Conversations with Authors - Carl Hiaasen (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Tuesday, September 8th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Carl Hiaasen

in conversation with Dave Barry


Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for a new chat with a different author.

 

Carl Hiaasen‘s new novel Squeeze Me is a hilarious story of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.

Carl began writing novels in early 1980s with his good friend and fellow journalist, William D. Montalbano. Together they wrote three mystery thrillers—Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death in China—which borrowed heavily from their reporting experiences. Tourist Season, published in 1986, was Carl’s first solo novel. Since then, he has published Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, and ten national bestsellers: Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island, Bad Monkey, and Razor Girl. All the novels are set in Florida.

Carl is also the author of several popular novels for young readers: Hoot, which won a Newbery Honor; Flush; Scat; Chomp; Skink – No Surrender, which introduces one of the wildest characters in his adult books to a teen audience; and most recently, Squirm. He has also written three nonfiction books: Team Rodent, a wry but unsparing rant against the Disney empire and its grip on American culture; The Downhill Lie, which chronicles his ill-advised return to the sport of golf after a “much-needed” 32-year hiatus; and Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear, a collaboration with Roz Chast. He has also published three collections of his newspaper columns, Kick Ass, Paradise Screwed, and Dance of the Reptiles. 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. His nonfiction work has appeared in many magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Esquire, and Gourmet.

Dave Barry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated newspaper column, which appeared in more than 500 newspapers. He has also written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business, and Insane City. Dave’s most recent books are Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland, Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, and A Field Guide to the Jewish People, which he co-wrote with his friends Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

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Squeeze Me: A novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524733452
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020

“If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 


Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear Cover Image
By Carl Hiaasen, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525655015
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Published: Knopf - April 10th, 2018

This is Oh, the Places You'll Never Go--the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it.

"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."


Razor Girl: A novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804907
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 2nd, 2017

A lovable con woman and a disgraced detective team up to find a redneck reality TV star in this raucous and razor-sharp new novel from Carl Hiaasen, the bestselling author of Bad Monkey


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Bad Monkey Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780446556149
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 3rd, 2014

From "the funniest important writer in America" comes a tale that is gleefully zany and incisively sharp and now available in mass market for the first time (Miami Herald).


Star Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446556125
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 21st, 2011

From "the funniest important writer in America" comes a tale that is gleefully zany and incisively sharp (Miami Herald).

Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen-and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.


The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307280459
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2009

Filled with harrowing divots, deadly doglegs, and excruciating sandtraps, The Downhill Lie is a hilarious chronicle of mis-adventure that will have you rolling with laughter.


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Nature Girl Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593082379
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - March 23rd, 2021

Honey Santana—impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed “queen of lost causes”—has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls.


Skinny Dip (Skink Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101973035
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - September 6th, 2016

Chaz Perrone may care more about Hummers than hammerheads, but he’s done pretty well for himself as a marine biologist, doctoring water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue dumping fertilizer into the Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey Perrone, has figured out his scam, he resolves to push her overboard a cruise liner into the seething Atlantic.


Basket Case Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806536
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 13th, 2013

A rollicking and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Bad Monkey and Razor Girl.


Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780813034287
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Published: University Press of Florida - September 1st, 2009

"Takes readers on a head-shaking romp through a south Florida that they won't find in any tourist brochure. . . . Hiaasen's writing is fearless and the targets endless: politicians, municipal employees, judges, lobbyists, zoning boards, evangelists, athletic franchises, environmental scofflaws, Disney, the NRA, Big Tobacco. . . .


Sick Puppy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446695688
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2005

The New York Times bestselling novel in which an eco-terrorist with anger-management issues takes on environmental irresponsibility - now reissued with a new author's note.


Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780813034294
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Published: University Press of Florida - September 1st, 2009

"You just cover a lot of territory and you do it aggressively and you do it fairly and you don't play favorite sand you don't take any prisoners. It's the old school of slash-and-burn metropolitan column writing. You just kick ass. That's what you do. And that's what they pay you to do.--Carl Hiaasen

Praise for Kick Ass


Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345422804
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - May 5th, 1998

"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving to improve upon it, constantly fine-tuning God's work."
--from TEAM RODENT


Lucky You Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781538729533
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 28th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Witty...colorful...entertaining." - New York Times Book Review


Stormy Weather Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781538729571
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 31st, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Hysterically funny...Hiaasen at his satirical best." - USA Today


Strip Tease Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525431770
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 4th, 2020

From the bestselling author of Razor Girl, suspense and hilarity combine with greed and political corruption in the tale of a Florida stripper, a sex-obsessed congressman, a heart-of-gold bouncer, a political fixer, and a touch of blackmail.


