Elk River Books will host a reading by best-selling Florida author, fisherman extraordinaire and part-time Livingston resident Carl Hiaasen at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 in the Park High School RecPlex in Livingston.
A columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen has earned national acclaim for his satirical novels, “wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tales in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida… get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.” His new book, Bad Monkey, follows in that mold, taking the action from Miami to the Keys to the Bahamas with a cast of characters that includes a voodoo witch, kinky medical examiner, disarticulated arm, and the eponymous Bad Monkey.
Hiaasen has written 15 novels (including three thrillers co-authored with his friend, the late journalist William Montalbano), four works of nonfiction, and four books for kids. For his journalism, he’s won the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He’s written for magazines ranging from Sports Illustrated, Time and Life, to Playboy and Gourmet. Two of his books, Hoot (which won a Newberry Honor) and Strip Tease, have been made into movies.
The London Observer has called Hiaasen “America’s finest satirical novelist,” while Janet Maslin of The New York Times has compared him to Woody Allen, S.J. Perelman and Preston Sturges.
Seating is limited, so admission to Mr. Hiaasen’s reading will require a ticket, available for free from Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender St. in Livingston, beginning on Monday, June 24 (limit four per person). Doors will open at 6:30, and a book signing will follow the reading. Elk River Books will have copies of Bad Monkey and Chomp for sale. For more information, call 406-224-5802.