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Welcome to Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, now in our 17th year. Festival dates are October 7-15, 2016. Events are all-ages unless noted otherwise. Book sales are offered when and where appropriate. Events without ticket reservations are first-come first served. Click the phone icon to the right below, to download our new mobile app version!

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Mary Jo McConahay

Mary Jo McConahay is the author of the award-winning Maya Roads, One Woman’s Journey among the People of the Rainforest. She is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose coverage of war, politics and international justice issues has appeared on PBS and in Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone and dozens of other publications.  She has been honored as the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, a distinction considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize in the genre, and is currently completing a book about World War II in Latin America, scheduled for publication in 2018 by St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan). Her short memoirRicochetTwo Women War Reporters and a Friendship under Fire is now available in paper, as an e-book, and from Audible.com. Recognition for Maya Roads includes the Northern California Book Award for Best Creative Nonfiction; National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month; Society of American Travel Writers Grand Award; Independent Publisher’s Award for Best Travel Essay Book, Los Angeles BookNews International Book Awards for Best New Nonfiction Book, Best Travel Essay Book, and Best Memoir/Autobiography.