Devotees of the tales of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans know the worth of the estimable writings of Mr. Lemony Snicket. Clever, wry and dreadfully secretive, Mr. Snicket avoids the public eye, perhaps for fear of impetigo — but mostly because he is bedeviled by a larger conspiracy. But do not let that trouble you: Despite the danger, Mr. Snicket has completed yet another book, and he's more than willing to send his official representative, Mr. Daniel Handler, out on a small goodwill tour. The Lump of Coal, a Christmas story about an artistic lump of coal in search of a miracle, is sure to be in the stockings of discerning children. If you'd like to acquire a copy earlier — such initiative — go to the Daniel Boone branch of the St. Louis County Library (300 Clarkson Road, Ballwin; 636-227-9630 or www.slcl.org) at 9 a.m. today, purchase your copy, and receive 1 of 300 available Snicket Tickets. This ducat will afford you the opportunity to meet Mr. Handler beginning at noon and have him sign the book on Mr. Snicket's behalf. There will be horrid Lemony Snicket-related activities to while away the time as well. You have been warned.
Sat., Nov. 8, 2008