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Welcome! I am C.M. Mayo, literary journalist and novelist, host of the podcast series Marfa Mondays (among others) and the verily ancient lit-blog with the funny name, "Madam Mayo." (No, no one calls me that.) On occasion, I also write essays, poetry, and book reviews, and translate Mexican fiction and poetry. This website is primarily a guide to my several books, but it is also a platform for my blogs, podcasts and videos. If you are 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.

BOOKS BY C.M. MAYO 
Through narrative we become more human; truth is beauty; exploration is endless.

Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
WINNER, NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR HISTORY
"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
 

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2009
The novel based on the true story
"a crucial period in Mexican history... an engaging story brimming with majestic ambition." Publisher's Weekly

Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion
FEATURED ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

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
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
WINNER, WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT WRITERS PRIZE FOR BEST PERSONAL ESSAY
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.
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
Contact
Book Clubs: Your Questions Answered
In-progress: World Waiting for a Dream

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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.