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Get your tickets for talks with Carl Hiaasen, Barbara Kingsolver

Both bestselling authors will appear in livestreamed interviews to raise funds for the Times Festival of Reading.

The 28th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be a free virtual event with more than 40 authors. If you’d like to support the festival and be a part of a livestreamed conversation with a bestselling and beloved author, we have two opportunities for you.

There’s still time to get your ticket for an interview with Carl Hiaasen at 7 p.m. Sept. 10. And soon you’ll be able to buy a ticket for a talk with Barbara Kingsolver at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

Kingsolver’s upcoming book is How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons), her second collection of poetry. She’s known to millions of readers for her nine sharply observed, warmly humane novels, including The Poisonwood Bible, Flight Behavior and The Bean Trees. Her memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, recounted a year on her family’s Virginia farm and won a James Beard award. Kingsolver is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

On Sept. 10, I’ll talk to Hiaasen about his new novel, Squeeze Me, set in Palm Beach and including the president and first lady among its characters. He’ll also be taking questions from the audience. Tickets are $40 and include one copy of Squeeze Me.

Proceeds beyond the book cost benefit the free Festival of Reading. To purchase a ticket for Hiaasen’s talk, go to You’ll receive an email with a link to join the livestreamed event and a book. Tickets for Kingsolver’s talk, which will include a copy of the book, will go on sale at the website soon.