Local Author Genny Smith

Mammoth Lakes author and activist Genny Schumacher Smith passed away this month at age 96.   Besides writing some of the first regional guidebooks, she is also credited with stopping the planned trans-Sierra highway documented by Jack Fisher in his book Stopping the Road (2014) Please find a full and interesting obituary in The Sheet  at http://thesheetnews.com/category/news/  from the March 10, 2018 edition.

Her two most recognized books are regional guidebooks, Mammoth Lakes Sierra, and The Deepest Valley.  With several updates through her own publishing company, these are still books I do not hesitate to recommend.  The Deepest Valley incorporates enough human and natural history with trail and road information to hold a casual visitor or old timer’s interest as they explore our beautiful area.  I tried to pull copies from the shelf to photograph for this post, but I am sold out, again.

Genny Smith leaves a rich legacy in the Eastern Sierra. While I did not know her personally, like many favorite authors, it feels like I could have.   I hope her books stay in print for us all to appreciate.

Romance Classic a Winner!

Our 2018 Romance cover winner beat the illustrious, and questionably romantic, Stephen King inner cover by only ONE vote!   Congratulations our gift certificate drawing winners, Karen Coy, Connie Williams, and Riley, who managed to draw her own ticket!


Say hello to our winners –

Top 2018 Winner:   

And the very close Runner Up with the Stephen King model:








And I just had to throw out some of my votes for most outrageous over the years….

A winner – Romance Cover Contest!

Riley and Danica picked our winwing customer names 2/28/18

Short Hours this Week

If you have put off stopping in to view the Romance Cover contestants, or to stock up on books in case we actually get a snow storm, make sure you check the modified hours for this week below.

Monday  2/26:  10 – 4:00

Tuesday  2/27:  11 – 4:00

Wednesday 2/28:  11 – 4:00

I apologize for any inconvenience.    We will accept books for store credit consideration starting March 1 through the 14.    Thanks for your patience!



Red Heads Rule in Annual Romance Cover Contest!

Yes the infamous Romance Cover Contest is back, and you can vote once a day from February 1 through 28!  The theme for the year is sizzling red heads, or demure red heads, or….well take a look at the contestants.

The contest is easy enough.  Just consider our stellar examples of outrageous romance covers, and pick your favorite.  We don’t define favorite, you have to do that!  Toss your vote in the bucket at the store or enter with an email or comment on the website or Facebook page.  We do tally the votes to see how the tastes of the Owens Valley amaze us, but a winner is drawn randomly from all of the votes.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE READ THE BOOK, OR EVER READ THE BOOK.  We are just light heartedly judging these books by their covers!  Of course if you want to read the book, we will save it for you in March!

Grand prize is a $25 gift certificate, good throughout the store!

Here are the contestants:

  #1  Capture the Sun by Shirl Henke
This novel features a “flame-haired beauty” suffering a forced marriage in the Montana wilderness, with a few fringe benefits and a forbidden love.  Published in 1988, it interestingly uses pink watercolors to capture the searing Western sky…

  #2  Valor’s Reward by Jean R. Ewing
A Regency Romance (notice the high waisted dress?)  has the requisite Lord in conflict with our red haired heroine, at least for a while.  Their conflict went to an extreme with shots fired and injury inflicted, how romantic is that?  Despite the historic subject, this choice was published in 1996.

#3  Ready, Aim….I Do! by Debra Webb

Intrigue for this red head, a  CIA Special Agent appropriately named Ginger,  is a sham marriage to another special agent who is in mortal danger.  Not a typical honeymoon, apparently!  This one is recent, published in 2013.

#4   A Warrior’s Passion  by Margaret Moore
Wales is the romantic location choice for this fully clothed option.  Misty hills, castles, and flowing red locks on the heroine is romantic perfection!  This is a 1998 publication

#5  Shadow Dance  by Anne Stuart

His are the flowing locks on this classic cover, and red curls are demurely tucked away.  Despite his name, Valerian, a sedative herb, and some confusing cross dressing, the inside teaser  on this one is plenty steamy.  I don’t think anyone stays demure too long in this 1993 classic.

#6  Misery by Stephen King

What?!  Stephen King?  Well look inside my friends!  Not only is it a red headed heroine, but the male looks suspiciously like Mr. King himself!  If you don’t remember the story line in Misery, the main character is an author, Paul Sheldon, and his book is featured inside.  

So take a minute and cast your vote with an email or comment!  Or come in and take a closer look.  We love to hear your opinions and observations!

Enjoy a Sundae with Your Valentine!

If you are looking for a fun treat to share with your valentine this year, stop in for a sundae!  We will be topping the yummy Cascade Glacier Ice Cream with chocolate or other toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries.  Sized for two, although you may decide to keep it all to your self, no problem.

The Sundae for Two will be $7.50.  A mini version will only be $4.50.  Regularly priced cones and dishes range from $2.50 to $4.50. You may want to find a book to read to each other while you are here too!

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!


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