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Author Mary Jo McConahay says:

“I wrote Maya Roads after thirty years of traveling in the rainforest region of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala, not only as a journalist but also because I am deeply taken by all culture Maya, ancient and modern. I don’t avoid the violence that has ripped that part of the world with revolution and civil war, describing what I have seen; but I travel too in order to find the sacred Maya sites, and to wonder at the ancient cities that speak even in ruins.”


Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
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Saturday August 20, 2011 Mary Jo McConahay will be featured at Left Coast Writers at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

Talking about Maya Roads Aug. 27, 2011 on Peter Greenberg Worldwide  Tune in!

For a complete list of author’s appearances:

Sept. 7, 2011 7:30pm The BookSmith, 1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

Taos, NM – Sept. 10, 2011

Los Alamos, NM – Sept. 13, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – Sept. 15, 2011

Santa Fe, NM – Sept. 17, 2011

Washington D.C., DC 20009 – Sept. 27, 2011

Davis, CA 95616 – Oct. 14, 2011

Sacramento, CA 95818 – Oct. 16, 2011

Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240 – Oct. date to be announced

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – Oct. 26, 2011

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ – Nov. 16, 2011

Harvard Club, Tucson, AZ – Nov. 17, 2011, 12:00 noon

Holy Trinity Church, Tucson, AZ – Nov. 17, 2011, 7:00pm

“Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that is so beautifully written and infused with so much intelligence and heart that it leaves an indelible mark on me. Mary Jo McConahay’s Maya Roads is such a book. In its hungry passion and wide-eyed wonder, it’s an extraordinary literary journey and a moving testament to a region and a life.” —Don George, National Geographic Traveler, Trip Lit blog

“A layered examination of a place and a people whose ancient culture is rapidly disappearing.” —Kirkus

“From the moment Mary Jo McConahay steps into the deep Mexican jungle, you will follow her anywhere. In this extraordinary travel memoir, McConahay journeys through beauty, history, disappearing cultures, and revolution. . . . Her courage, keen observation, and open heart make her an unparalleled guide to this gorgeous, mysterious, sacred, and sometimes terrifying corner of the planet.” —Laura Fraser, author, An Italian Affair and All Over the Map
[Coach Teresa here. So cool to see Laura praising Mary Jo’s book. I just met Laura this year when my pal/talking-tagline guru/travel writer Elisa Southard invited me the February 2011 Bay Area Travel Writers meeting. Laura was the speaker; Elisa Southard was the co-chair the Student Travel Writing Contest.  Here’s Elisa article about the event.]

“Powerful, descriptive, spiritual and lush.”  —June Carolyn Erlick, editor in chief, Re:Vista: Harvard Review of Latin America, and author, A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia’s Invisible War

I cheer for Mary Jo, her book, and her insight into ancient and modern Maya culture!



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“Thanks, Teresa, for the get-up-and-go I found for my promotion phase between the covers of your workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days. So valuable.  All the best to you!” Mary Jo McConahay, author of Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest

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