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July 15, 2014 Palacio Nacional, Mexico City 
5 pm

(in Spanish) Presentation and discussion of the novel El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano (the translation by Agustín Cadena of C.M. Mayo's The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire)
5 pm. Free and open to the public.
Salón de homenajes del Recinto a Juárez de Palacio Nacional.
This event is part of the conference on the historical novel.

>Read C.M. Mayo's comments about this magnificent and meticulously researched book, from its presentation at Chapultepec Castle, February 12, 2013.]









December 15, 2012
Now a
free ebook
My Recollections of Maximilian

By "Marie de la Fère." A rare English language handwritten manuscript, circa 1910, from the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. By permission of the Bancroft Library. Click on the cover to download it now (Tip: if you're using an iPad, click on "open in iBooks.")

January 2012

The Spanish edition translated by Agustín Cadena is now available on
Kindle from Dancing Chiva.

"Partiendo de una concienzuda y afortunada búsqueda en archivos públicos y privados, Mayo logró reunir un caudal de información notable de la que hace uso con bastante desenvoltura....No me queda sino celebrar esta novela, que, comenzando lentamente, termina subyugando por su notable narración."
Pablo Soler Frost, LETRAS LIBRES

Also now available on Kindle from Dancing Chiva is the award-winning long essay about a visit to Maximilian's castle in Italy, "From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion" by C.M. Mayo, originally published in the Massachusetts Review.

May 2011

The Spanish translation of the novel will be presented in Mexico's National Palacio, in the Biblioteca Oriz Mena, Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm with Dr Javier Garciadiego, Carlos González Manterola, Eduardo Turrent, and novelist Carlos Pascual.

February 18, 2011 Querétaro, México
18:00 hras
Presentación de libro,
El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano
Galería DRT
5 de Mayo No. 80, esquina Altamirano, Centro Histórico

January 27, 2011

"PEN Writers Aloud: C.M. Mayo and The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire" C.M. Mayo reads from and discusses her novel based on the true story. Recorded January 19,
2011 in the Biblioteca, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

November 15, 2010
New interviews: by Mary J. Lohnes on "The Politics of Love"; by Margaret Donsbach for Historicalnovels.info, and more.

October 15, 2010
Guest-blog post for Hist Fic Chick blog, "Haunted Historical Fiction: The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator Claiborne Pell's Mansion on Prospect Street".

See also updates on
Book Clubs Page."

>>Now a podcast as well.

September 15, 2010
Interview at Latina Book Club Maria Ferrer's NYC-based blog, embracing Hispanic heritage. September 15, 2010.

September 14, 2010
Blog post at Maximilian ~ Carlota blog about September 15 of 1865.

September 2010
The Spanish translation by Mexican novelist and poet Agustin Cadena, El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, will be published by Grijalbo (Random House Mondadori) in Mexico.

August 6, 2010
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire and 2010, an article for Atención in San Miguel de Allende, now on-line (written apropos of a reading for PEN in February).


July 7, 2010
Announcing Maximilian ~ Carlota, my new blog on the Second Empire / French Intervention: a resources blog for researchers, both serious and armchair. Updated on Tuesdays. A veces en español. Comments welcome.

June 21, 2010
Updates on Spanish website and news about the translation, El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano.

A note about
José Luis Blasio, author of the memoir Maximiliano íntimo, added to bibliography links and the Maximilian page.

May 14. 2010
Now podcasting at podomatic.com
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May 5, 2010
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire now available in paperback!

May 4, 2010
El Calendario de Todos Santos interview with me by Michael Mercer posted. About writing The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, Miraculous Air, and more.

April 29, 2010
Apropos of the upcoming May 5th publication date for the new paperback edition of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire: a guestblog post for beatrice.com: What connects you to the 1860s?"

April 7, 2010
New events on the book tour. Updates on the Maximilian page.

January 25, 2010
New interview with Bethanne Patrick, The Book Studio, about the Washington DC story behind the story of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.

