delighted to chat with book clubs anywhere in the United States,
Canada, and Mexico via telephone or Skype. If your book club
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Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, Miraculous
Air, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary
Companion, and Sky Over El Nido
are all in-print and available in paperback editions from both
bookstores and all major on-line booksellers.
things for book groups:
Historical Fiction: The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator
Claiborne Pell's Mansion
thin is the veil between our world and the next? I have no doubt
that sometimes, if only for a whisper of a moment, it lifts enough
that we can hear, smell, glimpse, even touch those on the other
side. . . READ MORE
Or... listen to the podcast,
free on iTunes.
Top 5 of the Tussie-Mussie
A "tussie-mussie" is a bouquet of flowers and herbs (and
just the thing for a Washington DC belle to press to her nose
as she walks through the markets of 19th century Mexico City
Connects You to the 1860s?
My novel is based
on the true, strange, and heart-breaking story of, as the title
says, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. If youve
never heard of Mexicos little half-American prince, not
to worry: even many beautifully educated Mexicans have not. Mexicos
19th-century history is, to make an understatement, labyrinthically
labyrinthical. (I like to say, if youve heard of Santa
Anna and you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexicos Independence
Day, youre doing OK.) . . . READ MORE
Book Group Meeting Menu
Apart from controversy, there's
nothing better than some yummy cake and jolt of coffee to get
a book group going. For The
Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, my novel based on
the true story of 19th century Mexico, I beg you, skip those
gloppy nachos and so very twentieth-century-American-tourist
"margaritas"; they would not only put everyone to sleep,
but they would be no more appropriate than, say, hamburgers and
Pepsi for Gone with the Wind. May I suggest some café
de olla and Mrs. Yorke's raisin cakes? Recipes follow.
Who is Mrs. Yorke, and what is she
doing in a novel about Mexico? . . . READ
From the publisher, Unbridled Books.
Includes background and discussion about the book, as well as
an author interview and suggested reading list.
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Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles
through Baja California, the Other Mexico
in paperback from Milkweed Editions
prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written
one of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended
Sky Over El Nido
Winner, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
fashioned prose, alive with myriad turns of phrase as on-target
as they are idiosyncratic.Publisher's Weekly
A Traveler's Literary Companion
by C.M. Mayo: a dazzling collection of Mexican fiction and prose,
many in translation for the first time
it was like opening a door and walking into a brightly lit room
filled with all kinds of literary treasures
& A with C.M. Mayo about this book
A Note About
That's me signing a donated copy of Miraculous Air at the Cabo San Lucas
Humane Society annual fundraiser. Every year I set a side a certain
number of signed copies of my books to donate for charity auctions.
If you have a 501 (c) charity looking for donations of autographed
books, get in touch here.
be sure to provide (1) information about your charity, including
a website (2) purpose of the auction / fundraiser (3) when and
where the fundraiser will take place.