Native Tongue Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538729540
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 26th, 2018

"Rips, zips, hurtles, keeping us turning the pages at breakfinger pace." - New York Times Book Review


Skin Tight (Skink Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425233498
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - January 5th, 2010

Bestselling author Carl Hiaasen serves up a humorous helping of "taut, fast-paced action...crisp and hot” (The New York Times). 


Double Whammy (Skink Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334751
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - November 24th, 2020

"Follow the adventures of a news-photographer-turned-private-eye as he seeks truth, justice, and an affair with his ex-wife" (The New York Times) in this hilarious caper from bestselling author Carl Hiaasen.


Tourist Season: A Suspense Thriller Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399587146
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - November 1st, 2016

Take a trip to exotic South Florida with this dark, funny book that established Carl Hiaasen as one of the top mystery writers in the game.

The first sign of trouble is a Shriner's fez washed up on a Miami beach. The next is a suitcase containing the almost-legless body of the local chamber of commerce president found floating in a canal...


A Death in China Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375700675
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 30th, 1998

From Carl Hiaasen and the distinguished foreign correspondent Bill Montalbano comes a relentless novel of treachery and murder set in the clenched society of China, where even tomorrow’s weather is a state secret.


Trap Line Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375700699
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 30th, 1998

From the bestselling author of Bad Monkey and Razor Girl and Bill Montalbano comes this compelling thriller set in Key West on the southern most end of America.


Powder Burn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375700682
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 30th, 1998

Architect Chris Meadows has the bad luck to see an old girlfriend get hit by a car full of drugland hitmen. He has the worse luck to see the face of her murderers. Because in a town as violent as Miami, a witness doesn't stand a chance--especially when the cops who ought to be protecting him are more interested in dangling him as live bait.


Squirm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385752978
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

A wildly entertaining adventure involving snakes, grizzlies, a menacing drone, a missing father, and the kid determined to find him. In classic Hiaasen fashion, the animals here are wild, and the people are wilder!

Some facts about Billy Dickens:
  *  He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.


Skink--No Surrender Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307930590
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - December 1st, 2015

Richard's cousin is missing, and his best hope of finding her rests with the wily, one-eyed, ex-governor of Florida. Carl Hiaasen introduces his iconic character Skink to a younger audience in this nail-biting adventure!
 
A National Book Award Longlist Selection
 


Chomp Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780375868276
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - March 12th, 2013

In this hysterical #1 New York Times bestseller, one kid has to wrangle gators, snakes, bats that bite, and a reality show host gone rogue! This is Carl Hiaasen's Florida—where the creatures are wild and the people are wilder! 
 


Scat Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440421047
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Published: Yearling - February 28th, 2012

Carl Hiaasen takes us deep in the Everglades with an eccentric eco-avenger, a ticked-off panther, and two kids on a mission to find their missing teacher. Florida—where the animals are wild and the people are wilder!
 


Flush Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375861253
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Published: Yearling - May 11th, 2010

A hilarious, high-stakes adventure involving crooked casino boats, floating fish, toxic beaches, and one kid determined to get justice. This is Carl Hiaasen's Florida—where the creatures are wild and the people are wilder! 

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.


Hoot Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440419396
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Published: Yearling - December 27th, 2005

This Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times bestseller is a beloved modern classic. Hoot features a new kid and his new bully, alligators, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes.


Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101982617
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2017

A New York Times bestseller—a brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry.


Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501161155
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 2019

In this “little gem” (Washington Independent Review of Books), Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and New York Times bestselling author Dave Barry learns how to age happily from his old but joyful dog, Lucy.

As Dave Barry turns seventy—not happily—he realizes that his dog, Lucy, is dealing with old age far better than he


A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them…and Much More. Maybe Too Much More Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250191960
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 24th, 2019

From three award-winning and bestselling humor writers comes a hilarious guide to everything you need to know about Jewish history, holidays, and traditions.