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Joe Yogerst

Shannon Yogerst


Joe Yogerst is the author of "Nemesis: A Novel of Old California" - a murder-mystery set in 1880's San Diego when it was a Wild West boom town on par with Dodge, Deadwood or Tombstone.

"100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas" - his 33rd book project for National Geographic - was published in February 2019. Meanwhile, Joe is busy writing and hosting (on camera) a National Geographic video series on American state parks that will debut this fall [2019].

Joe has worked as a writer, editor and photographer on four continents, includings stints in South Africa, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and his native California. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribine (Paris), Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, BBC Travel and many other publications.

Two of his travel books - “Land of Nine Dragons” (about a journey across Vietnam) and "Long Road South” (about his four-month road trip along the Pan American Highway between Texas and Argentina) - won Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. His 2017 National Geographic book – “50 States, 5,000 Ideas” – soared to No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the U.S. on Amazon Travel Books.

Yogerst also spent four years in Hollywood, writing murder-mystery scripts for MTM Enterprises and Stephen J. Cannell Productions on shows like the long-running Silk Stalkings.

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Scheduled events:
Scribes of the Small Screen
With credits ranging from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Silk Stalkings" to "Famous In Love," three screenwriters share their perspectives on (and tales of) writing for television.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rebecca Serle, Ed Weinberger, Joe Yogerst
Moderator: Victoria Lucas
Any Time is Crime Time
Donis Casey, Rosemary Simpson and Joe Yogerst used various points in history to enrich their stories and prove that criminal behavior has been with us a long, long time.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Donis Casey, Rosemary Simpson, Joe Yogerst
Moderator: Michele Feeney

Nemesis: A Novel of Old California
Mystery / Thrillers
Blank Slate Press
October 2018
ISBN 9781943075508
396 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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A Dexter meets Deadwood mystery set in the biggest, baddest boomtown of the 1880: San Diego, California. More/less

50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
National Geographic
ISBN 9781426216909
288 pages
$24.95, INSTORE
Buy now

The best travel experiences in every state and province, from the obvious to the unexpected. More/less

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Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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University of Arizona BookStores
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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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