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 book festival opened in 2018 and grew significantly in 2019. In 2020 it moved online, but ran for six wonderful hours of author presentations and interviews. For 2021, the festival was (a)live again and set attendance records despite being baptized with some afternoon sprinkles.

For our FIFTH year, in 2022, we’re planning on being in person and bigger and better than ever!

It 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.



Sunday, July 17, 2022

At the beautiful Hayden Cabin along the banks of Mammoth Creek in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Speakers, food & drink, music, games, books for sale and giveaway, and vendors.

Entrance and a good time are free.

Have an idea? Get in touch. Want to volunteer? We’d love to have you.


9 a.m.        WELCOME                                                        Jennifer Crittenden

9:15            What I’ve Been Reading                                Christopher Platt

9:45           Book Collecting in the Age of the Internet     Robert Joki with a 520-year-old book, Virgil’s Opera

10:15            BREAK

10:30          Author Interview: Native Air                  Jonathan Howland (interviewed by Jennifer Crittenden)

11:15        Women Who Dared                                   R.D. Kardon & Lori Oliver-Tierney (authors of the Flygirl series and Trudge)

12-1        LUNCH

1                Author Interview: Straight Flossin’                    Danny Nielsen (interviewed by David Carle)

1:30            It Takes a Village (To Put Out a Book)                 Debbie Boucher, Gina Webber & Cassidy Moyer

2:15            BREAK

2:30            Useful Questions for Coping in Today’s Ultra-Stressful Times:        Corrinn Davis

3                The Odyssey & Greek Classics                            Cliff Davis, Cerro Coso

3:30    Shakespeare & Modern Performance History    Yvonne Mills, Cerro Coso

4                How Writers Groups Mentor Writers: Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, California Writers Club

   4:15          THE BIG REVEAL: THE SOLUTION TO UNLUCKY 7, the interactive mystery    WITH Daniel Stallings & Master Mystery Productions

4:30            Author Variety Show begins…                                    All

and lots of new guests with new books !


8 minutes per author

Come tell us about your book: do a reading, or a song, explain your writing process, or take questions from the audience — these 8 minutes are your time to shine!


Photo Gallery


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.