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Through narrative we become more human; truth is beauty; exploration is endless.
I am C.M. Mayo, literary journalist and novelist, author of several books on Mexico, host of the podcast series Conversations with Other Writers and Marfa Mondays, and the long-standing lit-blog, "Madam Mayo." On occasion, I also write poetry and translate Mexican fiction and poetry. 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.

Metaphysical 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 
The 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
Mexico: 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
Miraculous Air:
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"
Library Journal
Sky 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)
Podcasting 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
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Apropos of a book-in-progress,
World Waiting for a Dream:
A Turn in Far West Texas
Listen in anytime.
13: Looking at Mexico In New Ways: An Interview with John Tutino
12: Dallas Baxter: This Precious Place
11: Cowboy Songs by Cowboys
10: A Visit to Swan House
9: Mary Baxter, Painting the Big Bend
8: A Spell in Chinati Hot Springs
7: We Have Seen the Lights
6: Marfa's Moonlight Gemstones
5: Cynthia McAlister with the Buzz on the Bees
4: Avram Dumitrescu, an Artist in Alpine
3: Mary Bones on the Lost Art Colony
2: Charles Angell in the Big Bend
1: Introduction and Welcome
Twitter: @marfamondays
MORE ABOUT FAR WEST TEXAS:
A Visit to Swan House
Presidio Texas' unique adobe teaching house inspired by the legacy of the great Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy
From Cenizo Journal.


.JUST PUBLISHED

Metaphysical Odyssey
into the
Mexican Revolution
Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book,
Spiritist Manual
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In a blend of biography, 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... READ MORE
Available in Kindle and in paperback from amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Ingram & more
"In my fifteen years of researching the life of President Francisco I. Madero, I have never read a more complete book as the one just written by C.M. Mayo. It will simply surprise any reader. The research is impeccable and the narrative well-rounded."
Manuel Guerra de Luna, author of Los Madero: La Saga Liberal
INTERVIEW: University of Chicago's Division of the Social Sciences on-line newsletter: "Alumna Explores Secret Book by Leader of the Mexican Revolution" By Greg Borzo
INTERVIEW: Lisa Carter's Intralingo blog puts the spotlight on C.M. Mayo
On getting started in literary translation, translating Mexican writers Agustín Cadena and Mónica Lavín, and tackling the translation of Francisco I. Madero's secret book of 1911.
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Apropos of a book-in-progress,
World Waiting for a Dream:
A Turn in Far West Texas
Listen in anytime.
13: Looking at Mexico In New Ways: An Interview with John Tutino
12: Dallas Baxter: This Precious Place
11: Cowboy Songs by Cowboys
10: A Visit to Swan House
9: Mary Baxter, Painting the Big Bend
8: A Spell in Chinati Hot Springs
7: We Have Seen the Lights
6: Marfa's Moonlight Gemstones
5: Cynthia McAlister with the Buzz on the Bees
4: Avram Dumitrescu, an Artist in Alpine
3: Mary Bones on the Lost Art Colony
2: Charles Angell in the Big Bend
1: Introduction and Welcome
Twitter: @marfamondays
MORE ABOUT FAR WEST TEXAS:
A Visit to Swan House
Presidio Texas' unique adobe teaching house inspired by the legacy of the great Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy
From Cenizo Journal.


YE OLDE MAIN BLOG:
Madam Mayo
Cyberflanerie, books, rare books, Mexico, literary translation, pugs & etc.
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WHAT'S NEW? Metaphysical 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... READ MORE.

THE NOVEL: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Kindle, paperback, hardcover and in Spanish
The novel based on the strange but true story of the half-American grandson of Agustín de Iturbide in the Court of Maximilian. A Library Journal Best Book 2009
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TRAVEL MEMOIR: Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
Now on Kindle! "Rich with its own evocative descriptions of the peninsula's raw beauty... Her journey of 1,000 miles is a trip worth taking." San Diego Union-Tribune
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TRANSLATIONS: Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion
Hear a country speak! 24 Mexican writers on Mexico, edited by C.M. Mayo. Many translated into English for the first time.
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BOOK REVIEW: Sarah Cortez and Sergio Troncoso's OUR LOST BORDER: ESSAYS ON LIFE AMID THE NARCO-VIOLENCE
Lurid television, newspaper stories, and cliché-ridden movies about Mexico abound in English; rare is any writing that plumbs to meaningful depths or attempts to explore its complexities. READ MORE
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Recommended reading on Mexico
A list for those discovering Mexico for the first time, and for those who know it muy bien.
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Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs
Kindle and iBook.
Ever wondered how this works? Get the 10 easy peasy steps to start podcasting now! Based on C.M. Mayo's one day workshop for the Writer's Center.
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INTERVIEW: University of Chicago's Division of the Social Sciences on-line newsletter: "Alumna Explores Secret Book by Leader of the Mexican Revolution" By Greg Borzo
INTERVIEW: Lisa Carter's Intralingo blog puts the spotlight on C.M. Mayo
On getting started in literary translation, translating Mexican writers Agustín Cadena and Mónica Lavín, and tackling the translation of Francisco I. Madero's secret book of 1911.
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