Literary Events

Mary Volmer

When: Sun., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. 2011

In Mary Volmer's debut historical novel Crown of Dust, the Gold Rush is luring pioneers from all over the world to California boomtowns. In one of these, a girl disguises herself as a boy in order to escape a troubled past. In this guise, she finds love and friendship -- but risks losing her happiness and sense of security when she strikes gold. Meet Volmer at Books Inc. (1760 Fourth St., Berkeley) on Sunday, Jan. 16. 5 p.m., free.

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