Handler apologizes for watermelon joke at awards

November 20, 2014 6:05 PM

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Daniel Handler is apologizing for comments made at the National Book Awards that have been criticized as racist.

The author sometimes known as "Lemony Snicket" hosted Wednesday night's ceremony in Manhattan, where one of the winners was Jacqueline Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming." After Woodson collected her prize, Handler shared what he called a private joke. He had learned that Woodson was allergic to waterme...

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