Closing Session

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Neil Patrick Harris

Don’t miss this magic! Adding young readers’ author to his list of accomplishments—actor, producer, director, host, author, and magician—Neil Patrick Harris joins us to close out the Midwinter Meeting. Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner and winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. A celebrated awards host, he hosted the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015. His first book was published in 2014--Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography—a structurally innovative memoir that is “a revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/ personality/ carbon-based-life-form.”

The Magic Misfits (Fall 2017, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) is Harris’s middle-grade debut. Well known for his creative genius on the screen, stage, and page, with this latest endeavor he combines his passion as a magic enthusiast with his more recent experiences as a parent to craft a series that will inspire and entertain kids. “Books are awesome. Reading and books have become a mainstay in my family, and they have gotten me thinking in a new way about the power of storytelling,” he commented. “Playing with elements of magic, adventure, and friendship, The Magic Misfits is the kind of series that would have thrilled me as a kid, and I hope it does just that for today’s young readers.” 

Harris served as President of the Academy of Magical Arts from 2011–2014, won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006, and hosted the 2008 World Magic Awards. He directed the highly acclaimed intimate illusion show Nothing to Hide, featuring two award-winning magicians, in both Los Angeles and New York. He most recently served as host and Executive Producer of NBC’s live variety series Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris and will next be seen starring as Count Olaf in the Netflix’s original series “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

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