Category Archives: Uncategorized

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 (http://www.theartopeningproject.org) or by contacting Erin at theartopeningproject@gmail.com.

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!

The ABA and Free Speech

I  hold the annual dues bill from the American Booksellers Association with trepidation each year.  It seems like such a large chunk in the slow winter months when I could send that money in so many other directions.  So I  annually reevaluate the decision to participate.  I do love the Indie Next Lists we offer to customers, the Book Page reviews, and bookstore news though, so I eventually send off my check.

The ABA is also a strong and active voice to protect free speech, something we have become a little complacent about.  Stir up some controversy though, and we remember how fragile the right to free speech really is.

With the cancellation of Simon & Schuster publishing contract with “conservative firebrand” Milo Yiannopoulos for his book Dangerous, due out in June, the ABA published a thoughtful and appreciated article in its bookseller newsletter on the topic. Some booksellers were boycotting Simon & Schuster for agreeing to publish the book, which of course is a protected First Amendment right, but one that may cause publishers to limit their taking on controversial topics in the future.  I don’t want to read Yiannopoulos’s book, I probably wouldn’t stock it in the store, I don’t even know why his views should interest me.  I resent the label conservative being linked with hatefulness.  But the controversy could just as easily be over something else – Harriet Beecher Stowe and Nelson Mandela were controversial. Wendell Berry, a writer I adore, is an activist, sometimes angrier than others,  and I would be devastated if his work went unpublished.  Obviously this is just a simple little example of a giant topic, but I’m glad the ABA is taking the principled stand they have.

Below is the summation of ABA’s statement. I can only respond with “Well put and thank you, my check is on its way.”

 

Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book | American Booksellers Association

From the beginning of the controversy over Dangerous, ABA has defended the freedom of publishers and booksellers to sell the titles they want,” ABA CEO Oren Teicher commented. “The First Amendment protects the right of Simon & Schuster to cancel Dangerous, just as it protected their right to acquire it. And without question, the First Amendment also protects the right of consumers to boycott publishers in protest about any particular title, and for a bookseller to decide what titles will be carried in his or her store. As abhorrent or as distasteful as some subjects may be, ABA remains concerned about the rising pressure on publishers to cancel or change books because someone finds them offensive.”

Memorial Gathering Planned for Robert Miller

bob miller 1To cover all of my contact bases, I just wanted to let all of Robert “Bob” Miller’s friends know that his family has scheduled a memorial gathering for Sunday, September 18 at 2:00.  Location will be at Izaak Walton Park, West Line Street Bishop.

This will be an informal potluck get together, a time to share memories and stories over good food.  Please bring a dish to share if possible and your own drink.  (The park doesn’t allow alcohol).  Utensils will be provided.  Izaak Walton Park is the beautiful, tree filled County Park on Bishop Creek, just west of Manor Market on West Line.

His family is coming from Oregon, California, Florida and Nevada to celebrate Bob’s remarkable life in the community and mountains he loved so well.  They wish to meet his friends and fellow artists here in Bishop, so please attend if possible.  If you cannot attend, please keep Bob in your thoughts on that afternoon with us.

Contact Diane at the store if you have any questions – 760-873-6882, or cell, 760-937-7317.

Our artist Bob Miller grabbing some of his favorite molasses cookies.
Our artist Bob Miller grabbing some of his favorite molasses cookies.

 

Bon Voyage to BUHS 2016 Grads

Well saying thanks and so long to this year’s crop of students who have been a part of the store is certainly bittersweet.  Yes, my baby Katie is graduating!

First let me thank two others who have volunteered (or been conscripted) with such enthusiasm for special events.  We are sure going to miss Katrina Biehl and Joe Morgan!

The Three Buccaneers! Katie, Katrina and Joe. Thanks for the help!
The Three Buccaneers! Katie, Katrina and Joe. Thanks for the help!

Joe, an avid hunter and hiker I gather, and also  a phenomenal photographer,  is off to study at the University of Idaho next fall.  He makes a great pirate, so I’m sure becoming a Vandal won’t be too hard!  After getting to know him as Katie’s friend and classmate, I had to laugh to find out I’ve known his grandma since buying the store!  Good luck and thanks Joe.

Katrina, also an avid hunter and adventurer, is headed to University of Nevada Reno.  She has been a big part of the past four years in our house, and clearly made her share of party crews!  We appreciate your cheerful help and sense of humor Katrina. Don’t be a stranger, and best of luck to you!

Well some carnies are cuter than others! These two were a big help, and clearly enthusiastic.
Well some carnies are cuter than others! These two were a big help, and clearly enthusiastic.
Outlaws of the worst sort, but helpful nonetheless. Thanks Katie and Katrina!
Outlaws of the worst sort, but helpful nonetheless. Thanks Katie and Katrina!

