An Exciting Start to the 2012 Festival Season

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Winter With the Writers’ yearly literary festival gets underway this Thursday, February 2, with two appearances by the celebrated writer Carl Hiaasen. A columnist for The Miami Herald and an award-winning novelist, Mr. Hiaasen will give a master class on the Rollins College campus at 4 p.m., in Bush Auditorium. The public is invited to listen in as Mr. Hiaasen speaks to a class of Rollins College writing students about an element of craft that matters to him.

At 7:30, also in Bush Auditorium, Carl Hiaasen will present some of his work to the audience and entertain their questions at the end of his reading. Mr. Hiaasen’s relatable comic style that combines blunder-prone schemes, quirky characters, and fast moving plot along with the high regard his fellow Floridian authors and all readers have for him will undoubtedly pack the house, so come early.

The other festival participants are poet Ilya Kaminsky, who was born in Odessa, poet and translator Mihaela Moscaliuc, who came from Romania to study Amercan Literature and stayed, best selling novelist Paula McLain, and Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist and short story writer.

Quoted in an Orlando Arts Magazine article, festival Director Carol Frost remarked on the international flavor of this year’s festival: “We are clearly a global family now. International writing reminds us of the freedom language gives us to open our hearts and speak our minds. This year we will hear five writers whose aim is the same, to give voice to the sweet and bitter secrets of family and country. I think we like to read and to listen to fiction and poetry for what the words tell us about ourselves—in the neighborhood and half a world away.”