|I am C.M. Mayo, literary journalist and novelist,
books on Mexico,
host of the podcast series Conversations with Other Writers and Marfa Mondays, and the long-time lit-blog, "Madam
On occasion, I write poetry and translate Mexican fiction and
Through my works, I bring readers avid to learn more about Mexico and the world to richer levels of understanding and an awakened sense of wonder and curiosity.
This website is primarily a guide to my books, but it is also a platform for my blogs, podcasts and videos, and a portal for communication with you, dear reader. If you're a writer yourself, may my workshop page help you along your path. If it's anything like mine or most writers' it's wiggly and wacky, but I wouldn't take any other.
Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his
Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
In a blend of personal essay and a rendition of deeply researched metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel, award-winning writer and noted literary translator C.M. Mayo provides a rich introduction and the first English translation of Spiritist Manual, the secret book by Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President of Mexico, 1911-1913
Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
The novel based on the true story
"a crucial period in Mexican history... an engaging story brimming with majestic ambition." Publisher's Weekly
A Library Journal Best Book 2009
A Traveler's Literary Companion
Edited by C.M. Mayo: a portrait of Mexico in a dazzling collection of fiction and prose by 24 Mexican writers, many translated for the first time.
"It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure and render our perennial vecinos a little less distante."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
Now available in paperback from Milkweed Editions and in Kindle
"One of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended"
Over El Nido
Winner, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
"A remarkable literary debut... tautly fashioned prose, alive with myriad turns of phrase as on-target as they are idiosyncratic."
Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
|From Mexico to Miramar or,
Across the Lake of Oblivion
A nonfiction novela about a fairytale: a visit to the Emperor of Mexico's Castle in Italy
Originally published in a slightly different version in Massachusetts Review.
Winner, Washington Independent Writers Prize for Best Personal Essay
EBOOK: Kindle ; iBook ; Gumroad
|My Recollections of Maximilian
by Marie de la Fere
Introduced by C.M. Mayo
An eyewitness memoir of Mexico's brief, sparkling but doomed Second Empire under Maximilian von Habsburg: A handwritten manuscript circa 1910, from the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. EBOOK: PDF (free)
for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs
Based on award-winning writer and avid podcaster C.M. Mayo's one day workshop at the Writer's Center, this ebook provides an introduction and overview of podcasting for writers, from basic concepts to nuts-and-bolts tips.
EBOOK: Kindle; iBook