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An Evening with Carl Hiaasen
TRACK 16 at Bergamont Station
Santa Monica, CA
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An Evening with Carl Hiaasen
The Pearson Foundation, TRACK 16 and Reading to Kids present
a Live Talks Los Angeles event, co-presented by KPCC and KCET,  featuring:

An Evening with Carl Hiaasen in conversation Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times discussing Hiaasen's new book, Star Island, and the writing life

"Sick, twisted, depraved These words describe both South Florida and Carl Hiaasen, which is why nobody writes about Miami the way he does." -- Dave Barry

Carl Hiaasen, award-winning journalist, columnist for the Miami Herald, and bestselling novelist has won international acclaim for the relentless skewering of his beloved Florida and its attendant eccentricities.  His fiction has been likened to that of a modern-day Mark Twain, while his columns for the Herald are hailed by citizens and fellow journalists (he was just awarded the 2010 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists).  In his columns and novels, he's taken on telemarketers, tourists, land developers, politicians, and a litany of others in his quest to expose the underbelly of society and politics.  Now, with STAR ISLAND, we can add pop stars and paparazzi to that list.  

Meet 22-year-old pop star Cherry Pye, attempting a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.  Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her "undercover stunt double," Ann DeLusia, who portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too intoxicated to be in public. When Ann-as-Cherry is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by an obsessed paparazzo, Cherry's handlers must rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's publicand from Cherry herself.  But complications abound in cameos that Hiaasen fans will lovefrom Ann's biggest admirer and would-be rescuer, Skink, the crazed former governor of Florida to Cherry's particularly ill-tempered new bodyguard, Chemo, a former hitman equipped with a weed-whacker on his prothestic arm that he isn't afraid to use.

Visit his website for more information:  www.carlhiaasen.com

Carolyn Kellogg, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, writes Jacket Copy, the paper's book blog. She is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, has an MFA in fiction, teaches at UCLA Extension and has been heard on NPR. Few people know that she was born in Tallahassee, Florida.

6:30-7:30pm  Reception
8:00pm   Carl Hiaasen in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg

Tickets: $20-$95 (includes pre-event reception)
Books will be available for sale.  

Net proceeds from this event will support the wonderful work of Reading to Kids, a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children in Los Angeles with a love of reading. They organizes reading clubs at seven Los Angeles elementary schools.  Pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of children, while their parents receive training on how to encourage their children to read at home.  Kids, parents, teachers, and school libraries receive book donations at the end of the Reading Clubs. To volunteer or learn more, visit: www.readingtokids.org

Through it's We Give Books campaign, the Pearson Foundation will also donate five children's books per ticket sold to Los Angeles public schools and Reading to Kids.


TRACK 16 at Bergamont Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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