Lemony Snicket

“Eleanora Poe” Psyched the Internet With an Impressive (But Fake) Trailer For Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

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2004’s big screen, big-starred adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, was rather unfortunate itself. So when Netflix announced last November that it would be creating a new series (… out of A Series) fans delighted, not least when a video was posted on YouTube yesterday by one “Eleanor Poe,” entitled “An Unfortunate Teaser.” (Poe is the fictional newspaper editor of The Daily Punctilio, who in the book fires Snicket for writing a bad review for her paper.)
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We Need Diverse Books: Can Children’s Authors End Publishing Industry Prejudice — and Change the Way America Reads?

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As young adult novelists Ellen Oh and Lamar Giles sat together on a panel at a Virginia teen literature conference in early 2014, Oh relished the rare experience of sharing the stage with another author of color. She had already been thinking about an initiative to expand diversity in children’s literature, and that day she wondered: “Why can’t it be like this all the time?”

Both Oh and Giles had grown fatigued with the diversity discussion that repeatedly arose in the children’s and YA books (or “kidlit,” as it’s called) community, only to fizzle out again. Debriefing with Giles after the panel, Oh remembers telling him of her plan: “We have to do something, and we have to do something big.” She asked him, “Are you in?”

A few weeks later We Need Diverse Books, the social media movement that has grown into a well-regarded nonprofit in a matter of months, was born. The founders had already started planning their campaign when, not for the last time, an incident of industry racism gave them momentum. In April, BookCon — a subsidiary of New York-based publishing mega-conference BookExpo — announced a panel of superstar children’s authors that consisted of all white men, while the overall conference lineup was all white people, aside from Grumpy Cat.
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10 Children’s Book Series That Deserve TV Adaptations

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With the success young adult books are having at the box office — The Hunger Games series, The Fault In Our Stars — it was only a matter of time before television stepped up its game and started to adapt more children’s and young adult books into TV series. There have already been some great successes (Pretty Little LiarsGossip Girl), and there are a few other book-to-TV projects in the works (Wondrous Strange and The Clan of the Cave Bear), but as far as I’m concerned, there can never be too many. Here are ten book series that deserve TV adaptations — or a second chance at one.
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“The Askew and the Beautiful”: Maira Kalman on ‘Girls Standing on Lawns’ and Collaborating With Daniel Handler

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If you’re familiar with their work, the fact that Girls Standing on Lawns, the latest collaboration between artist Maira Kalman and writer Daniel Handler (known best as the pseudonymous Lemony Snicket), lives up to its title won’t be much of a surprise. It is, in fact, a slender book filled with old photographs and Kalman’s brightly illustrated interpretations of them, depicting girls standing on lawns, along with text provided by Handler.
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10 of the Best Holiday Books You Probably Haven’t Read

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For many of us, December is the month of trotting out old classics: traditions, recipes, that one silver plate that’s been in the family for generations. Of course, it’s a time of classic holiday reading, too, so if you’re both the bookish and the celebratory type, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are likely to be laying about, cookie crumbs mashed into the creases of your favorite pages, hot chocolate rings on the back. But what about the holiday books that don’t get quite as much love? This year, if you find you’ve gone over The Night Before Christmas one too many times, try swapping in one of these excellent and under-appreciated choices, which we bet only the jolliest among you will have …Read More