For Michael Tougias (pronounced “Toe-gis”)
Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 18 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.”
“My publishers probably wish I’d stay with one topic or theme, but I choose a topic based on how passionate I am about the subject. So one year I might write about a 400 mile kayak trip I took down the Connecticut River, and the next be writing a survival story of men against the sea. My next book falls into the latter category, a story about five people on a sailboat that run into a storm. Two people are swept overboard and three are still on the sinking boat. The story follows all five individuals and their struggle for survival. The title is “Overboard!” and the book will be released by Simon and Schuster in April of 2010.”