Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaassen.jpg
Born (1953-03-12) March 12, 1953 (age 61)
Plantation, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, Journalist
Nationality American
Genres Crime Fiction, Thrillers, Satirical Fiction
Subjects Environmentalism, government corruption
Spouse(s) Fenia Clizer (1999–present)
Connie Lyford (1970–1996)

Carl Hiaasen (/ˈh.əsɛn/; born March 12, 1953) is an American journalist, columnist, and novelist.

Personal life[edit]

Hiaasen was born in 1953 and raised in Plantation, Florida. He was the first of four children, the son of a lawyer, Kermit Odell, and a teacher, Patricia. He has Norwegian ancestry.[1] He started writing at age six when his father got him a typewriter.[2] After graduating from high school in 1970, he entered Emory University, where he contributed satirical humor columns to the student-run newspaper The Emory Wheel.[3] In 1972, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he wrote for The Independent Florida Alligator. Hiaasen graduated in 1974 with a degree in journalism.

He was a reporter for Cocoa Today (Cocoa, Florida) for two years, beginning in 1974, and then was hired by the Miami Herald in 1976, where he still works.

Hiaasen lives in Plantation, Florida.[4]


Carl Hiaasen discusses Bad Monkey before a Barnes & Noble audience at a New York book signing, June 11, 2013

After becoming an investigative reporter, Hiaasen began to write novels. His first three were co-written by fellow journalist Montalbano: Powder Burn (1981), Trap Line (1982), and A Death in China (1986). Hiaasen's first venture into writing children's novels was Hoot (2002), which received the Newbery Honor Award and was made into a 2006 film of the same name (starring Logan Lerman). His second children's novel was Flush, then Scat, and most recently Chomp. Hiaasen's young adult novels follow the theme of environmental issues. They also have his characteristic unique characters and some theme of adventure.

Hiaasen is also noted as the person who discovered and helped bring the young adult fantasy novel Eragon to the public. The book, written by Christopher Paolini, was self-published and self-promoted by tour throughout the United States without much attention until it came to Hiaasen's notice in 2002. Hiaasen immediately recommended the novel to publishing house Alfred A. Knopf. The novel went on to become an astounding success, marking the start of a book series that sold over 30 million copies worldwide.



Adult fiction[edit]

With Bill Montalbano

Young adult fiction[edit]

Short stories[edit]




Hoot, Hiaasen's first book for young readers, won a Newbery Honor from the Association for Library Service to Children.


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  2. ^ "Biography: Carl Hiaasen". Scholastic. c. 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Parvin, Paige. "We Knew Them When". Emory Magazine (Emory University) (Winter 2013). Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Goodnow, Cecelia (29 September 2005). "Carl Hiaasen relishes reachinga new generation of greenies -". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 27 July 2012. "Hiaasen said by phone from his home in Vero Beach, Fla." 
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Carl Hiaasen's Official Website. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  6. ^ Carl Hiaasen (2003-02-18). "A crazed photographer has kidnapped a beautiful model and - 02.18.03 - SI Vault". Retrieved 2012-10-22. 

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