How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Some would say "practice," but in Daniel Handler's case, all he had to do was kill a composer.
Handler is best known by his pseudonym: Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling children's books A Series of Unfortunate Events, which were adapted into a 2004 film with Jim Carrey. Along with being a novelist and screenwriter, Handler is also a musician, and his latest children's book, The Composer Is Dead, combines his passions.
The Composer Is Dead, which was created with composer and former Triangle resident Nathaniel Stookey, is a mock murder-mystery where various members of an orchestra are interrogated about their role in the death of a composer. Handler performed the work with the N.C. Symphony last year, and he is returning to the area to celebrate the work's release as a book/ CD combination with illustrations from Decemberists cover artist Carson Ellis.
We spoke to Handler recently about his book, music, movie career and the dangers of everyday life.
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