San Miguel Literary Sala - San Miguel Literary Sala, A.C. is a non-profit organization in Mexico

November 10, 2011 Thursday: 5:00 – 7:30

Posada San Francisco (across from the Jardin)
70 peso Donation * 50 pesos for Sala Members
Complimentary Wine Reception

Sandy Baum & C. M. Mayo

C. M. Mayo: Spiritist Manual: The First English Translation of Francisco I. Madero’s Secret Book

C.M. Mayo is a travel writer, poet, and novelist, whose most recent work is The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books), an historical novel based on a true story of mid-19th century Mexico. Named a best book of 2009 by Library Journal, the novel was widely lauded as— in the words of the Austin-American Statesman— “a swashbuckling, riotous good time, befitting the fairy-tale promise of the opening sentence.”

Nonetheless, it is based on extensive, original archival research, and she has lectured widely about it at the Library of Congress, the Center for U.S. Mexican Studies UCSD, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas Austin, and elsewhere.The Spanish translation by Mexican novelist and poet, Agustín Cadena, was published by Random House Mondadori Grijalbo as El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano in 2010. Her previous book,Miraculous Air, is a travel memoir, rich with research and original interviews, of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, from Los Cabos to Tijuana.

Mayo’s translations of Mexican contemporary literature have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic (Small Beer Press) and Best Contemporary Mexican Fiction (Dalkey Archive). Her own anthology, of 24 Mexican writers, is Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 2006). Born in El Paso, Texas, raised in California, she was educated at the University of Chicago. She has been a resident of Mexico City for over 20 years. Her website is

In 1911, the leader of Mexico’s revolution of 1910, Francisco I. Madero, published a secret book under a pen name from the Bhagavad Gita, “Bhima.” This was the Manual Espirita, or Spiritist Manual, a frankly evangelical work which, given not only the subject matter but Madero’s position as the leading presidential candidate, was enormously threatening to the Catholic Church.

Mexican historians Enrique Krauze, Yolia Tortolero, Manuel Guerra and others have written about Madero’s Spiritism and mediumship and their profound influence on his political decisions. Whatever one may think of Spiritism, Madero’s Spiritist Manual is vital to understanding not only his actions, but the Revolution of 1910 itself.

C.M. Mayo’s translation, published as an e-book by Dancing Chiva on its centennial, is the first into English.

Sandy Baum: A Tale of Two Cities and …………..?

Sandy Baum has been a professional photographer and pilot for over 40 years. He attended Washington University‘s School of Architecture in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent the last 15 years, as a project manager doing residential, retail and commercial construction in California and Arizona before moving to Mexico. Sandy has been a full time resident of San Miguel de Allende since November 2004.

Sandy’s architectural training, experience in construction, and an acute eye for detail contribute to his extraordinary photographs. He looks for everyday subjects that many people pass by and draws attention to items that might normally go unnoticed.
Sandy’s photos are hanging in cities across the U. S., Mexico and Canada, including San Miguel, Scottsdale, Austin, Sedona, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Palm Springs, Toronto, Vancouver and St. Louis.

Sandy’s Literary Sala slideshow will consist of photos from his recently released book, A Mexican Arts Series, Hammered Copper about Santa Clara del Cobre and the copper industry that drives the town. Sandy’s book is a unique collection of over 300 color photographs. The Hammered Copper book leads a tour of Santa Clara del Cobre’s indoor and outdoor tallers, and through the Copper Museum allowing us a glimpse of what lies behind the high walls and the closed doors as we walk the cobblestone streets. Pass into open courtyards, interior patios and extraordinary work places through doors that are closed to the average visitor.

A book reviewer speaking of the Hammered Copper book in a recent edition of The World of Antiques & Collectibles, said, “The book itself is almost a piece of art…including 393 color photos of beautiful hammered copper vessels, current and vintage included. Many of the items shown from the Museo Nacional de Cobre illustrate the evolution of this art through a historical perspective…After reviewing this book I find myself wondering about traveling to visit Mexico’s Michoacan state and Santa Clara del Cobre to see and meet the artists in their workshops.” This book would not have been possible without the generosity of the people of Santa Clara del Cobre.

The second town Sandy will discuss is Taxco and the silver that drives this town and the American William Spratling that started this industry in 1930. Sandy’s latest book, The William Spratling Legacy, is due out sometime this fall. If it is available for the Literary Sala night, it too will be available for purchase and signing.

Sandy is working on another photography book titled: San Miguel, A Magical Place in Mexico with the Lifestyle to Match, which he hopes will be available soon.

Of course, Sandy’s Hammered Copper book as well as his other four books on San Miguels interiors, exteriors and gardens and patios will be available for purchase at his Literary Sala slideshow at Posada San Francisco and Sandy will be happy to personally autograph them for you.