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Yann Martel MSU freshman convocation tickets to be released to public Aug. 1

July 23, 2013

Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 to the general public for a Sept. 5 lecture by Yann Martel, author of "Life of Pi," who will address Montana State University's 2013 incoming freshman class. Tickets are free, but there may be a small handling charge, depending on where the tickets are obtained. There will be a limit of four tickets per person. Photo by Alice Kuipers, courtesy of Penguin Random House.    High-Res Available

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Organizers of Montana State University's 2013 Freshman Convocation said about 2,000 tickets will be made available to the public on Thursday, Aug. 1, for a lecture by Yann Martel, who wrote "Life of Pi," set Sept. 5 at MSU.

The tickets, which are free, will be available at 10 a.m. at all Bobcat ticket outlets including: the Bobcat Ticket Office, Rosauers, the AskUs Desk at the SUB, by calling 994-CATS or (800)325-7328 and online at  There will be a handling charge per ticket for tickets ordered over the phone, online or at Rosauers. There will be a limit of four tickets per person.

Martel, whose bestselling "Life of Pi" was made into an Academy Award-winning motion picture, will speak to MSU's incoming freshman class at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Members of MSU's freshman class have reserved seats and will not need tickets to attend the lecture.  All other students may use any of the ticket outlets to access tickets. At the time they request tickets, MSU faculty and staff may request tickets located in an area designated for MSU faculty and staff by visiting the Bobcat Ticket Office or calling 994-CATS.

Prior to his lecture, Martel will conduct a master class with MSU students. Students who are interested in attending the class are invited to apply online by Aug. 20 at: Following review by a faculty committee, students who are accepted will be notified by Aug. 26. If selected, students will be required to attend a pre-master class on Aug. 29.

"Life of Pi" is a world-wide bestseller that has received numerous literary awards, including the 2002 Man Booker Prize.  The book spent 69 weeks on the New York Times' Bestseller List and was the featured 2013 summer reading for MSU's 2,400 incoming freshmen. The book was the basis for the recent Academy Award- winning film directed by Ang Lee.

"Yann Martel is a compelling storyteller and an inspirational speaker - an excellent choice to launch our freshman students on their journey into university academic life," said MSU President Waded Cruzado.

While at MSU, Martel will also sign books and will meet with winners of the Writer’s Voice competition, which is seeking entries of short fiction, essays and poetry inspired by "Life of Pi." Entries for the contest are due Aug. 15. To learn more about the writing contest, see

The university also announced that Martel's visit will launch MSU's Year of Engaged Leadership initiative, which will include events scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year that will help students, faculty and staff become more effective leaders on campus and in their communities.

Martel's appearance is sponsored by the MSU Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. ASMSU, the MSU Leadership Institute and the MSU Alumni Foundation have provided additional sponsorship for the event. For more information, go to or email

David Singel (406) 994-4371,

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