So Many Gifts, and Plenty of Time!

Whether your gift list is short or a mile long, we have many unique items that will help you cross off names!  Don’t forget how nice it is to see the exact item you are buying, and take it home in your hot little hands to stick under the tree.  We will even wrap it up with a bow if you like!

Our works by local artists make wonderful gifts, as do gift certificates, unique vintage or antiquarian books, toys, new books, jewelry, gift card holders, models, and more, more, more!  Christmas may not come from a store, but fun gifts sure can if you keep it local!

Here are some ideas for you to consider –

Chocolate Art Walk 2017 – Recap

Super crowds and perfect weather were out for the annual Chocolate Art Walk!  We thoroughly enjoyed music by The Muldoon Family Trio (Michael, Elijah and Matt Muldoon), plus the watercolors of Lynn Marit Peterson, pottery from Michael Cooke and Bart Godett, jewelry from Julie Prange, and all the other artsy wonders of the store!

Thank you so much to our crew of Courtney, Thomas and Ella for putting in a long evening to welcome the customers and dish the ice cream, and a huge thanks also to the artists who made it such fun.   Note that many of the works are still available for your holiday shopping!


Once Upon a Time…the Bookstore was Haunted!

Fall Fling & Banned Books Week Hits Main Street

So much to celebrate in the Eastern Sierra each fall!  Lets kick it off with the Downtown Bishop Fall Fling, California Indian Days, and Banned Books Week, starting this Friday, September 22!

The Bishop Chamber of Commerce has organized the first Fall Fling on Friday, appropriately the first day of Fall!  From 7-9 there will be open stores and entertainment up and down Main Street for a fun evening, plus a chance to win a raffle drawing.  At Range & River, we are going to kick off our Banned Books Week celebration too, so be sure to stop by to check out our Banned Books display and to enter the door prize drawing!  We will be sampling an new ice cream flavor, Wild Mountain Blackberry, which you will not want to miss either!

Courtney has been working her creative magic on our Banned Books Week displays, so we will have a special door prize to highlight this great nationwide event.  And what better time than California Indian Days to pick up a good book on Native American culture or history to learn more on the topic.  Stop by Paiute Palace where the Pabanamanina Powwow will be going on all weekend.


Yes. The Bookstore is for Sale

Well this is a hard post to write, but I need to stop putting it off.  I have decided to sell the book store in order to pursue other avenues with my family. It has been so much fun, and a very fulfilling occupation, but I need to do other things.   If you are interested in the specifics, please contact Diane at 760-937-7317.

Since the intent is to sell the whole business, our operations will remain the same for the time being.  I’m hoping that all of you bookish folks who read the blog posts will know the perfect new store owner – send him or her my way if you do!

The magical goat

Let me list some of the positives:

  • Ideal central location in Bishop with excellent foot traffic, decent parking, decent access.  Approximately 2,000 square feet including health department inspected kitchen for ice cream and beverage services, plus more if desired.  Upstairs space currently under utilized, but has potential.
  • Outstanding inventory in fiction, nonfiction, and popular genres.  Almost 5,000 books listed on on-line sales inventory.
  • Loyal customer base
  • Well trained, creative, and enthusiastic employees
  • Increasing online sales
  • Well designed web site established
  • Front porch
  • Varied and beautiful items from consignment sellers
  • City of Bishop working on enhancing downtown with various programs
  • Improving nationwide health of independent bookstores
  • As much or as little help/training from Diane as the new owner wishes

Of course we all know book sales have seen drastic hits since about 2008, but the news is improving.  Our store mirrors that trend, and we have the advantage of being able to sell food items and gifts/souvenirs.  It is such a pleasure to match people with good books, I know someone else will step in to carry on the 35 year tradition of The Worn Bookworm/East Side Books/Range & River Books.  Please call me if you have any questions.


So Long High School and Congrats to Kara, Celica, and Ivy! Way to Go Ella and Erin!

It is time again to congratulate several members of our extended store “family” who have completed an academic milestone!  Of course we are excited to see where they go, and what they do next, but we can confidently say their future will include plenty of good books.

Kara has actually already finished her high school curriculum and is attending Cerro Coso classes, but graduation ceremonies this week at Palisade High School will make it official.  She shelves for us, and is also a talented artist and self taught computer web page designer.  The coming year will be one for making decisions on what comes next, but we are glad she is working on our shelves in the meanwhile!

Kara will celebrate graduation at Palisades this week!



Celica worked for us more than a year shelving and scooping ice cream until last summer.  She entertained dozens of kids at our various events, and entertains all ages in church and in the

Congratulations Celica on your graduation from BUHS!

community with her beautiful voice and musical talents.  Be sure to listen for her at the BUHS graduation!  I am sure her future studies will include music too.

Our bookseller Susan’s daughter, Ivy, will also be donning the cap and gown on Friday night, in preparation for her next academic chapter at Chico State.  Nothing like the baby of the family graduating to stir up the emotions, but we know Ivy has much to look forward to, and mom has visiting her at her own alma mater to look forward to as well!


