Michael Tougias


From Inspiration to Publication – In all of Michael Tougias’ programs, through engaging, informative, and interactive storytelling, students learn how to take the seed of an idea, through the research and writing process, to final publication. Michael Tougias is an interactive storyteller and award-winning author and co-author of 23 non-fiction books including:

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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue

FinestHoursOn February 18, 1952, a vicious Nor’easter wrecked two gigantic oil tankers less then 20 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. To save the crewmen, the Coast Guard braved towering waves that reached 70 feet, blinding snow, and one of the most dangerous shoals in the world. This daring rescue is the subject of Tougias’ award-winning book, soon to be a movie from Disney Pictures starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck (January 29, 2016) . With dramatic photography, Tougias transports students into the heart of the storm, confronting them with the challenges the young heroes of the Coast Guard faced. It’s a tale about social responsibility and grace under pressure. In addition to touching on the history of the period and the science of the storm, Tougias discusses writing the book, working with a co-author and making the film, and gives tips for students to make their own writing come alive. This program is modified depending on age group and is appropriate for grades 3-12.

Film Trailer: The Finest Hours

Derek’s Gift: A True Story of Love and Courage

When Derek Sheckman, a high school senior from Swampscott, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer he began keeping a journal of his experiences and insights. Michael Tougias and health teacher Buck Harris have co-authored a book that includes Derek’s journal, the lessons we can all learn from it, and the amazing journey of the five key people in Derek’s life. In this presentation for high school students, Tougias uses powerful images to tell  Derek’s story, which DereksGiftCovershows the true meaning of love and courage.

For All Michael Tougias programs:

Target Grades: 3-12
Duration:45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: 300

Double: $941 Triple: $1,235
Travel Fee: based upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

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Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author and co-author of 24 books. His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying yarn.” He also co-authored the bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue. The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind”. Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure. On a lighter note, Tougias chronicled his misadventures at his remote cabin in Vermont in his award-winning book There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be. This book won the Independent Publishers Association Award for the “The Best Nature Book of the Year.”  Michael brings books to autograph and sell to his presentations


Derek’s Gift For Teachers (site)
Michael’s Blog
Michael’s Books

Film Trailer: The Finest Hours
Derek Sheckman’s Journal



May, 2017 only.

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