; born March 12, 1953) is an American journalist and novelist. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and by the late 1970s had begun writing novels in his spare time, both for adults and for young-adult readers. Two of his novels have been made into feature films.
Hiaasen's adult novels are humorous crime thrillers set in Florida
. They feature casts of eccentric, sometimes grotesque characters and satirize aspects of American popular culture. Many of the novels include themes related to environmentalism and political corruption in his native state.
Early life and education
He was a reporter at TODAY
, Florida) for two years before being hired in 1976 by the Miami Herald
, where he worked for the city desk, Sunday magazine and award-winning investigative team. Hiaasen was a columnist for the newspaper from mid-1985 until March 2021. His columns have been collected in three published volumes, Kick Ass
(1999), Paradise Screwed
(2001) and Dance of the Reptiles
(2014), all edited by Diane Stevenson.
After becoming a reporter, Hiaasen began writing novels in his spare time. The first three were co-authored with his friend and fellow journalist William Montalbano: Powder Burn
(1981), Trap Line
(1982), and A Death in China
(1984). His first solo novel, Tourist Season
(1986), featured a group of ragged eco-warriors who kidnap the Orange Bowl
Queen in Miami. The book's main character was whimsically memorialized by Jimmy Buffett
in a song called "The Ballad of Skip Wiley," which appeared on his Barometer Soup
In all, twenty of Hiaasen's novels and nonfiction books have been on the New York Times Best Seller lists. His work has been translated into 34 languages.
Hiaasen's subsequent children's novels were Flush, Scat
and, Skink-- No Surrender,
which introduces one of his most popular adult characters to teen readers. In 2014, Skink
was long-listed for a National Book Award in Young People's Literature. All of Hiaasen's books for young readers feature environmental themes, eccentric casts and adventure-filled plots. His newest, Squirm,
which is set in Florida and Montana, was published in the fall of 2018 and opened at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list for middle-grade novels.
His previous novel for adults, Razor Girl,
was published by Alfred A. Knopf
in September 2016, and opened at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. In England it was short-listed for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse
award for comic fiction.
His latest adult book, Squeeze Me,
was published on August 25, 2020 and debuted at #2 on the New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Print Best Sellers List. The novel takes place during the glitzy Palm Beach social season, and features wild pythons and a fictional, well-fed U.S. president who has a vacation mansion on the island. Amazon and the Washington Post
listed Squeeze Me as
one of the best novels of 2020.
Hiaasen's most recent nonfiction work is Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear, which was published in April 2018 and illustrated by Roz Chast, who is well-known for her cartoons in the New Yorker magazine.
During the 1990s Hiaasen co-wrote the lyrics of three songs with his good friend and famed L.A. rocker, the late Warren Zevon
. "Rottweiler Blues" and "Seminole Bingo" appeared on Zevon's Mutineer
album in 1995. The third song they wrote together, "Basket Case," was done in conjunction with Hiaasen's novel of the same name, and appeared in 2001 on Zevon's album My Ride's Here.
With William Montalbano
- Powder Burn (1981)
- Trap Line (1982)
- A Death in China (1984)
Fiction for young readers
- Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear (2018)
- Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World (1998)
- Kick Ass: Selected Columns (1999)
- Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns (2001)
- The Downhill Lie (2008)
- Dance of the Reptiles: Selected Columns (2014)
Awards and achievements
- 1980: National Headliners Award from Sigma Delta Chi.
- 1980: Heywood Broun Award from Newspaper Guild.
- 2004 : Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club.
- 2010 : Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
- 2003 : Newbery Honor from the Association for Library Service to Children, for Hoot.
- 2005 : Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, for Hoot.
- 2005 : Dagger Awards Nominee - Best Novel, for Skinny Dip.
- 2009 : Sélection prix Nouvel Obs et BibliObs du roman noir, for Croco-deal (Nature Girl).
- 2011 : Prix du Livre Environnement de la Fondation Veolia Environnement - Mention jeunesse, for Panthère (Scat).
- 2011 : Prix Enfantaisie du meilleur roman, for Panthère (Scat).
- 2012 : Prix Barnes & Noble du meilleur roman jeunesse, for Chomp.
- 2013 : Prix Science en toutes lettres from The Académie de Rouen, for Panthère (Scat).
- 2014 : National Book Award Longlist Selection - Young People's Literature, for Skink : No Surrender.
- 2017 : Marjorie Harris Carr Award for Environmental Advocacy from the Florida Defenders of the Environment
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- ^ Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 13, 2013: Interview with Carl Hiaasen; Review of Slaid Cleaves' album "Still Fighting the War"; Obituary for Yoram Kaniuk. National Public Radio (U.S.) WHYY, Inc. June 13, 2013. OCLC 957238691. Scroll down to 'View online' to hear the audio of the interview.
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