Carl Hiaasen, best-selling novelist, Newberry Honor winner and Miami Herald columnist, will be joining Tampa Theatre on Tuesday, May 14 as part of our 2019 LIMELIGHT series.
A Florida native, Carl Hiaasen has been writing about the Sunshine State since his father gave him a typewriter at age six.
Since 1985, Hiaasen has been writing a column for The Miami Herald, covering everything from local issues like polluted rivers, the criminal justice system, and animal welfare, to national stories like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Trayvon Martin case, Bernie Madoff’s trial, and Florida’s presidential election woes. His sharp observations and eye-opening reporting have earned him three Pulitzer Prize nominations.
In 1986 Hiaasen published his first solo novel, Tourist Season. Although the book failed to frighten away the tourists that were transforming Florida from appealing to appalling, the novel garnered much critical acclaim. The London Observer has called him “America’s finest satirical novelist,” while Janet Maslin of The New York Times has compared him to Preston Sturges, Woody Allen, and S.J. Perelman. To date, Carl Hiaasen has published 14 novels for adults, among them nine national bestsellers – Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island, and Bad Monkey. Strip Tease was turned into a major motion picture starring Demi Moore and directed by Andrew Bergman. His most recent novel is Razor Girl, published in September 2016 and a national bestseller.
Hiaasen has also taken his humor and irreverence to the pages of kids’ books. Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, Hoot, was the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious Newbery Honor, and was made into a film in 2006. Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Hiaasen has also written three non-fiction books: Team Rodent, a wry but unsparing rant against the Disney empire and its grip on American culture; The Downhill Lie, in which Hiaasen chronicles his unlucky return to the sport of golf after a 32-year hiatus; and his most recent non-fiction work Assume the Worst, published in April 2018. For his journalism and commentary, Hiaasen has received numerous honors, including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
LIMELIGHT series subscriptions are available as a five-event ticket bundle for $375 / $325 / $275 at the Franklin Street Box Office and online at TampaTheatre.org for $398.25 / $346.50 / $294.75 total, including fees. A select number of Platinum packages are also available for $625 at the Box Office or $657 online, which include premium show seating and a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar from 5:00-6:30pm each event night.