Writer Daniel Handler and singer Keely Smith on this edition of Fresh Air
. Under the name Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler is the author of the children's books A Series of Unfortunate Events
featuring the orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. In each of the nine books so far, the orphans face increasing misfortune, from being pursued by an evil Count out to get their inheritance, to undergoing unnecessary surgery. Handler's books are filled with literary references and in-jokes that only adults would get. When The Hostile Hospital
, his latest book in the series debuted, it knocked the newest Harry Potter
book off the top of The New York Times
children's best seller list. Now, you can read all about Lemony Snicket in the new book Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography
. Singer Keely Smith has been called "The Queen of Swing" and "the First Lady of Las Vegas." Smith is perhaps best known as the duet partner and wife of Louis Prima. Smith and Prima drew crowds to the lounges of Las Vegas in the 1950s. Their hits include "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," "Just a Gigolo," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "That Old Black Magic." Smith released the CD Swing Swing Swing
two years ago. Her new CD is Absolutely the Best of Keely Smith
. (Original Broadcast Dates: December 10, 2001 and April 4, 2002)
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