Literary Legends Reception

Tim Dorsey – 2018 Literary Legend Recipient

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.

Tim has since published twenty novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Tiger Shrimp Tango, Shark Skin Suite, Coconut Cowboy and Clownfish Blues.

He lives in Tampa.

Past Literary Legends

2018: Tim Dorsey

2017: Steve Berry

2014: Dr. Robin Cook

2013: John Jakes

2012: Edna Buchanan

2011: Randy Wayne White, Peter Matthiessen

2010: Carl Hiaasen

2009: Michael Gannon, Michael Connelly, Harry Crews

2008: Stetson Kennedy, Jack Hunter, Patrick Smith

Posthumous Legends Awards

2016: E. L. Konigsburg

2014: John D. MacDonald

2012: Ernest Hemingway

2011: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Zora Neale Hurston