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 2020 is July 12, 2020. Mark your calendars!

The book festival opened in 2018 and grew significantly in 2019. It is sponsored by Whistling Rabbit Press and is hosted by the Southern Mono Historical Society. Book sales benefit the Mammoth Museum.


We’ve got plans to make the 2020 festival bigger and better than ever. Local authors have new books coming out this year. We’ve got leads on a well-known science fiction writer, a children’s author with many books, and workshops with a travel writer, a poet, and an artist. Stay tuned…


Sierra Nevada College writing teacher and author of Outdoor Book award-winning “Almost Somewhere” and the forthcoming “Bad Tourist,” Suzanne Roberts, will be offering a two-hour workshop on travel writing “Turning your Trips into Tales.”

Description: Have you ever wondered how to become a travel writer? If so, this generative workshop will help you write about your journeys and adventures, past and future. We’ll discuss different kinds of travel writing opportunities, as well as how to craft an effective travel piece. Topics covered will include keeping a journal; research and audience; concrete detail and sense in setting; the use of effective dialogue and narrative voice; and the development of action and arc. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring paper and pen.

$40 per participant, registration capped at 15 people. Register through the contact page.

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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.