January 25, 2010
New on the book tour schedule:

March 19, 2010 Charlottesville VA
Virginia Festival of the Book

True Stories of Fact & Fiction:
2 pm
A panel with C.M. Mayo (The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire): Lenore Hart (Nevermore); A. Roger Ekirch (Birthright); modertaor: Larry Baker. Central JMRL Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville VA. Full details about this event here.

January 1, 2010
The audio CD of C.M. Mayo's award-winning essay, "From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion" -- about a journey to Maximilian's castle in Trieste, is now available for purchase at CDbaby.com

November 19, 2009
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire selected as one of Library Journal's Best Books 2009.
"Once upon a time, there was a little half-American boy who briefly became heir to the Mexican throne—until his distraught parents sued the doomed Emperor Maximilian for his return. As in the best historical fiction, Mayo's sparkling first novel transforms a forgotten historical footnote into a spellbinding, heartbreaking tale filled with drama and fascinating characters."— Library Journal

New review:

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire packs a wallop. It is a fascinating historical account delivered in such sweeping, compelling prose as to ring more like literature than fact—and, fundamentally, one could say that it’s both; it proves false that old Dorothy Parker adage about historical novels being neither novels nor history. This is an extensively researched and brilliantly organized book, combining geopolitics, international finance, military strategy, and, alas, the eternal struggle of a family, a child, and the human heart in the midst of it all... Mayo, who has lived in Mexico for many years and has written extensively about its history and culture, is the author of a travel memoir about Baja California, among other works. Her literary style is seasoned, intelligent, and wonderfully informed.
Himilce Novas, Multicultural Review



November 13, 2009
C.M. Mayo and The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire will participate in the Virginia Festival of the Book in March 2010.

November 10, 2009

reviews for The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.

November 6, 2009
New events and reviews; the Reader's Guide now with photos and links.

October 11, 2009
Critical Mass: National Book Critics Circle
Small Press Spotlight: An Interview with C.M. Mayo by Rigoberto Gonzalez

October 9, 2009
Note new time for
October 18th event at the Historical Society of Washington DC: 2:30 pm.

September 8, 2009
New interviews, including BookCast.
Several new
events this fall, including Fall for the Book Festival in Virginia, the Historical Society of Washington DC, the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, and the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara.

August 31, 2009
New review by Rigoberto Gonzalez of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire in
The El Paso Times.

The complete Library of Congress lecture is now on-line here.

August 27, 2009
Fall for the Book Festival (George Mason University): David Heath interviews C.M. Mayo about The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire and the story behind the story of Mexico's half-American prince. September 2009. Read this and more interviews here.

August 7, 2009

Playlist posted (originally published in largehearted boy blog): music to accompany the novel.

C.M. Mayo to present the novel at La Sombra del Sabino in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, September 6th. For details, visit please the events page.

July 3, 2009
Write On! Online Debra Eckerling interviews C.M. Mayo about The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire and the writing process.

Re: book presentation at the Mexican Consulate in Houston:
Read Rose Mary Salum's blog post about the event
And mine (at Madam Mayo blog)

June 30, 2009
Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
selected as Indie Bound Notable Book for June 2009.

Updates on the Rosedale photos page.

New reviews: Mexico Connect; Library Journal.

June 8, 2009
Read C.M. Mayo's guest-blog post for bookreporter.com "A Book Group Meeting Menu"

"...a swashbuckling, riotous good time, befitting the fairy-tale promise of the opening sentence..." Read the rest of review in the Austin American-Statesman

Click on the butterfly to view the trailer by Julia Sussner.

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
will be published by Unbridled Books on
May 5, 2009.
Now available! Click here to buy your copy.

Coast-to-coast book tour with stops at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC; the Writers Center (Bethesda MD); Books, Inc (Palo Alto CA),Mrs Dalloway's (Berkeley CA); Book Passages (Corte Madera CA); Vroman's (Pasadena CA); Book Works (Del Mar CA); The Twig (San Antonio TX); Book People (Austin TX); Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston TX) and many more.
>>Click here for the current schedule.

An excerpt from the first chapter, "Darling of Rosedale," appears in the fall issue of Potomac Review.