Place of Birth:
Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974
Numerous journalism awards for reporting in the Miami Herald
|The Best Book to Read First|
Where to start with Hiaasen's comically surreal world of crime and punishment? Try Double Whammy (1987). Set in the world of competitive bass fishing, it hooks readers on a classically Hiaasen tangle of corrupt politicians, devious businessmen, and colorful weirdos.
The novel also features the memorable first appearance of a Caliban-like hermit named Skink.
|Hiaasen on His Home State (Affectionately)|
|"Florida is kind of the superkingdom for bad behavior, and frankly, it's hard for a novelist to stay ahead of the weirdness curve down here," Hiaasen told Book magazine. "Sleazebags and scum come to south Florida for the same reason everybody else comes to south Florida: the climate, the sunshine -- it's a pretty place. If you're going to be ripping off HUD housing projects, why not do it where the weather is nice?"|
|Wrestling with the Mouse||Hiaasen the Columnist|
|Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World|
Carl Hiaasen, Peter Gethers
In this biting, funny, and provocative work of nonfiction, Hiaasen sets his sights on a national institution and Florida powerhouse.
|Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen|
Readers who eagerly anticipate each new Hiaasen novel will relish this selection of his Miami Herald columns, written with the same dark humor and satirical edge as his brilliant fiction.
|Photo by Tim Chapman||