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EAC’s Spring 2010 Visiting Writers Series opens with Around the World in 90 Minutes

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EAC’s Spring 2010 Visiting Writers Series opens with Around the World in 90 Minutes

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Visiting Writers Series is pleased to present a free, family-friendly presentation featuring award-winning author Marty Essen. The show is entitled Around the World in 90 Minutes and will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center—Lee Little Theater.

Essen’s show features the facts, humorous stories, and photos he gathered while traveling the world for three-and-a-half years with his wife, Deb. The couple have visited all seven continents, in search of rare and interesting wildlife, and have compiled these adventures into a book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

“Essen’s show has everything from amazing animal facts to the debunking of animal myths,” says Ken Raines, EAC English instructor and Visiting Writers Series coordinator. “The audience will see cuddly wallaroos and spiny walking sticks, charging elephants and howling wolves, deadly snakes and friendly penguins, bizarre creatures and endangered species.”

“Essen has had a number of amazing adventures,” continues Raines, “from swimming with piranhas to kayaking in the rainforest, hiking with the Porcupine caribou migration to rafting with humpback whales, and even surviving a hippo attack in Zimbabwe. Families will love this show!”

“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,” says Essen. “Around the World in 90 Minutes began as a show that I presented in bookstores as part of my 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.”

Essen’s lecture has been the number one booked college lecture in the United States for sixteen straight months, according to the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA). He has won multiple book awards for travel and essay writing, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. He was also the recipient of a first place award at the 2009 Green Book Festival in Los Angeles. In addition, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named Cool Creatures, Hot Planet a top-ten “green” book.

For more information about this event, contact Raines at (928) 428-8218.