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Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Newsletter
November 2011

Hola to all on the Dancing Chiva list! A very warm welcome to all, and especially to those of you who are new on this list.

= = = THREE NEW E-BOOKS = = =

The secret book by Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution, translated for the first time into English by C.M. Mayo
>Available on Kindle now

Soon to be available on iBook, Nook and as PDF

C.M. Mayo will be presenting and discussing this book
November 10, 2011
San Miguel de Allende
Author's Sala

Can't make the event? Click here for more about this very unusual book:

Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
by C.M. Mayo
Currently available in paperback from Milkweed Editions; for that edition, click here:

Also soon to be available on iBook, Nook and as PDF

"With elegant prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written one of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended"
Library Journal

Or, Across the Lake of Oblivion
, the award-winning nonfiction novela by C.M. Mayo
About a 2004 journey to Maximilian von Habsurg's (yes) Italian castle, part of the research behind the novel based on the true story, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books) and El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano (Grijalbo Random House-Mondadori). The essay, orignally published in the Massachusetts Review, won the Washingtion Writing Prize for Personal Essay.

Also soon to be available on iBook and Nook

Also available as a double audio CD.


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C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing: The Best from the Blog
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>>View our catalog of current and forthcoming titles here:


"How to Break a Writing Block"
"The Number One Technique in Techniques of Fiction"
"The Arc of Writerly Action"
and many more... Listen in now on iTunes or Podomatic:


El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, la novela sobre la historia de la vida real por C.M. Mayo
Currently available in paperback from Gijalbo Random House-Mondadori; for that edition, click here:

"En México se han escrito novelas históricas que recrean con erudición, maestría y poesía una época, un episodio, una atmósfera y unos personajes. Pienso, desde luego, en Noticias del imperio de Fernando del Paso; también en la obra de Enrique Serna sobre Santa Anna. . .o la reciente novela de C.M. Mayo: El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, sobre el nieto de Iturbide en la corte de Maximiliano." Enrique Krauze

My Recollections of Maximilian
by Marie de la Fere, edited by C.M. Mayo
A previously unpublished English language eyewitness memoir. Forthcoming.


= = = WORKSHOPS = = =

February 20 and 21, 2012 San Miguel de Allende

Two Day Intensive " Techniques of Fiction"
C.M. Mayoto offer this workshop direct;y following the San Miguel Writers Conference. organized by the San Miguel Writers Conference.
Click here for more information and to register on-line

= = = C.M. MAYO LINKS = = =

C.M. Mayo's home page
C.M. Mayo en español

C.M. Mayo's events in Mexico City, Washington DC, and elsewhere
(workshops, book signings, conference panels, lectures)

= = = MAXIMILIANA = = =

"Maximilian ~ Carlota" A blog for researchers, both serious and armchair, of the Second Empire, the tumultuous period of Mexican history also known as the French Interevention."
Updated on (most) Tuesdays.

Maximilian von Mexiko
A webpage in English with on-line articles, bibliography, original photographs and more


= = = FOR WRITERS = = =

Visit C.M. Mayo's Resources for Writers Page
>Links to several recommended editors
> Plus "Language Overlay: A technique of Fiction"
>Link to Michelle Kerns' "30 Famous Authors Whose Works Were Rejected (Repeadetly and Sometimes Rudely) by Editors"
>Link to Tom Christensen's "How to Get a Book Published in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps"

= = = BOOK ARTS = = =

"My Marbled Papers Shop" from Nova Scotia, Canada

Eden Workshops on Bookbinding


Publisher's Weekly: "At ALA Midwinter, Librarians Ponder the Ebook Future"

New York Times:
"Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal"

Seth Godin:
"The Future of the Library"


Beltway Poetry


Sophy Burnham's new blog, "SophyWisdom"

Casa Lamm in Mexico City

Sam Quinones: tell Your True Tale

Shiela Bender's Writing It Real

The Private Library

Unbridled Books
(publisher of my novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire)

Whereabouts Press (publisher of my anthology, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion)
Travel the world from your armchair; hear whole countries speak...

La Sombra del Sabino in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico
Outstanding reading series, near Cuernavaca

Literal Magazine: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanos
Edited by Rose Mary Salum

Saima Agency
Our virtual assistant, based in Brooklyn

San Miguel Literary Sala
Reading Series in San Miguel de Allende

SOL: English Writing in Mexico
Edited by Eva Hunter, based in San Miguel de Allende

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C.M. Mayo & the team at Dancing Chiva Literary Arts, S.C.

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