the series. “I think my favorite character is laced with a certain amount of bitterness and regret…” he says, but he wouldn’t name which character that is. Could it be the young reporter, Moxie Mallahan, who writes about events in her town, Stain’d-by-the-Sea? The mysterious girl, Ellington Feint, who is searching for her missing father?

3.) If Snicket feels he is in too much danger appearing in public, he may have to send his trusted representative, Daniel Handler, to Long Island in his place on Tuesday. He chooses Handler to represent him because “he seems fairly talented and good looking.”

Click here to read my entire interview with Snicket.

 

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