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The Mysterious Mind behind Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler

What secrets are lurking in the mind of Daniel Handler? I recently had the opportunity to speak with the author, better known as his character/alter-ego Lemony Snicket, the narrator of the 13-book saga A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Jon Klassen Discusses his Work and Caldecott Win

Jon Klassen

I recently had the opportunity to speak with children’s author and illustrator Jon Klassen. His book This Is Not My Hat just won the 2013 Caldecott Medal.

Video: Michael Scheibach on America’s Atomic Obsession

Mr. Civil Defense

In the decade spanning the 1950s, the U.S. government churned out roughly 400 million pieces of Civil Defense propaganda. If that fact alone is not enough to make you want to “duck and cover,” consider the actual threat of nuclear annihilation Americans lived under during the Atomic Age.

Video: Royals Star Frank White Shares His Library Love

Frank White: One Man's Dream

It’s official: Frank White has been inducted into the Library Hall of Fame. What did the Royals’ former star second baseman do to receive this singular honor? Simple. He got on camera and testified to the power of reading and libraries.

Dayton Duncan on The Dust Bowl

Dayton R. Duncan

Making the documentary, The Dust Bowl, wasn’t a matter of creating a story and then finding the interview subjects and visual elements that would tell that story, says Dayton Duncan. It’s the other way around.

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