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 date for 2021 is July 18, 2021. Mark your calendars!

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. The plan is to return to an in-person (live!) format in 2021 if coronavirus doesn’t have other plans for us.

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.


This year, we’re making lemonade from lemons

After reflection and consultation, we have decided to replace the 2020 Eastern Sierra Book (in-person) Festival with an online event. We’ll be doing author interviews and talking about books and publishing all day on Sunday, Jul 12, starting at 10 a.m.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Click here for the Facebook Live stream of the event. Here is the lineup and the approximate start times of the speakers so you can navigate this long video:
0: Jennifer Crittenden (host)
10 min: Christopher Platt
40 min: RD Kardon
1 hr 10 min: Kendra Atleework
1 hr 40 min: Kim Steinhardt
2 hr 10 min: Corrinn Davis
2 hr 40 min: Janet & David Carle
3 hr 10 min: Ann Parker
3 hr 40 min: Robert Joki
4 hr 10 min: Terry Pierce
4 hr 40 min: T. Jefferson Parker
5 hr 10 min: Kristen Fogle
5 hr 40 min: Danny Nielsen
6 hr 10 min: Suzanne Roberts

Here are some of the books we’ll be talking about. Get your copy, fire up your glasses and join us.


  • 10 AM—Chris Platt – Librarian ——————“What I’m Reading”
  • 10:30—–Robin Kardon – Author —————-Flygirl and Angel Flight
  • 11———–Kendra Atleework – Author ———Miracle Country
  • 11:30——Kim Steinhardt – Author ————-“Writing for Change”
  • 12———–Corrinn Davis – Author —————-Useful Questions
  • 12:30——David & Janet Carle – Authors ——Traveling the 38th Parallel
  • 1————-Ann Parker – Author ——————-The Silver Rush Mysteries
  • 1:30——–Robert Joki – Editor ——————“Production of an Art Book”
  • 2————Terry Pierce – Author ————–Love Can Come in Many Ways
  • 2:30——–T. Jefferson Parker – Author ——–Crazy Blood & 20+ Books
  • 3————Kristen Fogle-SD Writers Ink——-“Building a Writing Practice”
  • 3:30——-Danny Nielsen – Writer —————“People Watching on Earth”
  • 4————Suzanne Roberts – Author, Teacher —-Bad Tourist


Christopher Platt, Mono County Librarian and former New York City System Librarian, will kick us off at 10 a.m. with a review of what he’s been reading. This is a not-to-be-missed time slot (I’m serious). You’ll learn more of value in 30 minutes than all those Book Review sections you’re always putting aside to read later. [Photo by Don Chambers]
Former park rangers, David and Janet Carle set out on an around-the-world journey in search of water-related environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. This book is a chronicle of their adventures as they meet people confronting challenges in water supply, pollution, wetlands loss, and habitat protection. At the heart of the narrative are the riveting stories of the passionate individuals—scientists, educators, and local activists—who are struggling to preserve some of the world’s most amazing, yet threatened, landscapes. On at 12:30.

Writer Danny Nielsen joins us at 3:30 to talk about his work “People Watching on Earth.” He says, “Much of the last decade I have worked in, and explored, the American West. I have enjoyed countless hours behind the wheel driving along the Eastern Sierra, days spent exploring remote desert canyons, and moonless nights illuminated by only the stars above. My favorite memories end with sinking my bare toes into the sand and sipping a cold beer while watching the sunset over the desert landscape. I am currently working on a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution at the University of Nevada in Reno where I live with my wife, daughter, and our Corgi.” He’ll be doing a reading from his amazing writing.

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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.