Author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution, etc.

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Dear Subscribers,

A warm welcome to all. News with the writing assistants is that pug Uli now has his own assistant, (or maybe it's the other way around): Washi. Here she is modeling her winter sweater. We're in high-altitude Mexico City and although it starts warming up around this time of year, we still cope with some chilly mornings.

In this newsletter: upcoming events in Mexico City and Bethesda MD (just outside Washington DC); mega-updates on the Resources for Writers Page, including an all-new index for the ever-popular Giant Golden Buddha & 364 More 5 Minute Exercises; new podcasts; and the best from ye olde blog, "Madam Mayo."
February 25, 2015, Mexico City
7 PM
Book Presentation
Centro de Estudios de la Historia de México CARSO

(in Spanish)
Presentation of the Spanish edition translated by Agustín Cadena, Odisea metafísica hacia la Revolución Mexicana, Francisco I. Madero y su libro secreto, Manual espírita por C.M. Mayo. Con Rose Mary Salum, Literal Publishing; Luis Cerda; Dr Javier Garcíadiego; Manuel Guerra de Luna; y Dra Yolia Tortolero Cervantes. Vino de honor. Cupo limitado. Favor de reservar.

Where to find this book? Most major bookstores in Mexico City, should have copies, and you can also find the Dancing Chiva editions on amazon and Kindle. The English original Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution, is available from all major booksellers (amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc) and is distributed by Ingram. All ordering options on the book's website here.
April 18, 2015 Bethesda MD
The Writer's Center
Writing Workshop in Literary Travel Writing
(Saturday, one day only)
10 am - 1 pm
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers the techniques from fiction and poetry that you can apply to this specialized form of creative nonfiction for deliciously vivid effects.
More information and to register on-line
Questions about this workshop? Email me here.
Mega-updates on the Resources for Writers page and in particular, the free on-line ebook, Giant Golden Buddha & 364 More 5 Minute Writing Exercises, originally posted back in 2006, has an all-new index by theme:

Beginnings Character Descriptions Dialogue Language
Structure Prompts

Help yourself!
C.M. Mayo at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD: Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
Recorded on January 29, 2015 in La Jolla, CA, at the University of California San Diego Center for US-Mexican Studies: C.M. Mayo discusses her new book, Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. (Approx 1 hr 11 minutes)
C.M. Mayo at PEN San Miguel: The President of Mexico's Secret Book
On January 13, 2015, as the first speaker of the 2015 San Miguel PEN reading series in Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, C.M. Mayo reads from and discusses her new book, Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. (Approx 58 minutes)

More podcasts about / relevant to this book
Visit the book's webpage for excerpts, reviews, interviews, a cornucopia of resources for researchers, and ordering information.
"C.M. Mayo offers another dazzling work in her own fluid, poetic and highly visual prose... By the time I finished I wished for a Don Francisco Madero to guide us today, a politican who is also a mystic and intellect.
Sophy Burnham, author of A Book of Angels

"Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution paints a complex picture of a curious crossroads in history, where the rise and fall of a regime coincided with a spiritual and social awakening with the potential to rewrite a country's future. Kudos to Mayo for introducing us to both the man and his message."
San Francisco Book Review

"Mayo... provides not only an English translation of Madero's Spiritist Manual, but also a lively intoduction... The author argues effectively that Madero's manual is essential to understanding his revolutionary zeal."
Kirkus Reviews

The "Marfa Mondays" podcasting project continues, with 6 of a projected 24 posted to date. Stay tuned for more very soon...

The latest podcast, an interview with artist /photographer Paul Chaplo about his magnificent book, Marfa Flights, was announced in my previous newsletter. This month there is no podcast because I've been working on the book itself. The working title is World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas.

The latest

Restituto Rodríguez and an Excerpt from The Museum on the Parque Juárez

Austin, Ho! Publishing University

An Interview with Mexican Historian Alan Rojas Orzechowski about Santiago Rebull, Court Painter to Maximilian and Teacher of Diego Rivera, "One of the Most Creative Minds of the Academic Movement"

A Batch of US-Mexico Border Mini Travel Clips
Including Casa Piedra Rd, Burro Mesa and Apache Canyon in the Big Bend National Park, Pecos River Crossing, and Descent into Eagle Cayon, Langrty, Texas, and more.

For MEXICOPHILES: Updates on Recommended Books on Mexico.

All good wishes to you,


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