Photo of author Matthew Félix. Matthew Félix is author of the novel "A Voice Beyond Reason", the story of a young Spaniard’s spiritual awakening to his intuition. "I was reminded of Coelho's Alchemist" - Shaun Green (Amazon) Matthew's best-selling collection of Moroccan travel short stories, "With Open Arms", was described by one reviewer as “sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying, but always entertaining,” and compared to the work of Bill Bryson. Adventure, spirituality, and humor infuse Matthew's work.

The Short of It

Matthew Félix’s work extends a subtle invitation to delve deeper, whether by awakening us to our inner voices, taking us places we might not go otherwise, or reminding us of our shared experience through laughter. On his weekly video podcast, Matthew also provides others a platform to share stories that matter.

The Longer of It

Matthew Félix is an author, podcast producer and host, and traveler. He has lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years.

Adventure, humor, and spirituality infuse Matthew’s work, which often draws on his time living in Spain, France, and Turkey, as well as travels in over fifty countries.

Matthew’s debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, is the story of a young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition. The 2019 BookLife Prize called A Voice Beyond Reason, “(a) highly crafted gem.” An excerpt deemed particularly evocative of a sense of place was selected for the Creative Process Exhibition, traveling to forty leading universities around the world.

Matthew's travel-story collection, With Open Arms, recounts his humorous and harrowing experiences on two trips to Morocco. The collection has topped the Amazon Africa category, as well as the Morocco one three times. Stories from both With Open Arms and Matthew’s new collection received Gold honors in their respective categories of the 2018 Solas Awards.

The latter, entitled Porcelain Travels, recounts Matthew’s experiences in and around bathrooms encountered on his travels. Publishers Weekly noted that “Felix returns with an offbeat…funny collection." Porcelain Travels won Gold for Humor in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards and was a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist. A number one bestseller in Amazon’s Travel Humor and Literary Travel categories, the collection received further recognition in the 2019 Solas Awards, where its stories received Gold, Silver, and Bronze honors. Matthew was also awarded the $750 Silver Grand Prize for his story “The Citroën & the Pomegranate.”

Matthew’s weekly video podcast, Matthew Félix On Air, features “people who create and people who make a difference.” Matthew has also appeared as a guest on CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg’s Eye on Travel radio show, iHeart Radio’s The Travel Guys, the Ethical Traveler podcast, and others. Matthew has been a speaker and panelist for groups such as Litquake, Left Coast Writers, Book Passage, Bay Area Travel Writers, WordSpaceStudios, LitWings, Spoken Word Paris, and more. Matthew recently performed a one-man show based on his book, Porcelain Travels, as part of San Francisco’s Marsh’s theater’s Monday Night Marsh (see clip below).


Porcelain Travels preview on the Matthew Félix on Air video podcast.

Writer Matthew Félix gives a synopsis of his novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, which the 2019 BookLife Award called “a highly crafted gem.”

When not working on writing projects or on the road, Matthew is likely to be found exploring the streets of San Francisco or hiking the trails of Northern California.