Welcome to the Eastern Sierra Book Festival webpage. We’re glad you’re here.

The book festival is a one-day celebration of books, writing, reading, and publishing. It is held annually in July at the beautiful Mammoth Museum at Hayden Cabin in Mammoth Lakes, California, on the Eastside of the Sierra Nevada.

The festival is sponsored by Whistling Rabbit Press and is hosted by the Southern Mono Historical Society. Book sales benefit the Mammoth Museum.

Here’s an interview with Jennifer Crittenden, the organizer of the book festival and author of The Mammoth Letters and Working Dogs of the Eastern Sierra, with Christopher Platt, head librarian of Mono Co libraries and Stacy Adler, superintendent of Mono Co schools, on their Oxygen Starved podcast in which they talk about the origins of the festival, as well as writing and reading and what makes the Eastern Sierra so intoxicating.


We’re moving the festival to a Saturday!

We’ll be at the Hayden Cabin in Mammoth Lakes, California all day with books, new and used, speakers, games, drinks, music, vendor booths, the Author Variety Show, and more!

Check back for the schedule of events, or, better yet, sign up for the newsletter. That’s the best way to stay informed of breaking news.

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2021 – The Big Year

2020 – The Online Year

The entire event was streamed to Facebook and can be watched here.

The individual author segments can be watched here.

2019 – The Dog Year

2018 – The First Year


Interested in participating, speaking, having a vendor booth, or volunteering? Get in touch and let us know your great idea. Let’s have some fun.