Ella (on the left) moves on to Bishop Union in the fall!

We also want to extend congratulations to our shelver Ella who just completed 8th grade at Round Valley and moves on to the fun times at Bishop Union next year.




I dont have a photo of Erin handy, but this gives you the idea of her cool self.

And we can’t forget our super energetic  ice cream scooper and shelver

of  last summer, Erin Barnes, who just completed nursing school!  Rumor has it she was top of her class too.  Good luck in your career Erin!



Lastly, we congratulate all of the graduates throughout the Eastern Sierra.  We are glad to be here to help with your assigned reading and research, but most especially for your pleasure reading!  If your plans include college, it is a hard time to get recreational reading done, but please don’t lose the habit, it will enrich your life in so many ways.  Whatever your do in the years to come, we hope you continue to study, research and ponder, and as my dear friend the artist Robert Miller said, create something every day.  All the best to you grads!


The Future of Wildness – Author Event & Booksigning

We have a unique opportunity next week to discuss a topic near and dear to most of us in the Eastern Sierra – how humans relate with the wild world.  Author John Hausdoerffer is traveling through Bishop on his way to experience some Sierra wildness, and offered to spend the evening reading and leading a discussion with us.  Hausdoerffer coedited a new book, Wildness:  Relations of People and Place, just published by University of Chicago Press earlier this year.

The event will take place Friday, May 12 at 7:00.  Location will be at Range & River Books at 206 N. Main, unless we need a bigger venue, in which case it will move to Inyo Council for the Arts.  Please call to RSVP and/or reserve a copy of the book so that we can best accommodate the interested public.

hausdoerffer wildness book photo

John Hausdoerffer is the director of the Master in Environmental Management at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO, where he serves as a Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Philosophy. He is also a fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature in Chicago.

Co-edited with Gavin Van Horn from the Center for Humans and Nature, Wildness features creative nonfiction essays that explore the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes, and in urban communities. The book merges culturally diverse voices to delve into the evolution of “wildness,” including Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, The Black Land Project, Curt Meine, Julianne Warren, Robert Michael Pyle, Robin Kimmerer, Aaron Abeyta, Winona LaDuke, and Roderick Frazier Nash.

“Where ‘wilderness’ has become a divisive term in the environmental community,” explains Hausdoerffer, “’wildness’ has great potential to connect disparate branches of environmentalism. I look forward to exploring that potential with the Bishop community.”  Hausdoerffer will also read from his essays that appear in Wildness and may show clips from a documentary, “Wildness.”

The talk is free and open to the public.

Author John Hausdoerffer
Author John Hausdoerffer

Rare Collection of Fine Edward Abbey Books Up for Sale Now!

Not a day goes by that we don’t have requests for “anything” by Edward Abbey, especially Desert Solitaire.  Usually the book implied is a well thumbed, and somewhat scraggly copy to throw in the backpack – enough like the author to be fitting I suppose.  Well, that is not the collection of books that came in.

 We are going to offer them for sale locally for several weeks before listing them for sale through online marketplaces.  If you are interested, please come in soon!

Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was not born in the desert, but adopted it wholeheartedly after his first visit at 17.  He went on to author 23 books including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, plus anthologies, letters, and articles.  He studied writing with Wallace Stegner at Stanford as well as philosophy and English.  Most people are probably familiar with his relentless persona even if they have not read his works, but his crusty fictional characters usually personified his anarchist, environmental views. “Obey little, resist much” was a favored line.  Few authors are more beloved though, for descriptive writing of the desert Southwest and appreciation of wilderness.

The collection we received was acquired over decades and includes fine first editions of numerous works, two signed first editions, biographies, and very good paperbacks of additional titles.  We also have several memorial editions of the  Edward Abbey Western Wilderness Calendars (1991-1994), and other ephemera.  Some highlights are listed below.

The Art Opening Project

If you have noticed the very creative artwork gracing our walls in the Children’s area and hallway, we have The Art Opening Project to thank!  Artists and teachers Erin Boehme and Hannah Burgoyne are working with local classrooms to publicly display student’s artworks.

The Art Opening Project – Tending the Gardens of Creativity – is funded through the Dorcas Birchim Art Fund and is in partnership with Wild Roots Forest School Eastern Sierra.  The goal is to support children’s creativity and contribution to our community through inclusive art projects, individual creations, public display and community involvement.   Learn more about the project at the website ( or by contacting Erin at

The first show to arrive on our walls is the work of Mrs. Arcularius’s Fourth Grade class from Round Valley Elementary.  The students learned about Native American storytelling traditions and read some wonderful retellings of Native American legends.  Each student then created a multimedia collage representing a legend/book, with stunning results.  As a bonus for displaying their work, in addition to the recognition for their creativity, each student will receive special coupons for visiting their display.

Erin will coordinate future displays with classroom teachers.  Please contact her if you are interested!