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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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Variny Yim

Variny Yim is a first generation, Cambodian-American author who brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of communications, nonprofit management, coalition building, and financial education. Variny began her career as a print and broadcast journalist at USA WEEKEND, USA TODAY, and NBC. Later, she did public relations for high-profile companies such as Maxis/Electronic Arts, Starbucks Coffee Company, and 24 Hour Fitness.


Currently, she is the Regional Director of Western States for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, where she manages and oversees 20 Jump$tart state coalitions (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam). Additionally, Variny has served as a Financial Literacy Trainer for Visa Inc. and blogged for their Practical Money Skills for Life website. She also blogged for the “Money Wise Women” forum on Forbes.com. Previously, Variny was Director of the nonprofit, Washington, DC-based American Savings Education Council (ASEC), 


A graduate of Wellesley College, Variny collaborated with Jessica Blatt Press on a personal finance book entitled, The Teen Girl’s Gotta-Have-It Guide to Money (Watson-Guptill/Penguin Random House, 2008). It was selected as a “Color of Money” Book Club recommendation by The Washington Post’s personal finance columnist, Michelle Singletary. She has also been cited in numerous media outlets including: Voice of America; USA TODAY; The Washington Post; San Francisco Chronicle; The Mercury News; The Sacramento Bee; Teen Vogue; More; KGO-TV; NBC’s Momtourage.com; etc. 


Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Variny and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. The Immigrant Princess (Windy City Publishers, 2016) is her first novel.