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Daniel Handler on the ups and downs of being Lemony Snicket [Video]

Daniel Handler dropped by our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books before appearing live with children's book illustrator Jon Klassen, collaborator on the new children's book "The Dark."

Handler has written fiction aimed at adults, but he is best known to the under-18 set as Lemony Snicket, author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and more recently, "Who Could It Be at This Hour?" He sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss a series of miscellaneous topics, including what he is reading this month ("I only read poetry in April") and previous experiences at the Festival of Books.

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"Last time, I was on the Target Stage between Barney and Spider-man..." he recalled. "At first I was a little put off, and then I remembered Faulkner was once between Barney and Spider-man and felt better."

For more conversation with Handler, click on the video above.

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