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If you are interested in booking one of the following presentations for your library or non-profit, contact Michael Tougias at




Derek’s Gift: A True Story of Love, Courage and Lessons Learned (inspirational)


The Cringe Chronicles: Mortifying Misadventures with My Dad (co-authored with my daughter, a humorous look at parent/teenager relationships)


Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy


A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and Incredible Rescue (A 2007 rescue where even the rescue swimmer needs to be rescued! )


Overboard! (A true survival at sea story of a sailboat crew on their way from Connecticut to Bermuda in 2005)


The Finest Hours: The Coast Guards Most Daring Rescue (True Story off Cape Cod)


Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Story of Disaster and Survival at Sea (True story of a Massachusetts man’s epic fight for survival)


Survival Lessons: Decision-making and Peak Performance Under Pressure


Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do  (Heroism and tragedy during the Blizzard of 1978.)


Quabbin Reservoir: A History and Explorers Guide (History of lost towns, construction of reservoir, wildlife and more)


There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse!  (Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe) Based on the award-winning book by the same title, this presentation combines outdoor humor with learning about nature and wildlife (the hard way!).


400 Miles Down the Connecticut River (a journey from the source to the sea, with many surprises)


King Philip’s Indian War (Using slides and maps, follow a historic journey of this war between the Colonists and Native Americans.)


The Hidden Charles (a Charles River chronicle)


Inns and Adventures of NH, VT and the Berkshires (A History and Explorer's Guide for both armchair and intrepid adventurers)


Indian Wars of New England


Quiet Places of Massachusetts


The Blizzard of '78 (stories from inside the storm of the century)