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Lisa would be delighted to come visit your library, school or museum. She has a variety of presentations both educational and entertaining, and can tailor her talks for any audience; from unruly preschoolers to morbid teenagers to cynical adults. Recent talks include: “Stealing from Sendak” at the Nevada Museum of Art, “The Art of Collaboration,” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and “How I Make a Book,” at Jefferson Elementary School.
For event scheduling, please contact: info [at] americanchickens [dot] com
Q: Where do you live?
A: I mostly live in San Francisco, California, but sometimes end up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Q: Where and when were you born?
A: I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1972.
Q: What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
A: The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I went to college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where I learned about literature. I went to graduate school at Pratt Institute in New York, where I learned about design.
Q: How did you learn how to draw?
A: I learned by looking at books by people I admire and trying to copy them. (I still do that.)
Q: Where do you work?
A: I have a little art studio in the basement of a house in San Francisco. It is very quiet and pretty messy and filled with books and scraps of paper and cups of coffee.
Q: Are you really married to Lemony Snicket?
A: I am married to Daniel Handler, who is Lemony Snicket’s representative.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: Edward Gorey.
Q: What is your favorite book that you have written and/or illustrated?
A: My books are like my children so, obviously, I like the youngest one best.
Q: Why do you like such creepy things?
A: Because they are unusual and things that are unusual are interesting.
Q: Are you scared of anything and if so, what?
A: I am scared of many many things, including but not limited to: ghosts, headless horsemen, the dark, guns, mice, throwing up, people getting angry, injustice, embarrassing situations, and big dogs.
Q: What superpower do you wish that you had?
Q: What is your actual superpower?
A: The ability to identify minor characters in old movies.