And our Katie….what can I say?  We bought East Side Books when she was seven, so she has grown up with and in the store. She’s read through more than one shelf, and been a part of every event and party as well as moving  to the new digs.  It hasn’t always been her favorite activity, but she is used to being part of our family businesses and knows how much we rely on her and her brothers.  As trade off, she always had plenty to read, gets to taste test the ice cream, and she’s a great tractor driver! Yes we will miss her next year in so many ways!

Katie is headed to Washington State University to study Organic Agriculture Systems and Basic Medical Science.  She is interested in studying how food is grown affects health, and possibly watching some fun Pac 12 football games.  Congratulations Katie!

Which brings to mind another matter, I am going to be short of party help in the near future…if you know young people who might be interested, please let me know!  Since the parties are free community literacy events open to the public, they have successfully been used as community service hours when needed.

 





 

 

 

Leprechaun Party & Storytime on St. Patty’s Day for 2016

It is easy to remember, we will be celebrating with the Leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day for 2016!  Range & River’s annual Leprechaun Party & Storytime will be on March 17, from 5:30 to 8:00.

This is an Open House event, with games, crafts, treats and stories throughout the evening.  Each child will also be able to search for the leprechaun’s treasure too, and toss some lucky coins into the Fairy Well.  It is always a fun and magical evening!

As Neil Gaiman has so eloquently said, we believe that kids will be readers if they see reading as a pleasurable activity. Never mind school, grades or homework, reading great stories is fun and we don’t want the next generation to miss out!  Their little imaginations grow and flourish when they live the stories in their own minds, and (science here) synapse connections are made that help them be higher level thinkers and problem solvers as they grow.  Even Albert Einstein said that if you want your children to be geniuses, read them fairy tales!  So, bring the little ones in your life to hear stories and enjoy some leprechaun magic with us!

Here are some memories from years past to get you in the right frame of mind

 

Farewell Friend

imageThis morning I said good bye to a dear friend who has been such a huge part of our store.  Robert Bruce Miller (11/6/1923 – 1/9/2016) passed away  early today very quickly and peacefully.

i can’t really write about this yet.  After leaving the hospital though,  my first thought was to walk down Mandich Street to Sunland as the sun was rising and the ravens called.  This was Bob’s traditional “early” walk, to assess the day and note the trees, horses,  birds and mountains.  This is where he spent hours and weeks drawing the two cottonwoods and many other pieces.  As the hives are traditionally informed when a beekeeper passes, his trees know he is In a new place too.  I’m sure they will spread the word.

Walk in peace Bob.

Happy Holidays from Behind the Counter!

imageMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our great customers!  It has been a short year, with a lot of progress for the store and more improvement to look forward to.  I’m asked daily how the new location is doing, and I am optimistic.  However,  I’d like to request your continued support in the coming year as we haven’t quite hit a viable level yet.  It certainly takes a village to keep books available in the village, and I know if you are reading this, you have been one of the reasons the doors are still open.  We sincerely thank you.

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2016 with plenty of reading time.

Best wishes,

Diane & Dave Doonan, and Courtney, Lindsey, Jill, Celica and Jill

 

 

Bookstore Baby #2 – a Tardy Welcome!

Well I’m about 4 months late, but that gives me more cute pictures to share!  We welcomed our bookseller Lindsey’s new baby daughter to the world on April 20.  Congratulations to Lindsey, her husband James, and big sister Sarah!

Aubrey Daphne is a happy and healthy little girl, and I am a happy aunty too!  Time to start stocking her little bookshelves….

Thank You James Wilson

Much has already been said to eulogize local resident James Wilson whose death saddened and shocked the community last week .  All of us here at Range & River Books want to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  He will be so, so missed.

I also have a personal note of appreciation in memoriam.  James was a frequent customer, sometimes finding a new old birding book,  sometimes just looking over the stock, and sometimes clearing his own shelves.  I saved up questions to ask him when he came in, like the benefits of being open Sunday, and he fielded them with honesty, patience and genuine interest.  As we considered moving the store, his insights were invaluable and his support for making the move certainly helped inspire the difficult decision. We spent a lot of time discussing what it is that keeps a book store viable in this age of fading interest, and what a new name should be since East Side would conflict with guess which store on Main Street.  Of course, since we were relocating to the building he had occupied in earlier years, he also had both humorous and practical advice on dealing with this old building!

I appreciated his and his wife Kay’s commitment to voting with their dollars, including support for local food at the Jr. Livestock Auction and my offspring’s grass fed beef business, as well as supporting the bookstore. I enjoyed too his glow of pride talking about his own daughter, and then grandchild.  He followed his passions, loved his family, and upheld his values, which is an example for all of us.

In what turned out to be his last visit to our store, he was still trying to brainstorm ideas that would improve sales and keep us afloat.  As he left, he leaned in and said, “you know, a community needs a bookstore”.  I agree James.  Thank you.