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Zoom in on Carl Hiaasen

A ticket to a live interview with the author includes a copy of his book and supports the Times Festival of Reading.

If you’re a fan of the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, you’ve probably enjoyed Carl Hiaasen’s appearances there — if you could squeeze into the hall. He’s a rock star to our festival attendees.

This year, the festival is going virtual. And Hiaasen is stepping up to help support it with a ticketed virtual event at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

I’ll be interviewing him live via Zoom. If you’ve seen him speak, you know he’s as smart and hilarious in person as he is on the page. Given that his new novel, Squeeze Me, is set in Palm Beach and includes the president and first lady among its characters, he just might have something to say about the news. He’ll also be taking questions from the audience.

Tickets for the virtual event are $40 and include one copy of Squeeze Me. Proceeds beyond the book and shipping costs benefit the free Festival of Reading.

To purchase a ticket, go to festivalofreading.com. You’ll receive an email with a link to join the livestreamed event and a book.

Related: A review of "Squeeze Me."

We’ll be announcing details for another exciting fundraiser soon: a livestreamed interview with Barbara Kingsolver, talking about her upcoming poetry collection, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons).

The 2020 Times Festival of Reading will take place Nov. 12-14 at festivalofreading.com. It will feature virtual interviews and panel discussions with authors, both live and recorded.

Among the authors already confirmed for this year’s festival are Colson Whitehead, James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Mary Kay Andrews, Walter Mosley, Laura Lippman, Lisa Unger and Maggie O’Farrell. We’ll be announcing the full roster of authors in September.

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