Posted by on Apr 25, 2006 in Uncategorised | 5 Comments

What’s better than galleys?

Getting your complimentary copies!

Through the post this morning came the gorgeously jacketed ‘Mexico, A Love Story’. It’s a Seal Press book from Avalon Publishing Group, edited by Camille Cusanamo, with whom I’ve worked several times now and whose selection and editorial skills I’ve come to respect and admire. You can see more of their list at

The essay I have in this anthology is called Coyote Hotel – my time in Mexico was wonderful and bewildering and I hope I’ve managed to capture some of my culture shock in the story I tell. This is also one of the times I get to try and make staple food crops sexy! When I started writing fiction, I had the idea that I could get environmental messages into my work: it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like but this time, with the story of Cocoyoc (Coyote) and the teosinte (which is a forerunner of cultivated maize) I think I’ve pulled it off.

Publication is a writer’s life-blood. Days when a book arrives make up for all the months when nothing happens.


  1. B.A. Goodjohn
    25th April 2006

    That is a gorgeous cover! And you’re right – when a book arrived, all those rejection slips fade away.

    You’re going to have to get a longer shelf…

  2. P. A. Moed
    25th April 2006

    Congratulations, Kay! The anthology looks like it has wonderful insights into the Mexican culture and society.

  3. Richard
    25th April 2006

    This looks like fun. When and where in Mexico did you live?

  4. Kay Sexton
    25th April 2006

    Thank you both. I led workshops at the Hotel Hacienda Cocoyoc near
    Morelos, about an hour’s drive from Mexico City. It was a sugar plantation before it became a hotel and one of its loveliest features was a row of painted carnival horses up the staircase in the private house.

  5. katrina
    27th April 2006

    Gorgeous cover! Congrats!


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