Award-winning author Marty Essen will present his multimedia show, “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Penn State Shenango auditorium on Shenango Avenue.
An abbreviated version of this free show, “Around the World in 50 Minutes,” will take place at noon in the campus’ Sharon Hall Room 105.
Essen’s show features interesting facts, humorous stories and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.”
“Around the World in 90 Minutes” began as a show Essen 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.
Essen has been APCA’s (a college activities association) No. 1-booked college speaker for 39 out of the past 46 months. Additionally, Campus Activities Magazine named him one of their “Hot Speaker” picks for 2011.
Essen has won multiple book awards for travel/ essay writing, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune named “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet” a top-10 “Green” book.