“Life of Pi” author to speak at Convocation

Adapted from MSU News:

Yann Martel, the Canadian author of “Life of Pi,” will speak at MSU’s 2013 Freshman Convocation on Sept. 5.

“Life of Pi,” which was recently adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film directed by Ang Lee, is a worldwide bestseller that has received numerous literary awards and spent 69 weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller list. The book will be featured as the 2013 “summer read” for MSU freshman.

Martel’s visit will kick off MSU’s Year of Engaged Leadership initiative, which will include events throughout the 2013-2014 school year aimed at helping students, faculty and staff become more effective leaders.

Other events will include workshops, discussions, lectures and other campus-wide programs that highlight a different characteristic of leadership each month.

Martel has written six novels and received awards including the Man Booker Prize, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction and the Journey Prize.

Along with delivering the Convocation address, Martel will lead a master class with students and sign books after his lecture. No word on whether Martel will bring a tiger or a boat with him on his visit.

Past convocation speakers include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, adventurer Aron Ralston, Steve Lopez, author of “The Soloist,” and “Three Cups of Tea” author Greg Mortenson.