The Beginning of His

Excellent and Eventful Career

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MadHat Press

The Novel

"...original, poignant, brutal and beautiful..." — Kirkus Reviews

The Author

Cameron MacKenzie was born in Virginia and has worked as a dry cleaner, doorman, house painter, farm hand, contractor, editor and teacher, residing in Santa Barbara, London, Tokyo, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and now Virginia once again, where he lives with his wife and children.

Reviews

“... a fictional tapestry that reads as a novel should, without tripping, and as fast as Pancho Villa’s galloping horse.”

Pablo Medina, author of 
Cubop City Blues

The Beginning of His Excellent and Eventful Career is a fully realized novel about the Mexican revolution and Francisco "Pancho" Villa, the man who began it all. Cameron MacKenzie's knowledge of Mexican history is extraordinary. So is his ability to weave that history into a fictional tapestry that reads as a novel should, without tripping, and as fast as Pancho Villa's galloping horse. This is a remarkable debut by a remarkable writer.

 

Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues

Deschutes Lit:

 

A monthly gathering of the best writers in the Roanoke Valley at Deschutes Tasting Room in Roanoke, VA

 

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2/20/20: 

Jeanne Larsen, Adriana Rewald, Evan Massey

9/26/20

Annie Woodard, Ashley Rhame, Catherine Bakus, Eryka Joyner

 

11/22/19:

Cathryn Hankla, Sydney Tammerlane, Bryan Hancock

 

10/17/19:

Evan Lavender-Smith, Keith Ferrell, Betsy Singleton Kalderhouse

 

9/19/19:

Clifford Garstang, Laura Garrison, Johnny Camacho

 

5/2/19:

Matthew Vollmer, Cynthia Atkins

 

4/4/19:

Ed Falco, Grant Kittrell, Bailey Mann

 

2/26/19:

Mary Crockett Hill, Angie Smibert, Dan Kennedy, Leslie Jernegan

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