Carl Hiaasen has won the 2011 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing from the Florida Humanities Council. The award will be presented on March 23 in Tallahassee at a special luncheon held at the Governor’s Mansion.
In selecting Hiaasen, "the judges said they were impressed not only by the breadth of Hiaasen’s work in both journalism and literature, but also by the impact it has had." Despite a distinguished pool of nominees, Carl Hiaasen emerged the committee’s choice when considering the overall quality and variety of his journalism, editorial writing, and popular fiction and, no less, its importance,” the judges wrote. The University Press of Florida, publisher of some of Hiaasen’s books, nominated him for the award.