Today, the National Book Foundation announced that A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket, whose real name is Daniel Handler, will host the 65th National Book Awards ceremony this fall. Handler will be the first author of both adult and children’s books to emcee the event, which is scheduled to take place on November 19 in New York City. Last year’s ceremony was hosted by Mika Brzezinski, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
This is not the first time that Handler has participated in the proceedings. In 2008, the best-selling author chaired the panel that gave out the way award for best young people’s literature book.
“Daniel Handler is witty, charming, and one of the best writers in America,” the foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a press release. “We are looking forward forward to a wonderful National Book Awards evening this year with him as host.” In a statement, Handler said that when the foundation’s executive director Harold Augenbraum contacted him about hosting, he thought he had won an award. “Um, guess again,” Augenbraum told him.
In addition to the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series, Handler has also written the All the Wrong Questions series under his pen name, and he is currently working on We Are Pirates, the story of a pair of high school girls who steal a ship and attack other boats in the San Francisco Bay. His work as Daniel Handler includes 2006’s Adverbs and 2011’s Why We Broke Up.