Student & Community Performaces 2021-2022

Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:00 PM

Carl Hiaasen has been called "America's finest satirical novelist" by The London Observer. He's known for his irreverent humor and the colorful characters that fill his bestselling adult novels and award-winning books for young readers. His lectures offer audiences wickedly funny and fiercely pointed tales about his writing and his home state of Florida, as well as incisive commentary on environmental issues, modern culture, and corruption. To date, Carl Hiaasen has published 13 novels for adults, among them nine national bestsellers - Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island, and Bad Monkey. His latest novel, Razor Girl, was published in September 2016.

Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Other books by Whitehead include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Erik Larson
Erik Larson
Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Erik Larson is the author of eight books, six of which became New York Times bestsellers. His latest books, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, both hit no. 1 on the list soon after launch. His saga of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, The Devil in the White City, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won an Edgar Award for fact-crime writing; it lingered on various Times bestseller lists for the better part of a decade. Hulu plans to adapt the book for a limited TV series, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese as executive producers. Erik's In the Garden of Beasts, about how America's first ambassador to Nazi Germany and his daughter experienced the rising terror of Hitler's rule, has been optioned by Tom Hanks for development as a feature film.