October 23, 2007:
Spellbinder Books and The Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History are pleased to be teaming up again to bring an author to the Owens Valley. Since Halloween is just around the corner, it's the perfect time for a visit from Gena Philibert-Ortega, author of the new book, Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra. The book, published just last month by Arcadia Publishing, is a treasure trove of local history and photos, and covers a wide range of sites on the East Side, including Lone Pine, Independence, Manzanar, Bishop, Benton, Bodie and even Bridgeport, to name a few.
This is the second in a series of author appearances the Museum and Bookstore have collaborated on. Spellbinder owner Lynne Almeida believes that "part of the mission of the bookstore is to bring interesting cultural and educational events to the area through author visits. We're really pleased to be partnering with the Museum, to be able to offer authors two great locations and communities in which to present their books." "And," adds Chris Langley, the Museum's Executive Director, "the more successful and well-attended events we can put on through both venues, the more authors will find it enjoyable and worth their while to tour the East Side."
Author Gena Philibert-Ortega says, "Cemeteries are fragile windows into the past. Those of the Eastern Sierra trace the area's history back more than 100 years … This book is not meant to be an exhaustive guide to all cemeteries or grave sites in the region … [it] is but a small look at some of the many cemeteries in this region and the people who helped make its history. I hope this book will serve as a catalyst to better understanding our history and respecting those who came before us." She will be giving a presentation on the book in addition to signing copies.