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Site News: Welcome Mark Carlos McGinty to the Stogie Guys Team

7 Jul 2011

We’re pleased to announce a new contributor to Mark Carlos McGinty, author of the award-winning novel The Cigar Maker. “Mark M” adds unique expertise to our site, focusing on the rich history of the cigar industry and examining the intricacies of the cigar industry today.

Regular readers will recall that Mark has contributed to the site a few times already. In May, he wrote an article on the complex legal issues that will arise when the Cuban embargo finally ends. More recently, he wrote about the history of the Cuesta-Rey brand and the two revolutionaries who started it in the 1890s. (Both articles are well worth reading, if you haven’t already seen them.) As Mark’s bio notes, cigars and Cuban culture run in his family:

Mark Carlos McGinty is a descendant of Cuban cigar makers and the award-winning author of The Cigar Maker. You can read an excerpt of his book here. His work has appeared in Maybourne Magazine, Cigar City Magazine, Yahoo! Entertainment, and La Gaceta. Mark grew up in Minnesota but spent a good part of his childhood with his Cuban relatives in West Tampa eating ropa vieja and Cuban sandwiches, drinking café con leche and fresh-squeezed orange juice from his grandfather’s tree. His great-aunt rolled cigars for Arturo Fuente so, of course, his favorite cigar is the Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8.

Mark spent seven years writing The Cigar Maker, a time when he ate a lot of Cuban food and smoked way too many cigars. Most of those seven years were spent researching the history of Cuba, Tampa, and the cigar industry during the period of 1850–1910. A labor of love with dozens of family anecdotes woven into the story, The Cigar Maker was a finalist at the Indie Excellence Book Awards in 2011, won the Bronze Medal at the Independent Publisher Awards, and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s 2010 Book of the Year. Visit the book’s official website to learn more:

Mark’s first novel, Elvis and the Blue Moon Conspiracy (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2003), won an Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention for General Fiction. He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and obtained his master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Mark lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter and pays close attention to the Minnesota Twins, a subject that could one day warrant its own book.

Please welcome Mark to the site in the comments below. And as a bonus, we’ll select one commenter to win a signed copy of The Cigar Maker.

The Stogie Guys

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14 Responses to “Site News: Welcome Mark Carlos McGinty to the Stogie Guys Team”

  1. Mike Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Welcome aboard Mark! I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Kevin Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Welcome Mark! Looking forward to reading your book. I'm sure you will be an excellent addition to an already great team.

  3. dmjones1009 Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Welcome, Mike. Can't wait to see what you will add to the online cigar community conversation.

  4. JohnG Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Welcome Mark. Looking forward to your insight.

  5. @TheCoronaGorda Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Too many articles…not enough reviews! I don't come here for etiquette tips or long stories. Just keep churning out the reviews gals!

  6. Gary Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Congratulations Mark! You'll fit in perfectly. Looking forward to your posts.
    – Gary Korb ( & Famous Smoke Shop).

  7. Swede 214 Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Welcome Mark, I think that you will be an asset to this web site, looking forward to read more of you thoughts about our ''hobby''.

  8. Dennis Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Always look forward to the daily e-mail from the Stogie Guys. The more points of view and angles of a review or story, the better. Welcome to the party!!

  9. Andrew Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Welcome Mark!

  10. Manuel arcaya Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Welcome Mark !!!
    Espero que hayas pulido tu español en Tampa !!!!!
    I read an extract of the book on the site and hope to read it soon.
    Of course if I win the copy, it will be sooner (my sis has to buy it and brig it), since I live in Venezuela.
    I hope to read you reviews…

  11. Lottie Essig Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    I love Mark McGinty's book — and was lucky enough to receive an autographed copy! If you haven't read it, pick up a copy — it is awesome! I look forward to more from this author!

  12. Guy Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Welcome Mark, looking forward to some of your views on different subjects

    concerning cigars as a whole. A bientôt !!!

    Guy ,

  13. Derek Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Welcome Mark. I look forward to reading your contributions to the site.

  14. David Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Good day Mark, I was intrigued by your book excerpt.