Secrets–Sunday Sept. 9

3 – 5 pm

Everyone carries secrets, but some are more precious and dangerous than others. What if your Spanish ancestors were not Catholic at all, but Secret Jews? What if the young boy, working alongside you in the California gold fields, is not a boy at all, but a woman on the run? At what cost are secrets kept? What are consequences of secrets revealed?

Join Authors Robin Martinez Rice and Mary Volmer as they discuss how secrets – and the threat of revelation – drives their fiction and their research.

Mary Volmer, born and raised in Grass Valley, California, is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Farallon Review, Mutha Magazine, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, Historical Novel Society, Brevity, and Ploughshares.

crown-of-dustShe earned an MFA at Saint Mary’s College (CA) and a master’s degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and was the spring 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence for fiction at Saint Mary’s College (CA) where she now teaches.

photo by Maria Soto BigelowRobin Martinez Rice was born in Oakland, California many moons ago. She earned a degree in Psychology at Mills College and her Masters of Sciences degree in Counseling/ School Psychology at Cal State Hayward. After many years as an Educational Psychologist and Marriage Family Therapist she retired to follow her dream of writing.

As a child Robin lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a summer. She frequently travels back to the Southwest, the land of her own ancestors, as the magic of this place invaded her spirit. Her writing ranges from historic fantasy to modern short story. She is constantly at work on something new, and cannot keep the pencil out of her hand or the laptop from underneath her fingers.

Blue clay PotRice’s latest work, The Blue Clay Pot (due for release in August 2018) unravels the lives of the ancestral Puebloans of Northern New Mexico, when Martha Grimes is led back a thousand years by her spirit guide. You can learn about Rice’s short story collections and follow her weekly blog at

This is a free event, but reservations are suggested. Please email with your name and number in your party.