Handler is the author of the children's books "A Series of Unfortunate Events" featuring the orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. The new film A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on his books, opens Dec. 17. This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 10, 2001.
He's the creator of the Artemis Fowl series, featuring a 12-year-old millionaire criminal mastermind. Two of the three books in the series have been on The New York Times best seller list. The books are a combination of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale and thriller. They are Artemis Fowl, Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code.