May 18, 2009

Reading With C.M. Mayo, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, & Yvette Neisser Moreno

Yesterday, I headed into Bethesda, Md., to hear C.M. Mayo read from her latest work, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. It was a great surprise to hear some poetry by Luis Alberto Ambroggio and some of his translators, including Yvette Neisser Moreno.

Sunil Freeman of The Writer's Center handed over the introduction of C.M. Mayo to her workshop friend and board of director member, Ann McLaughlin. She did a wonderful introduction, and I am terribly amiss in remembering her name. I forgot the trusty notebook this time--shameful I know, especially for a writer. However, I did remember to take a camera and shoot some photos and video. Check out these sideways videos...Sorry I have no idea how to make them vertical.

I hope you enjoy the videos even if they are sideways! It was a great reading.

Giveaway details:

I have one signed copy of CM Mayo's The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire available for 1 lucky reader

1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. Let me know if you follow this blog and where for a second entry.

Deadline is May 30 at 11:59PM EST


Anna said...

Sounds like a great time. I have no idea how to make the videos vertical, and I'll have to watch them at home because I can't access them here.

I probably should quit while I'm ahead in terms of your giveaways, but why not. I follow you through Blogger and Google Reader. I'll add this giveaway to my sidebar.

Diary of an Eccentric

C.M. Mayo said...

Hola Serena, It was great to see you at the event, and thanks so much for your note about it on the blog. The board member who introduced me is Ann McLaughlin. She's the author of several historical novels, most recently, THE HOUSE ON Q STREET, which is based (in part-- it's not autobiography) on her own experiences as a little girl in Washington DC during World War II. (Her father had an important role in the FDR administration.) She is also a beloved, long-time teacher at the Writers Center. You can read all about her books on her website, Kind regards to you!

Serena said...

C.M. Mayo: Thanks for stopping by and helping me out with my poor memory. THE HOUSE ON Q STREET sounds like a novel that would be great to add to my War Through the Generations Reading Challenge list. I will have to check it out.

Carlene said...

Please include me in your giveaway. I have read some really great reviews about The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.

Marie said...

great videos- and sounds like a great reading. i follow you at my blog, and my email is bibliophile at bostonbibliophile dot com. :-)

Literary Feline said...

Thank you for sharing, Serena! I'm really looking forward to reading Urrea's latest book.

I'd like to enter for a chance to win a copy of C.M. Mayo's book if I may. I follow your blog through Google Reader. :-)

Bridget said...

Sounds like you had a great time, Serena! Just posted this on Win A Book; don't enter me.

S.M.D. said...

Oh, this sounds really fascinating. I just stumbled upon this and I want that book! Not much else need be said!

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Thanks for the cool giveaway!

Jake L said...

Looks like a good one. please enter me into this drawing.


Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!


Kitten22 said...

I'm already a subscriber (through Google Reader)!


Anonymous said...

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Irene Yeates said...

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Irene Yeates said...

I follow on the Google reader.

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I'm a follower via googlereader


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Liyana said...

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Teddy Rose said...

I enjoyed the readings, even sideways. LOL! I really like how the cover art of the book came about.

No need to enter me. I added it to my Giveaways Galore post.

Alyce said...

I would love to be entered! Thanks!

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I subscribe to your blog via rss feed.

Liyana said...

COunt me in please! I'm a follower through Blogger/ Google Reader. :D

Chris said...

Looks like you had a blast! I follow you via RSS, if that counts as an entry. If not, I will just enjoy following your blog for my own fun!

This looks like an amazing book, and I'm excited about it!


Jo-Jo said...

I would love to be entered for this one Serena...and I do follow your blog. The title of this book makes me think of the Mexican sunshine! I've noticed a problem accessing your blog today, but I was able to get to the comments through the google reader.
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Llehn said...


Llehn said...

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Cheryl S. said...

I'd love to read this book - please count me in!


ruth said...

This wonderful novel appeals to me greatly. The locales and the story all are to be treasured. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

Esme said...

I would love to read this book. thanks.

Jenny Girl said...

sounds like a fascinating read. It's a subject I know nothing about. Please count me in!

Kaye said...

I've read some good reviews about this one. Please enter me in the drawing. I follow through blogger and Google reader.

Have a great week!


Vera said...

Would love to read this one -

Pam said...

I'd like to be included. I follow you on blogger and google reader.

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Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to read this one.

I also follow. :)

Amber said...

This book looks really great and I woul be thrilled to win and learn a bit more about Mexico.

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Amber said...

I also follow you via Google.
Thanks for the giveaway :)

Esme said...

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Alexa said...

Enter me please!

I'm a google follower.