Upcoming Events


  I am available for presentations (the history of the crypto-jew and more) and book clubs. Please contact me at robin@robinmartinezrice.com for more information. … [Read More]


Story Ideas

I had a fun question during a presentation the other day. “Where do you get your story ideas?” My spontaneous answer–that my mind was so filled it never rested and ideas were raging all the time, except when I was asleep– didn’t begin to cover it. My daughter pointed out after the event that I […]

Interview with Mary Volmer

I met Mary last year when I attended “Bridging: A One Day Writing Retreat with Keynote Speaker Cherrie Moraga”, which was Mary’s brainchild. Working with Hedgebrook she put on a wonderful full day of positive writing experiences for many women.  Meeting Mary was instant friendship! She is full of energy and motivation and I love […]

Book Club: The Nix by Nathan Hill

This book is popular! I though I put it on hold in plenty of time, but I was still on the waiting list when Connie mentioned it was a very long book. So I ordered it, last minute. This has been a reading month for me, with tons of library books suddenly available and the […]

Placer Land Trust

My “to do” list has had “join Placer Land Trust” on it for over a year. I finally was able to go for one of their featured hikes today. It was just what I needed after a long week of paperwork, numbers, and things going slightly south. Placer Land Trust describes their mission as” We […]

Robin’s March Book Reviews

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. A friend recommended a different book, which wasn’t immediately available, so I checked this one out instead. It has been a while since I was so engrossed in a book. I read it in two days (and it is 270 pages). The main character (Antonio Yammara, […]

Book Club Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Yep. A non-fiction. A memoir. And for me…a test of my love for my book club. I am actually not unhappy when someone picks a book I’m pretty sure I would never have read. This pushes my limits. A good thing. But this one wasn’t available for me in my […]