Public invited to celebrate John Di Pol’s new book

Public invited to celebrate John Di Pol’s new bookThe Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is planning an informal event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at the Historic USO Building.

The public is invited to help HSUMD unveil its latest publication, “Tales of the Upper Mojave Desert and the Eastern Sierras” by John Di Pol.

Di Pol will be there to greet his many friends and everyone fascinated by local history who would like to come. Also available to chat with the public will be Liz Babcock, who edited and laid out the book, including about 220 illustrations, many of them rare photos never before published.

“We hope the public will show up to buy books and chat with John and Liz,” said Carol Porter, HSUMD collections manager, who is coordinating the event.

She said she deliberately selected the time of day to make it easy for people to drop in during their lunch hours.

The book is a collection of historical articles by Di Pol, with most of the tales having appeared in the society’s monthly newsletter over the years. The cover price for the 250-page book is $29.95, but for the day of this event only, the book will be offered for the special price of $25.

Ever since Di Pol arrived in China Lake in 1950, he has had a thirst to learn the tales of our desert, and the book presents a wide variety of these yarns in a sprightly style. Noted Western author Remi Nadeau IV has praised Di Pol for making “a unique contribution in researching and writing the history of California’s last frontier” and providing an “indispensable book on this exciting story of  Eastern California.”

After the book’s debut, it will be available in the Historic USO Building Gift Shop, as well as other venues around town.

Story First Published: 2013-06-05