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Book Reviews

Named a "Best New Read" in Fall 2018 by High Country News in Paonia, CO!

"This is a lovely, well put-together gem of a book."
– Patrick Cone, National Parks Traveler’s Fall 2018 Essential Park Guide

"A lovely mixture of poetry and prose. Some [stories] are daring tales of rescues, others are relaxed musings on the power of just being in nature's beauty."
– Jessi Loerch, Washington Trails

"An engaging, entertaining, unique and simply fascinating read from cover to cover, ‘Campfire Stories: Tales from America's National Parks’ is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of anyone who has ever experienced America's national parks for themselves – or would like to!"
– Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review

“Each of these heartfelt pieces helps to weave a tapestry particular to each of the parks visited… For those who enjoy stories and the great outdoors, this collection is going to be a real gift. The writing throughout is engaging and the selection of works is diverse and rich.”
– Rosi Hollinbeck, Tulsa Book Review

"Dave and Ilyssa Kyu’s collection of essays, poetry, short stories, and songs, Campfire Stories: Tales from America’s National Parks, brings together the work of well-known writers like Bill Bryson, Terry Tempest Williams, John Muir, and Isabella Bird with pieces from the oral tradition of indigenous people, and lesser-known chroniclers of nature and adventure. "
- Big Sky Journal, Fall 2018



For press inquiries and event requests, please reach out to Marissa Litak at Mountainers Books:

Book Reviews

High Country News
Named a "Best New Read" in Fall 2018

Sierra News Online
Reignite Your Imagination With Free Campfire Stories Event

Outside Online
7 New and Unconventional Beach Reads

The Joy Trip Project
Campfire Stories ~ When All The World Was Wild

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT
A surprise pregnancy didn't stop this couple from uncovering tales from 6 national parks



The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA
The Parent Trip: Ilyssa and Dave Kyu of Passyunk Square

The Joy Trip Project Podcast
Campfire Stories ~ An interview with authors Dave & Ilyssa Kyu

Folkloristic Podcast
Episode 008 - Campfire Stories with Dave and Ilyssa Kyu



Grind TV
“This couple is publishing an anthology of campfire stories from America’s national parks”

Joy Trip Project
“Campfire Stories ~ a publishing initiative inspires tales by firelight”

Dirtbag Darling
“David and Ilyssa Kyu of ‘Campfire Stories'”



Bangor Daily News
“Gather Round the Campfire at the Jesup”

MDI Islander
“Gather around the campfire”