Marty’s show features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.” It’s the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it’s all done, they realize just how much they’ve learned.
“Around the World in 90 Minutes” began as a show Marty presented in bookstores as part of his first book tour. Later, after numerous refinements, the show took on a life of its own in colleges, museums, and nature centers across the United States. In fact, Marty Essen has been APCA’s (a major college activities association) #1 booked college speaker for a total of 50 months. Additionally, “Campus Activities Magazine” named Marty as one of their “Hot Speaker” picks.
Highlights of Marty’s show include:
- Amazing animal facts
- Debunking animal myths
- Cuddly wallaroos and spiny walking sticks
- Charging elephants and howling wolves
- Deadly snakes and friendly penguins
- Bizarre creatures and endangered species
- Swimming with piranhas
- Kayaking in the rainforest
- Hiking with the Porcupine caribou migration
- Rafting with humpback whales
- Surviving a hippo attack in Zimbabwe
Marty Essen is an Amazon #1 best-selling author. His first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” won six national awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. In addition, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet” a Top-10 “Green” book.
Marty’s second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico,” was published in 2016. It soon became an Amazon #1 Best Seller in four categories. Later it won four national awards: the National Indie Excellence Award for Nature, the Readers’ Favorite Book Award for Environment, and two silver Nautilus Awards. He will be signing copies of his books after the show.
This ASUMW sponsored event will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium on the University of Montana Western Campus. Admission will be free to all that attend. For questions or more information please call (406) 683-7211.