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Word Works: Daniel Handler on “Writing as Burglary”

March 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Photo by Meredith Heuer

Photo by Meredith Heuer

Daniel Handler‘s talk will demonstrate how to read like a writer, rather than a reader, with an eye toward “stealing” the structures and other trickery of literature he admires. “There is stealth involved,” he told us in an eerie voice, “as well as ruthlessness and careful planning.”

After the talk, Handler will participate in a Q&A with Hugo House’s own Peter Mountford, and the audience will have a chance to ask questions.


Daniel Handler is a columnist for The Believer where his “What the Swedes Read,” about reading one book by each Nobel Laureate, appears in each issue. His books, We Are Pirates and Hurry Up and Wait, co-authored with Maira Kalman, are new this spring and have inspired a flurry of events. In the fall, the final installment of Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series will be published. Its sequel, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” is currently being developed by Netflix as an original series.