Camping book signing Saturday |

Camping book signing Saturday

Staff Reports

Shelby’s Book Shoppe of Minden is giving campers who enjoy peaceful camping the chance to meet the authors of “Eastern Sierra And Death Valley Camping With Privacy: Your Guide To Finding The Most Private Campsites Near Mammoth Lakes, Tuolumne Meadows, Death Valley, And Beyond” during a book signing from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

At 2 p.m., author Kimberly Wilkes and co-author and professional photographer Patrick Wilkes will talk about their experiences writing the book, share information about some of the Eastern Sierra’s most desirable campsites, and reveal a little-used campground an hour from Minden and Gardnerville where campers have a good chance of finding a campsite even on weekends or a holiday. The authors also will mention two campsites to avoid during monsoonal rainstorms. Visitors to Shelby’s throughout the book signing can munch on complimentary s’mores bars and be eligible to win one of two Eastern Sierra or Death Valley prints by Patrick Wilkes.

“Eastern Sierra And Death Valley Camping With Privacy” offers people who like privacy when they’re camping an easy way to instantly know exactly which campsites are the most peaceful, either when making reservations on or or when visiting first-come, first-served campgrounds.

“Whether campers simply enjoy being surrounded by quaking aspens, want to be far away from neighbors’ lights so they can view the stars at night, or prefer to camp as far away as possible from rowdy neighbors, ‘Eastern Sierra And Death Valley Camping With Privacy’ allows campers to rest and rejuvenate in camp spaces that are the most private in the campground,” Kimberly said.

Kimberly and Patrick, a husband and wife team, published the book after looking at 3,416 campsites in 91 campgrounds, including Hope Valley Resort, Tuolumne Meadows, the campgrounds in Lee Vining Canyon, Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes, Convict Lake, Rock Creek Canyon, Whitney Portal, Grandview Campground near the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Death Valley campgrounds and everything in between.

‘Eastern Sierra And Death Valley Camping With Privacy’ is the only book of its kind that critiques and rates individual campsites. It includes a description of each campsite with privacy so readers will know exactly what the campsite is like. The authors also gave each campsite in the book a grade from A+ to C+, based on the site’s privacy. Plus the book features a description of each campground in addition to activities and restaurants that are located nearby, and a special section listing campsites where anglers can fish steps away from the picnic table. For most of the campgrounds, it also lists whether Verizon cell phone service is available.

There is no cost to attend the book signing. 88 Cups will remain open during the event; food and beverages will be available for purchase. 88 Cups is located next to Shelby’s Book Shoppe at 1663 Lucerne St.

For more information about the book signing, visit Shelby’s or call 782-5484. For more information about ‘Eastern Sierra And Death Valley Camping With Privacy’, visit