Press Release for Monday, February 7, 2005

Hiaasen to Bring Florida Stories to UNF

February 7, 2005
Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115
Author and columnist Carl Hiaasen will bring his satirical take on living in Florida to the University of North Florida when he speaks on “Funny, Real Stories from the Sunshine State” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the UNF Arena.
Hiaasen’s lecture is part of the Presidential Lecture Series and is supported by the UNF Foundation. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved online at www.unf.edu <http://www.unf.edu> or by calling the University Box Office at 904-620-2878.
A native South Floridian, Hiaasen joined The Miami Herald in 1976 as a general assignment reporter. At the Herald, he has worked on prize-winning investigative teams and began writing a regular column in the mid-‘80s. Hiaasen’s first solo novel, Tourist Season, was published in 1986. Since then, he has written numerous books, including Double Whammy, Strip Tease, Basket Case and Skinny Dip. He also has written a children’s book, Hoot, which was recognized with the Newbery Honor. His next children’s book, Flush, is due out in September.
For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit www.unf.edu <http://www.unf.edu> and click on the Distinguished Voices link.

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