LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Mary Jo McConahay, Author of Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest Saturday, August 20, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for the launch of Mary Jo McConahay’s new book, Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. A transporting blend of history, adventure and eyewitness experience, this beautifully written book is a deep and authoritative account of the people, politics, archaeology and magic of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. “She is innocence and experience, discoverer and knowing witness. The Maya believe we are nearing an end time. I cannot imagine a better chronicler of this time and place than Mary Jo McConahay.”–PBS NewsHour Commentator Richard Rodriguez, Author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America. “From the moment she steps into the deep Mexican jungle, you will follow her anywhere.”–Laura Fraser, Author of An Italian Affair, and All Over the Map. Journalist Mary Jo McConahay covered Central America as a war correspondent and lived in Mexico and Central America for fifteen years. Her award-winning work has apeared in more than thirty magazines and periodicals and is collected in a half-dozen books, including True to Life Adventure Stories by Women and Best Travel Writing 2011. She coproduced the PBS documentary Discovering Dominga, awarded the Cine Golden Eagle and numerous other film honors, and is widely used in college classrooms.