A Skinkin’ Good Read from Carl Hiaasen Monday, Sep 29 2014 

You’re gonna love Skink.

If you’re not familiar with Carl Hiaasen, the Miami Herald columnist (you remember the endangered species, the newspaper columnist) who regularly criticizes politician and polluters in south Florida, his latest book is a good place to start. It features one of Hiaasen’s familiar characters, an ex-governor of Florida turned swamp-stained environmental enforcer.  Skink, who’s been a part of several previous works of fiction, is the most memorable and colorful character you’ll ever meet in a book.


The latest from Carl Hiaasen

And, you’ve got a chance to meet the author Tuesday night. Carmichaels Bookstore is bringing Carl to Louisville for a talk at Collegiate School. You can also listen to my talk with Carmichaels co-owner Carol Besse here.

Skink No Surrender is a first for Hiaasen. After claiming a niche in mysteries for adults, he wrote some prize-winning books targeting children, and a side project on golf. The latest is meant for young adults, so you can give it to the young reader in your house when you’re finished. That’s what I did.

My advice to my three boys, when they were growing up, was to find an author you like and read multiple titles. And first Nick, then Josh, and now Luke, have been introduced to Carl Hiaasen’s works – which you could summarily describe as excellent exercises in poking fun at Floridians for making dumb decisions. The bad guys are always trying to get away with murder, or robbery, with schemes they imagine will put them on easy street.

Not to give it away, but Skink turns out the hero in the newest book, but not before some adventurous tangles with a bad guy in a swamp. And an alligator.

I hope to see you at Collegiate School Tuesday night.


Ideas Night Out: A meeting of the minds at select local restaurants Tuesday, Sep 23 2014 

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Anti-Defamation League slams UK for hosting neo-Nazi speech as university apologizes to high school visitors Friday, Sep 19 2014 

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IF University’s September classes range from bourbon and beer to classical music Monday, Sep 8 2014 

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Robotics World Championship bringing 15,000 students to Louisville in 2015 Thursday, Sep 4 2014 

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Murder the Devil, Larry Muhammad’s New Play, On Stage at Vault 1031 Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

Former Rusty Satellite Show guest Larry Muhammad has a new play being performed this week. I’m going to try to go, you should to. Here are the details:

Add to upcoming 9/11 observances this year a new Larry Muhammad play at Vault 1031 examining the prospect of homegrown terrorism and how it links to ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

murderthedevilposterfinalTitled MURDER THE DEVIL, it was a finalist for the Kentucky Theatre Association New Play Award in 2010 and Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative did a stage reading in 2011 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati.

“What inspired me to write the play was the arrest of some black guys in an FBI sting operation in 2006 for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago,” said Muhammad, whose plays have been performed at Kentucky Center and Actors Theatre. “There was this FBI agent pretending to be an Arab terrorist and offering these guys money. And I thought: What if a real terrorist tried recruiting a real Chicago streetgang into the jihad? Now that would make an interesting piece of theatre.”

The script was further developed this year at New Play Slam, a workshop of Louisville theatre artists held monthly at Vault 1031, where it premieres Sept.  4, 5, 6, 7 and 11.

Set in Chicago, MURDER THE DEVIL involves an Al Qaeda reject who slips through Homeland Security on a bloodthirsty mission, recruits a treacherous  street gang but learns too late who is hustling who. Racial animosities surface and heated disputes over killing in the name of God as the fate of a hostage hangs in the balance.

“It’s raw and edgy,” Muhammad said, “with complex characters from the wannabe terrorist and his parents trying to keep him out of trouble, to the ballsy hostage and unexpectedly patriotic black gangsters. I think audiences are going to like it.”


Sept. 4, 5, 6, 7 & 11

7:30 pm each night

Vault 1031

1031 S. Sixth Street, Louisville

$10 cash at the door

Reservations: barbara.cullen117@gmail.com

City wins $50,000 Google prize, explains winning strategy to IL Friday, Aug 29 2014 

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Opinion: I’m a JCPS teacher, and here’s why we’re homeschooling my daughter Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 

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U of L fraternity teams up with Empower Ladies Together for back to school drive Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 

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Kentucky’s slow Internet correlates to lower intelligence? Unfortunately yes, says study Saturday, Aug 23 2014 

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